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The James Igoe Preservation Fellowship

Launched in 2022, the James Igoe Preservation Fellowship honors the 20-year legacy of Jim Igoe, who retired as President and Executive Director of Preservation Massachusetts (PM) at the end of 2021. Jim built a lasting legacy over two decades of service and dedication to all Massachusetts communities. The James Igoe Preservation Fellowship is a multi-year program that, through a competitive application process, enables recipients to gain practical experience with the premier statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and revitalizing Massachusetts’ communities, historic buildings, and landscapes.

This Fellowship invests in talented individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to historic preservation in Massachusetts. With supervision and mentorship from PM staff, partners, and Board members, Fellows will be immersed in the daily operations of the organization—fostering community engagement, developing educational programming, identifying funding sources, building strategic partnerships, and advocating for endangered resources. This program funds a Preservation Fellowship for an individual to work with PM and to gain real-world experience through dedicated projects and meetings with PM staff


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and leadership, access to the Preservation Coalition network, and collaboration with statewide partners. Fellowship alumni will gain a firm foundation from which to launch or further a career in historic preservation.

The inaugural James Igoe Preservation Fellowship is now open for applications for Fellowships beginning in 2023. 

  • Four- to six-month position with flexible start/end dates

  • Hybrid schedule: minimum 10 hours/week, with preference for at least one (1) day/week in Plymouth at Preservation Massachusetts’ office

  • Concentrated project on subject(s) proposed and driven by the interests and area of study of selected Fellow, and refined in consultation with PM staff

  • Access to experienced mentors during and after the Fellowship among PM staff, the statewide Preservation Coalition, partner organizations, and dedicated PM Board members

  • $4,000-6,000 stipend, with final amount to be determined by scope of proposed project 

  • Applications due by 5:00pm, December 1, 2022 (decisions announced at PM’s discretion)

Benefits of the James Igoe Preservation Fellowship


  • Up to 6-month, funded position with Preservation Massachusetts, located in Plymouth, MA

  • Hands-on experience working on active historic preservation projects and initiatives

  • Access to experienced mentors among PM staff, the statewide Preservation Coalition, partner organizations, and dedicated Board members

Awarding the Fellowship


The James Igoe Preservation Fellow application process is competitive. Applications for the inaugural Fellowship are now open for a 2023 term, the start and end dates of which will be determined with the selected Fellow and PM leadership. 

Funding the Fellowship

The James Igoe Preservation Fellowship is fully funded by the generosity of individual donors. Donations are fully tax-deductible. Any donation amount is welcomed and encouraged.


For more information, email Julie Roper, Development Manager, at


Inaugural Donors: Larry Curtis, Gil Winn, John Gahan, Gordon Pulsifer, Kara Anderson and AHF Boston, Albert Rex, Jim McDermott, Tim Forde and Keith Construction, Jim Alexander, Steve Wessling and Wessling Architects, Inc., Claudia Wu, Stephanie Igoe, James Igoe Jr.  

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