The Mary Baker Eddy Library awards annual short-term research fellowships. The program is designed to support original contributions to scholarship.
Relevant areas of research in the Library’s collections include include the life of Mary Baker Eddy and the history of the Christian Science movement, as well as fields that include women’s studies; spirituality and health; religious studies; nineteenth- and twentieth-century history; cultural and social history; architecture; and journalism.
Researchers who accept fellowship positions are required to submit a report of their research at the Library, within 90 days of their last visit. They are also required to give a short talk at the Library during their tenure. We encourage applicants whose research promises to result in significant publication to adapt their findings for presentation on our Seekers and Scholars podcast series.
If you are interested in submitting an application, please be in touch with us first at [email protected], to discuss your proposed research, including additional holdings that may be relevant.
- Criteria: Fellowships are granted on the basis of the applicant’s scholarly qualifications, the merits of their proposals, and the appropriateness of their topics, as demonstrated by citation to specific sources in our collections.
- Eligibility: Scholars, students, and independent researchers
- Stipend: $900 per week
- Term: One week to two months
- Research: To review the Library collections, click here. To discuss additional holdings that may be relevant to your proposed research, please write to us at [email protected]
- Application form (online): click here
- Application instructions: click here
- Application deadline: Due to the COVID pandemic, the Library will not issue fellowship awards in 2021. We anticipate resuming the program next year, and the deadline for all 2022 application materials, including letters of recommendation, is March 7, 2022.
Note: Please be sure to include the following materials with your application form:
- Cover letter
- Current CV
- Writing sample
- Two letters of reference from academics familiar with your work should be submitted directly to: [email protected]
The Library is also a member of the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium (NERFC). For more information, including how to apply for a NERFC fellowship, click here.
Religion and Madness: Perceptions of Insanity at the Fringe of Religious Life, 1830-1920
Ph.D. Candidate in History, University at Buffalo (SUNY)
Rolf Swensen, Ph.D.
The Christian Science Movement in Transition: 1908-1925
Professor/Social Sciences Bibliographer/Reference Librarian, Queens College, City University of New York
Ph.D. Candidate in English, University of Connecticut at Storrs
Ph.D. Candidate in English, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee
Anne Stiles, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English, Saint Louis University
Ph.D. Candidate in Cultural Studies, University of California at Davis
K. Paul Johnson, MLA
Lynne Bundesen, MA
The Bible in its Spiritual Meaning, Mary Baker Eddy’s Notes on Genesis
Author and Scholar
David Holland, Ph.D.
Wonders: Ellen Gould White, Mary Baker Eddy and Nineteenth-Century America
Associate Professor of North American Religious History,
Harvard Divinity School,
Paul Ivey, Ph.D.
Joshua Paddison, Ph.D.
Ashley Squires, Ph.D.
Paul Stob, Ph.D.
Paul Ivey, Ph.D.
G. Kurt Piehler, Ph.D.
L. Ashley Squires
Lisa Stepanski, Ph.D.
Amy B. Voorhees
Lisa Stepanski, Ph.D.
Rolf Swensen, Ph.D.
Nancy Alexander, MA, MBA
Lance Carden, MFA
The Early Growth of Christian Science Congregations in the Western United States, 1880s-1940s
Independent Researcher, Textbook Editor
M. Michelle Robinson
Christian Science and Labor Radicalism in Lynn, Massachusetts
Ph.D. Candidate in American Studies, Boston University
Christopher Langton, D. Min.
Religion 332 — The Life of Mary Baker Eddy (Upper Division College Course)
Professor of Religion, Principia College
Mary Baker Eddy’s views on Quimby, Mesmerism, and Spiritualism
Ph.D. Candidate in Medical Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley
Claire H. Badaracco, Ph.D.
Media, Medical and Religion News, American Spirituality and Health
Professor, Marquette University College of Communication
Robin Elizabeth Harragin, M.Th.
Women and Healing in Christian Science in Context of Contemporary Spirituality in Great Britain
Ph.D. Candidate, Bath Spa University College
Eric Lyons Thomas, Ph.D.
Christian Science and the Beginnings of Pastoral Pyschotherapy
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, College of Charleston
Pamela Walker, Ph.D.
Christian Science in Victorian and Edwardian Britain
Assistant Professor of History, Carleton University
Gina Rose Marie Armer, MBA
Mary Baker Eddy’s Contribution to Adult Education through the Massachusetts Metaphysical College
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Idaho, Business Technologies Instructor, Eastern Idaho Technical College
Heather D. Curtis, Th.D.
Faith Healing, Christian Science, and Kindred Phenomenon: Mary Baker Eddy and the Evangelical Divine Healing Movement in Late Nineteenth Century America
Lecturer on American Religious History, Harvard Divinity School
Annette Kreutziger-Herr, Ph.D.
Mary Baker Eddy’s Interpretation of the Book of Genesis
Professor of Musicology and Cultural Studies, College of Music, Cologne, Germany
Sarah Gardner Cunningham, Ph.D.
Spiritual Building: Augusta Stetson and the Organization of Christian Science
Faculty, Upper School, Department of History, Marymount School of New York
Robert S. Fogarty, Ph.D.
‘Mighty Works’: Anglo-American Faith Healing, 1870-1930
Editor, “Antioch Review,” Antioch University
Paul Eli Ivey, Ph.D.
Building Respectability: Influences from the American Christian Science Building Boom in Britain 1897-1930
Associate Professor of Art History, University of Arizona
Jean Halgren Kilde, Ph.D.
Maternalism, Materialism and Mary Baker Eddy: The Enigma of The Mother Church of Christian Science and the Extension
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Macalester College
Amy Marie Kittelstrom
From Revealed to Relative Truth: Christian Science and Radical Religion at the World’s Parliament of Religions
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, Boston University
Amy Elaine Lorion, ABD
Molten in the Furnace of Affliction’: Mary Baker Eddy and the Public Sphere, 1875-1910
Visiting Lecturer, Department of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Robert John Rockabrand, Ph.D.
Mary Baker Eddy’s Relationship with and use of The Book of Psalms in her Daily Work as Discoverer and Leader of the Christian Science Movement
Professor Emeritus, Musical Arts, Principia College
Susan M. Setta, Ph.D.
A Cloud of Witnesses: Varieties of Perceptions of Mary Baker Eddy’s Charismatic Authority
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Northeastern University