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Marjorie Harding Memorial Fellowship

Recipients receive $1,000 towards travel and research expenses at archives in the Greater-Boston area on Thoreau related projects, as well as free attendance at the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering held in Concord, MA in early July.

Both emerging and established scholars, as well as Thoreau enthusiasts, are encouraged to apply.

Preference will be given to those candidates who will use the Thoreau Society’s Walter Harding Collection housed at the Thoreau Institute for at least part of the fellowship period, but applicants intending to use any of the Thoreau Society Collections or other Thoreau archives in the Greater-Boston area are encouraged to apply. (The Collections are described here:

Candidates are also encouraged to present their work at the Annual Gathering during the fellowship period or the year after the fellowship period.

To apply, candidates should send an email to our Executive Director, Michael Frederick ( with the following attachments:

1. A current curriculum vitae or resume
2. A project proposal approximately 1,000 words in length, including: a description of the project; a statement explaining the significance of the project; and an indication of the specific archives and collections the applicant wishes to consult.
3. Graduate students only: A letter of recommendation from a faculty member familiar with the student’s work and with the project being proposed. (This can be emailed to the Executive Director separately.)

The deadline for applications usually falls near the end of January each year, and the winner is announced at the Annual Gathering in Concord, Massachusetts.

Please contact the Executive Director for more information.

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