The 2010-2011 MKH-CSS Fellowship has been awarded.
Please check back in the spring for information about our 2011-2012 fellowship opportunities.
Suburban Studies Fellowship (2010-2011)
The Montgomery County Historical Society (MCHS) is pleased to announce the Mary Kay Harper Center for Suburban Studies (MKH-CSS) Fellowship to support scholarly research in the field of suburban studies. The MKH-CSS Fellowship supports the research of a graduate student enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university researching suburban studies, especially as the subject relates to Montgomery County, Maryland.
The Center for Suburban Studies at the Montgomery County Historical Society was established as a legacy project to honor Executive Director Mary Kay Harper when she retired in 2008. Mary Kay served the Montgomery County Historical Society for over a quarter century, including 18 years as Executive Director. The MKH-CSS mission encourages a broad range of scholarly studies on 20th century suburban life in Montgomery County and shares those studies with the local community and the community of scholars in innovative ways. The MKH-CSS emphasizes the creation of a clear, thoughtful and inclusive understanding of Montgomery County's 20th century suburban past to help shape a sustainable future for all its citizens. To learn more about MCHS and the MKH-CSS visit www.montgomeryhistory.org.
Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate program pursuing a Master's or Doctoral degree. Student from all departments are encouraged to apply, so long as the research they propose encompasses the field of suburban studies. The fellowship may be used to complete an independent study, master's thesis, doctoral dissertation, or other defined research project.
Projects must relate to the broader topic of suburban studies and specifically to the suburbanization of Montgomery County, Maryland. Suburbanization in Montgomery County does not need to be the main focus of the research, but must be included as a substantial component of the project. Preference will be given to projects that plan to use the MCHS Jane C. Sween Research Library and Archives in Rockville, Maryland. Although use of the MCHS Library is encouraged, it is not a requirement for applying for the fellowship.
The MKH-CSS fellow is required to present his/her research during a session at the annual Montgomery County History Conference (Saturday, January 22, 2011). If the project is not complete by the time of the conference, the fellow will present his/her research to-date. Before the conclusion of the fellowship, the MKH-CSS fellow will summarize the results of his/her research for publication as an article in the MCHS biannual journal, The Montgomery County Story. The MKH-CSS is in the process of compiling an online guide to suburban studies resources in Washington, D.C. area. As such, the fellow will supply the MKH-CSS with an annotated copy of his/her bibliography to assist in augmenting this growing resource for researchers. All components of the fellowship must be completed within a year of the agreed upon start date.
The total stipend may vary from year to year. For 2010-11, the amount will be $2,000. This will not be prorated according to the length of the fellowship.
Along with a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference, applications should include a brief narrative description (no more than 2 pages) of the proposed project, its potential contributions to the field of suburban studies, and a statement of how the research relates to the mission of the MKH-CSS. Applications due by May 31, 2010. Send or email completed applications to:
Debbie Rankin, Executive Director
Montgomery County Historical Society
111 W. Montgomery Ave.
Rockville, MD 20850