Grants: NEH Public Scholars Program

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) invites applications for the 2020 round of the Public Scholars program, which supports the creation of well-researched nonfiction books in the humanities written for the broad public. The program welcomes projects in all areas of the humanities, regardless of geographic or chronological focus. The resulting books might present a narrative history, tell the stories of important individuals, analyze significant texts, provide a synthesis of ideas, revive interest in a neglected subject, or examine the latest thinking on a topic. Books supported by this program must be written in a readily accessible style, must clearly explain specialized terms and concepts, and must frame their topics to have wide appeal. They should also be carefully researched and authoritative, making appropriate use of primary and/or secondary sources and showing appropriate familiarity with relevant existing publications or scholarship. Applications to write books directed primarily to professional scholars are not suitable.

 The Public Scholars program is open to independent writers as well as applicants with an institutional affiliation. It offers a stipend of $5,000 per month for a period of six to twelve months. The maximum stipend is $60,000 for a twelve-month period. Applicants must have U.S. citizenship or residency in the U.S. for the three years prior to the application deadline. In addition, they must have previously published a book with a university or commercial press or at least three articles and essays in publications reaching a large national or international audience.

 More information (including a full statement of the eligibility requirements) is available on the NEH’s website at  The application deadline for this cycle is February 5, 2020. Recipients may begin the term of the grant as early as September 1, 2020 or as late as September 1, 2021.

 An informational video, a list of previously funded projects, and five examples of successful applications are also available on the webpage linked above. Questions may be directed to

Grants: Duke University History of Medicine Collections Travel Grants

The History of Medicine Collections in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University is accepting applications for our travel grant program.

Research grants of up to $1,500 will be offered to researchers whose work would benefit from access to the historical medical collections at the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Our holdings include over 20,000 print items and 4,500 unique manuscripts along with photographs, prints, and over 800 medical instruments and artifacts including a large collection of ivory anatomical manikins. Collection strengths include but are not limited to anatomical atlases, human sexuality, materia medica, pediatrics, psychiatry, and obstetrics & gynecology.

Any faculty member, graduate or undergraduate student, or independent scholar with a research project requiring the use of materials held by the History of Medicine Collections is eligible to apply. Writers, creative and performing artists, film makers and journalists are welcome to apply.  All applicants must reside outside of a 100-mile radius of Durham, NC.

Grant money may be used for: transportation expenses (including air, train or bus ticket charges; car rental; mileage using a personal vehicle; parking fees); accommodations; and meals. Expenses will be reimbursed once the grant recipient has completed his or her research visit(s) and has submitted original receipts.

Research topics should be strongly supported by the History of Medicine Collections.  We encourage applicants to contact the Curator of the History of Medicine Collections to discuss research projects and Rubenstein Library collections that might support projects before submitting an application.

The deadline for applications is January 31, 2020 by 5:00 PM EST. Recipients will be announced in March 2020. Grants must be used between April 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

Fellowships: Science History Institute in Philadelphia

The Beckman Center at the Science History Institute offers fellowships on an annual cycle for scholars doing research on our collections or in the history and social studies of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences. Fellows are expected to participate in biweekly informal writing groups and give at least one Lunchtime Lecture. They also have the opportunity to take part in a variety of outreach activities while in residence at the Institute. About 20 fellowships are given out annually, making the Beckman Center the largest private fellowship program in the history of science in the United States. Researchers travel from all over the world to use our collections and take part in a vibrant scholarly community.

The research collections at the Institute range chronologically from the 15th century to the present and include 6,000 rare books; significant archival holdings; thousands of images and other graphic materials; memorabilia of various kinds; oral histories; and a large artifact and fine arts collection, supported by over 100,000 modern primary-source volumes and journals. Within the collections are many areas of special strength, including alchemy, mining and metallurgy, dyeing and bleaching, balneology, gunpowder and pyrotechnics, gas-lighting, books of secrets, inorganic and organic chemistry, biochemistry, food chemistry, and pharmaceuticals.

The library collections can be searched online at Subject guides along with information on how to use the library can be found at You can also explore a number of our digitized collections at

The Beckman Center offers several types of fellowship:

80/20 Postdoctoral fellowships (2 years):
These fellowships reflect the Institute’s commitment to providing career-launching fellowships for recent PhDs and its support for the career diversity initiatives of the American Historical Association and affiliated scholarly societies. The 80/20 postdoctoral fellowship program will enable the Beckman Center’s postdocs to build skills and experience that can enhance their opportunities outside the academy or their work within it.

During each of the two years fellows will spend on average one day a week working closely with Institute staff on projects related to their research in one of four concentrations: rare books, museum, oral history, or public programs. The rare books and museum concentrations incorporate a digital component, and all fellows undertake at least one outreach activity. The rest of the time fellows are expected to take advantage of the Institute’s considerable resources to develop and publish their own research. In addition, each 80/20 fellow will give one of our two flagship Fellow in Focus public lectures, either in the fall or the spring. There will also be an opportunity to organize jointly a two-day workshop in the Institute’s state-of-the-art conference center on a topic determined collaboratively by the fellows.

Applicants for 80/20 postdoctoral fellowships must expect to have their PhD in hand before July 2020 and have earned that degree within the last five years. Postdoctoral fellowship stipends are US$45,000, paid in monthly installments, with an additional US$2,500 subsidy for health insurance and an annual grant for travel expenses.

Dissertation fellowships (9 months):
These fellowships are open to graduate students whose PhD dissertation proposals have been accepted by their respective university departments. We also encourage applications from candidates in dissertation- or thesis-only PhD programs outside of the United States whose funding does not extend to a fourth year. The stipend is US$26,000, with an additional one-off grant for initial travel expenses.

Short-Term fellowships (1–4 months):
These fellowships are open to all scholars and researchers irrespective of career stage, including doctoral students, who plan to work closely with the Institute’s collections on an independent research project. The stipend is US$3,000 per month to defray the costs of travel, accommodation, and living expenses.


The deadline for the Fall 2019 call for fellowship applications is February 3, 2020.  See our website for instructions on how to apply and the link to the online application:

The Bredig Archive
We would particularly like to draw attention to our recent acquisition of the personal papers of the Jewish-German émigré scientist Georg Bredig (1868–1944) and his son, Max (1902–1977). The sizable collection consists of correspondence, books, photographs, and scientific notes smuggled out of Germany during World War II. A founding figure in physical chemistry and catalytic research, Bredig became a target for persecution by the Nazi regime owing to his Jewish background and liberal political beliefs. The archive bears witness to Bredig’s significant scientific contributions and his family’s struggle to survive the Holocaust.

We are currently processing the collection and preparing a finding aid, and we anticipate opening the archive to scholars for consultation in spring 2020. We strongly encourage those with relevant historical interests to apply for short-term fellowships in order to explore its contents with the aim of developing a more substantive research program. We also invite scholars who believe that their existing work would be enhanced by materials in the Bredig collection to apply for short- or long-term fellowships.

Jobs: Cataloger New York Academy of Medicine

The Academy is home to one of the most significant historical libraries in medicine and public health, with internationally known collections containing many of the primary formative texts of medicine. The Library is equally renowned for its extensive journal collection, comprising long runs of medical serials from around the world, and for its ephemeral materials in health and medicine. Archival holdings document the practice of medicine in New York from the 18th century to the present and include the records of over 35 professional medical societies.

Founded in 1847 and open to the public since 1878, the Library is dedicated to building bridges among an interdisciplinary community of scholars, educators, clinicians, and the general public. It fills a unique role in the cultural and scholarly landscape of New York City through its collections, by providing research services, classes, and tours for diverse educational and professional groups, and through its public programs and activities. The Gladys Brooks Book and Paper Conservation Laboratory was established in 1982 with a mandate to care for the Academy collections.

Position Summary/Overview:
The Cataloger is responsible for cataloging the Library’s rare books, special collections, and contemporary monographs in the history of medicine and public health, and for overseeing serials check-in. The Cataloger reports to the Library Director.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Perform original and copy cataloging of collection materials, including descriptive cataloging, subject cataloging, and subject classification.
• Assess and as needed upgrade or correct previously cataloged materials.
• Apply name authority and subject authority systems, particularly those associated with or maintained by national institutions.
• Oversee check-in of serials.
• During the cataloging process, assess and refer collection materials for preservation/conservation attention.
• Advise and participate in the Center’s digitization, outreach, and programming activities, and specifically advise on metadata for digital collections.
• Work with the Senior Digital Program Manager to maintain the Integrated Library System (ILS).
• Stay abreast of current developments in cataloging standards and technologies and apply that knowledge to everyday projects and recommendations.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

• Expert knowledge and experience in bibliographic description of books, serials, graphical materials, and ephemera.
• Knowledge and skill in subject classification and authority control.
• Expert knowledge of the following standards and controls: MARC, RDA, Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Books, Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), Library of Congress Rule Interpretations (LCRI), LC and NLM subject classifications, and other standards as needed.
• Knowledge of Latin, French, Italian, and German suitable for cataloging materials in these languages.
• Basic familiarity with the structures and composition of paper, bindings, and inks, and in the basic preservation techniques to handle, house, and manage these materials.
• Knowledge and experience using ILS systems, including KOHA or equivalent.
• Knowledge and experience using basic office automation software.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and analytic and problem-solving skills.
• Ability to work, as needed and on an occasional basis, in collection storage facilities or stacks, which may have varying conditions of temperature, humidity, and particulates.
Education and Experience:
• MLS from an ALA-accredited program, or equivalent, and 3 years’ experience in rare book or special collections cataloging.

The New York Academy of Medicine is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Calls for Papers: New Horizons for Medical Museums, Leiden 2020

Conference: New Horizons for Medical Museums
Rijksmuseum Boerhaave, Leiden / the Netherlands, 23-26 September 2020

Medical museums are always in flux. Collections containing objects related to the history of medicine and health played a role in teaching, research and learning in the broadest sense. From small scale local collections to national medical heritage entities, ways of dealing with these collections continue to change. The topic of this conference is the role of medical museums (collections) in the past, present and future. To explore this topic, an international and interdisciplinary conference will be held at Rijksmuseum Boerhaave in Leiden, the Netherlands between 23 and 26 September 2020. The conference aims to bring curators, scholars, students and medical professionals together to discuss ways of keeping medical collections relevant. What could be the place for medical heritage within the new museological landscape? How can we explore new horizons for medical museums?

Papers (20 minutes) might address, but are not limited to the following themes:

  • Medical museums and the future
  • International collaborations and medical collections
  • History of medical museums/collections
  • Medical museums and teaching
  • New approaches towards exhibiting medical collections
  • Audiences old and new – diversity, inclusion and public engagement
  • Medical museums and media

We particularly welcome papers or panels that are explicitly inclusive and embed diversity into our discussions.

Proposals for papers should be in a single Word document, including 250-word abstract and a short CV/biographical statement, and sent to by 30 April 2020. We also welcome proposals from participants who would like to present or discuss on a roundtable some of the ways that they are working together on medical collections related topics.

This conference will be organized by a new international association for medical museums (provisionally named International Association for Medical Museums). This association is the successor of the European Association for the History of Medical Sciences (EAMHMS). During this 2020 conference the new international association will be formally launched and we invite all interested to be part of this new movement.

Prizes: Nursing Clio Prize for Best Journal Article 2019

The Nursing Clio Prize for Best Journal Article is awarded annually for the best peer-reviewed academic journal article on the intersection of gender and medical histories in English. The award consists of a $300 cash prize and a featured interview on the blog about the article.

For the 2020 prize, submissions are open to any article published in 2019, and we encourage self-nominations. Any Nursing Clio writer or reader is eligible with the exception of NC staff. The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2020. Please send a PDF copy of the original article, as well as a PDF copy of the article without any identifying information (including your name and the name of the journal) to Chair of the committee Cassia Roth (, who can also address any questions on submissions. We will announce the winner in early May.

The prize committee consists of: Cassia Roth, Chair; Lara Freidenfelds, Janet Golden, and Bridget Keown.

Grants: Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences (ALHHS)/Medical Museums Association (MeMA) Travel Grants

The Travel Scholarship Committee of the Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences (ALHHS)/Medical Museums Association (MeMA) is now accepting applications from those seeking funds to support their attendance at the 2020 Annual Meeting in Ann Arbor, MI on May 6-7. ALHHS/MeMA awards up to four annual conference travel stipends to members of the organization who are staff, volunteers, students, or early career professionals working for health science history museums, libraries, or archives. The purpose of these awards is to encourage and support continued education and professional engagement for those working in the field.

The Awards are:

  • Patsy Gerstner Travel Fund ($300.00)
  • Gretchen Worden Memorial Travel Fund ($300.00)
  • Joan E. Klein Travel Scholarship (two $500.00 awards)

Important Information:

  • These awards are open to students who are degree-seeking individuals attending an accredited college or university, and to staff, volunteers or early career professionals working in the history of the health sciences, particularly, in libraries, archives, or museums. Early career professionals are those who have worked in the history of the health sciences field fewer than five years, although they may have been employed in the profession longer.
  • Applicants should submit a brief personal statement (no more than 500 words) which highlights their interest in the conference, how attendance will benefit them, and why they need financial support.
  • Applicants should submit along with their application a letter of recommendation from either their academic advisor (students) or immediate supervisor (staff and volunteers). These letters should be sent by the applicant with the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Applications must be received 8 weeks before the opening session of the conference. The deadline for the 2020 Annual Meeting is February 28th, 2020. Late applications will not be considered.
  • All applicants will be notified of the scholarship committee decision 6 weeks prior to the start of the conference. This is March 26th, 2020.
  • Previous winners are not eligible to apply.
  • The Travel Scholarship Committee reserves the right not to award all travel stipends in any particular year.

Application Form [Word (DOCX file) format]
Application Form [PDF format]

Submit the Application Form, a personal statement, and a letter of recommendation by Wednesday, 27 February 2019:

Katherine Isham
Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library
Yale University
PO Box 208014
New Haven, CT 06520-8014
katherine.isham AT

Grants: Ferenc Gyorgyey Research Travel Grant

Yale’s Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library is pleased to announce its thirteenth annual Research Travel Award for use of the Historical Library.

The Ferenc Gyorgyey Research Travel Grant is available to historians, medical practitioners, and other researchers outside of Yale who wish to use the Historical collections of the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library. In any given year the award is up to $1,500 for one week of research. Funds may be used for transportation, housing, food, and photographic reproductions. The award is limited to residents of the United States and Canada.

For more information, please visit:

The application period for the award is currently open. The deadline is May 1st, 2020. A committee will review applications and grant recipients will be notified in early June.

Please apply through Yale University Grants & Fellowships website.

A complete application comprises:

  • Research proposal (of up to 2000 words)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Budget
  • 2 letters of reference

Requests for further information should be sent to:
Melissa Grafe, Ph.D., Head of the Medical Historical Library, John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History, Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library, Yale University, P.O. Box 208014, New Haven, CT 06520-8014, Telephone: 203- 785-4354, Fax: 203-785-5636, E-mail:

Calls for Papers: Healthy Environments: A Medical Humanities Symposium

This interdisciplinary symposium aims to foreground the cross-cultural history of health and environment. Academic papers are invited from a range of disciplines including medical history, anthropology, art and design history, museum studies and literature to discuss this relationship and how it has intersected concerns such as gender, ethnicity, race, religion, class, citizenship, activism, industrial development and everyday life.

The following questions offer possible discussion points that the symposium hopes to consider:

  • What are healthy and unhealthy environments, and how have understandings changed over time?
  • How has the relationship between human health and planetary health been conceptualised?
  • Why have certain built and natural environments been seen to be curative, whilst others were viewed as harmful?
  • How has the natural environment been used for healing?
  • How have different cultural communities understood the connection between health and landscape differently?
  • In what ways have people understood a connection between human mind, body, spirit and the natural and built environment?

Where and When
The event is funded by the Wellcome Trust and is jointly organised by The David F. Musto Center for Drugs and National Security Studies and The Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare (CSHHH) Glasgow through the Medical Humanities in China and the UK Project.

The event will take place on 30 and 31 March 2020 at Shanghai University.

How to Apply
We look forward to reading your abstracts of 250 words max and a short biographical note. Please send your applications to Chi Chi Huang at by 24th January.  The committee will send out decision notifications during the first week of February.

Contact Info: +44 (0) 141 444 8421

Calls for Papers: Concept of “Future” in Ancient Medicine Symposium on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the international and interdisciplinary Working Group

The Concept of “Future” in Ancient Medicine Symposium on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the international and interdisciplinary Working Group  “Ancient Medicine”

Date: Friday and Saturday, 19-20 June 2020

Place: Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Organizer: Norbert W. Paul, Tanja Pommerening

Call for Papers 

Deadline: 31 January 2020

Perspective of the future plays an essential role from early healing practice to the modern; what we call biomedicine. It is precisely through the practice of prognosis that the future enters medicine as an epistemologically and practically uncertain dimension. Divinatory texts in the Near East, oracle texts in Greco-Roman Antiquity, prognoses in Egyptian medicine, Hippocratic treatises on prognosis, or the writings of Galen, offer a multitude of ways for explaining illness, healing and death that are oriented towards the future. Movements of demarcation, that separated medical prognosis from divination, are found for example in the Corpus Hippocraticum and in the writings of Galen. In all cases, it becomes clear that a supposedly safe practice of medicine and healing is initially based primarily on the past, on experience, empiricism, and evidence and places these in relation to the present within the context of the diagnosis. The exact recognition of what is the case and medical problem solving, acting and justifying are always dependent on the reinsurance of the past.

Deeply rooted in the healing and medicine of the present, is the practice in the past. Equally, it is directed towards the future; in the narrower sense towards future health and participation, up to and including global health. While empirical knowledge and diagnostics justify medical decisions and actions, prognosis and prevention dictate the goals for the future in the sense of preventing the worst.

It is in this historically, historic-epistemologically and medical-theoretically rich context that the 40th conference of the Ancient Medicine Interdisciplinary Working Group, which is jointly supported by the DFG Research Training Groups “Early Concepts of Man and Nature: Universality, Specificity and Tradition” and “Life Sciences – Life Writing: Borderline Experiences of Human Life between Biomedical Explanation and Lifeworld Experience”, will take place. Which individual levels of action of practitioners and patients are oriented towards the future? What overarching ideas about the shaped future can be discerned from historical sources? What allusions can be found in texts from the Near East, Egypt, in Plato’s Politeia, in the Greek-Roman and Arabic works of medicine, or the relevant works of the Renaissance, such as Morus, Bacon, Campanella – or even concepts of the more recent and most recent history of medicine that refer to long lines of tradition? With such and other perspectives, temporality in medicine and healing arts is to be made the subject of interdisciplinary exchange.

Due to the anniversary, there will be a keynote lecture by Prof. Dr. Florian Steger (Ulm) on Friday evening. After a small reception there will be the opportunity for a joint dinner.

We expect proposals of papers in German and English limited to 20 minutes, as well as panels with a series of papers, lasting 90 minutes.

Beside the specified theme, it is also possible to include other papers (limited to 20 minutes) from the domain of the pre-modern medicine.

Please submit your proposals of papers or panels to Nadine Gräßler ( before 31 January 2020 including an abstract (c. 300 words), which clearly describes the questions and outcomes of your study.

You will find further information on: or