Historic Deerfield Summer Fellowship Program (Cancelled in 2021)

Nine-week summer fellowship for historic regional research

Historic Deerfield, Inc. invites college juniors and seniors to apply for its nine-week, tuition-free Summer Fellowship Program in History and Material Culture. Located in the scenic Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Historic Deerfield is the perfect place to explore New England and regional history, material culture and museum studies.

Summer Fellows...

  • Live in the historic village
  • Explore history and material culture studies in hands-on classroom seminars, walking tours and room studies with Historic Deerfield staff and visiting lecturers
  • Learn to guide and interpret in Historic Deerfield's furnished museum houses
  • Conduct original research on New England history and material culture using museum and library collections
  • Go on behind-the-scenes visits to historic sites in New England and take a week-long road trip to museums in the mid-Atlantic and Virginia
  • Pay no tuition or program fees

Deadline Information

With regret, Historic Deerfield cannot accept new applications for the 2021 Summer Fellowship Program due to the cancellation of the 2020 program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All students accepted to the 2020 program will take up their fellowship

Eligibility Requirements

Historic Deerfield welcomes applications from college juniors (class of 2021), and seniors who expect to graduate in 2020

Application Process

Please complete the application form found here

The application form must be supported by the following:

  • An official transcript from all colleges that you have attended, mailed directly to the contract address listed at the end of this form.
  • A brief essay (2-3 pages - 700-1000 words) discussing why you want to participate in the program and how your academic experiences (particularly any relevant research projects), and employment (including internships, volunteer and/or paid work) have prepared you for this program. Please make sure you put a hard return space in-between paragraphs when pasting your essay into the form field in the application.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $15.00, payable online. If you wish to pay by check, payment should be mailed to the contact address listed at the end of this form. Please make check payable to: Historic Deerfield, Inc.
  • At least two letters of recommendation from college faculty members who are familiar with your academic qualifications, classroom performance, and career interests. References should e-mail/mail letters to the contact address listed at the end of this form.