Our Fellowships


The Montgomery County Historical Society (MCHS) sponsors the Mary Kay Harper Center for Suburban Studies Fellowship to support scholarly research in the field of suburban studies. The MKH-CSS Fellowship supports the research project of a graduate student enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university on a subject that relates to the suburbanization of Montgomery County, Maryland.


Research Project:

Projects must relate to the broader topic of suburban studies and the specific topic of the suburbanization of Montgomery County, Maryland. Preference is given to projects that plan to use the MCHS Jane C. Sween Research Library & Archives in Rockville, Maryland and other archives and collections in Montgomery County, MD.



Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate program pursuing a Master’s or Doctoral degree. Students from all departments are encouraged to apply, as long as the research they propose encompasses the field of suburban studies. All components of the fellowship must be completed within a year of the agreed upon start date.


Other requirements:

The MKH-CSS fellow is required to present his/her research during a session at the annual Montgomery County History Conference. Before the conclusion of the fellowship, the MKH-CSS fellow will prepare a summary of the results of his/her research for publication.



The Fellowship stipend is a minimum $3,000 for the 12-month period June 1 – May 30.


Description of current and previous MKH-CSS Fellowship recipients and projects:

The 2013-14 Fellowship was awarded to Ilse Catalan, a dual History & Library Science (HiLS) Master’s degree candidate at the University of Maryland. Ms. Catalan’s Fellowship project is to document archives, collections and records containing primary sources on the suburbanization of Montgomery County, MD and organize this information into a guide.

The 2010-11 Fellowship was awarded to John H. Spiers, a PhD candidate in history at Boston College. Mr. Spiers’ Fellowship project was to research and document the history of the Maryland Intercounty Connector. He presented his research at the 2011 MCHS Montgomery County History Conference in a paper entitled “The Long and Winding Road: A History of the Intercounty Connector, 1950-2006”


To apply:

The announcement of the 2014-15 MKH-CSS Fellowship will be posted on the MCHS website by January 31, 2014. Applications will be due April 1, 2014. 

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