The Nantucket Historical Association offers an annual fellowship, the E. Geoffrey and Elizabeth Thayer Verney Fellowship, in an effort to enhance the public’s knowledge and understanding of the heritage of Nantucket, Massachusetts. The award encourages research in the collections of the Nantucket Historical Association Research Library and is open to academics, graduate students, and independent scholars. Topics of research for recent scholars have included health aboard whaleships, women at sea, scrimshaw, samplers, local artists, Nantucket’s architectural heritage, Quakerism, the African American and Cape Verdean communities, the Quaise Asylum, and abolitionism. Fellowship recipients will receive up to three weeks of housing in the historic Thomas Macy House, a stipend of $300 per week, and reimbursement of travel expenses up to $600. See the fellowship page for funds and housing amounts and limitations, as well as instructions on how to apply. The deadline for applications is January 1, 2011.