Awards & Honors: Hench Post-Dissertation Fellowship

The American Antiquarian Society is currently accepting applications for its Hench Post-Dissertation Fellowship.

Scholars who are no more than three years beyond receipt of the doctorate are eligible to apply for a special year-long residential fellowship to revise their dissertation for publication. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, generous sponsor of this fellowship, has made a challenge grant to the Society, which is currently raising money to endow this fellowship.

This award is considered Highly Prestigious by the National Research Council (NRC).

Deadline: October 15, 2017

Award Details

  • The purpose of the post-dissertation fellowship is to provide the recipient with time and resources to extend research and/or to revise the dissertation for publication.
  • The twelve-month stipend for this fellowship is $35,000.
  • The Hench Post-Dissertation Fellowship offers splendid opportunities for collegiality with and mentoring from the staff, other visiting fellows, and the academic community in and near Worcester, Massachusetts.
  • Recipients of other AAS long-term and short-term fellowships–academic scholars as well as creative and performing artists and writers–will be in residence for varying periods of time throughout the Hench Post-Dissertation Fellow’s tenure.
  • The Society has self-catering accommodations that fellows may rent. Although fellows have priority, renting from the Society is not a requirement of those holding fellowships. When requested, the staff will do their best to suggest alternative accommodations in Worcester or environs.


  • Scholars who are no more than three years beyond receipt of the doctorate are eligible to apply
  • Any topic relevant to the Society’s library collections and programmatic scope — that is, American history and culture through 1876 — is eligible.
  • Applicants may come from such fields as history, literature, American studies, political science, art history, music history, and others relating to America in the period of the Society’s coverage. The Society welcomes applications from those who have advance book contracts, as well as those who have not yet made contact with a publisher.

Application Procedure

  • The Hench Post-Dissertation Fellow will be selected on the basis of the applicant’s scholarly qualifications, the appropriateness of the project to the Society’s collections and interests, and, above all, the likelihood that the revised dissertation will make a highly significant book.
  • All materials for the Hench Fellowship are to be submitted online.


For further information about the Hench Fellowship, please contact Cheryl McRell, Program Administrator at AAS, at