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The application date for 2016 fellowships is December 15, 2015. Applicants will be notified after January 15, 2016. Please check the "What’s New" section or follow @PEMLibrary on Twitter for updates on 2016 and additional information.

Phillips Library Research Fellowships

The Peabody Essex Museum of Salem, Massachusetts, accepts applications for fellowships (now up to six each year) to scholars to who wish to use library and related collections for research and publication on New England ­ its history, cultures, and the interactions between New England and the world.

Fellowships are open to advanced scholars, graduate students, independent scholars, and library and museum professionals. Modest stipends may be awarded for up to two months. For these Research Fellowships, free housing in a studio apartment on the museum campus in Salem, MA, may also be available. The Phillips Library is currently located in a temporary facility in Peabody, MA.

Please fill out either the online Fellowship application form or
the Fellowship application [PDF]

Application deadline: December 15, 2015

Frances E. Malamy Research Fellowship

The Peabody Essex Museum of Salem, Massachusetts, is accepting applications for The Frances E. Malamy Research Fellowship of the Peabody Essex Museum's Phillips Library. The endowed Fellowship offers to an individual scholar a $5,000 grant to perform independent scholarly research that requires the use of archival materials held at the Phillips Library, and/or archiving activities under the direction of the Phillips Library staff. The scholarly research or archiving activities may result in the publication of the Fellow's findings, in book or article form, or in the form of a finding aid that will help other scholars doing research in the collection(s) the Fellow has worked on.

Fellowships are open to advanced scholars, graduate students, independent scholars, and library and museum professionals. The Fellow will acknowledge the Frances E. Malamy Research Fund in all publications. The Fellow's work must be done onsite, within a 3 month time frame. The Fellow will submit to the Phillips Library, which will share with the Malamy family, the following:

  1. A copy of any and all publications emanating from the Fellow's work
  2. A report at the completion of the Fellowship delineating the work the Fellow has done. This report must be submitted by the end of the calendar year

The Phillips Library collections include approximately 400,000 books, pamphlets, and broadsides; over 2,000 collections of Essex County, Massachusetts, manuscripts, including family papers, institutional and business records, account books, and diaries; and extensive holdings of maps and ephemera.

The Peabody Essex Museum collections are especially strong in pre-1860 furniture and decorative art objects made or used in Essex County; ship models, figureheads, and maritime arts and tools; and carvings, ceramics, jewelry, textiles, tools, and weapons depicting cultures in India, Japan, China, Africa, and the Pacific Islands. Other large collections include Asian export art as reflected in porcelain, paintings, gold, silver, furniture, and textiles; costumes, needlework, and furnishing textiles; military uniforms and equipage; children's games, toys, and dolls; and natural history. The fine art collections include paintings, works of sculpture, prints, and drawings in the areas of portraiture, marine art, views, and architecture.

Other special collections include the C. E. Fraser Clark Collection of the editions and papers of Nathaniel Hawthorne; the Ward Collection of Western-language materials on imperial China; nearly 3,000 shipping logbooks recording voyages in all parts of the world from 1756 to 1900; 7,000 worldwide nautical charts from the late 18th to the 19th centuries, business advertising literature, with one of the country's finest collections of early English pattern books; and a collection of 6,000 English and American children's books from the 17th century to the early 20th century.