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 othmerlib.sciencehistory.org. Subject guides along with information on how to use the library can be found at guides.othmerlibrary.sciencehistory.org. You can also explore a number of our digitized collections at digital.sciencehistory.org.

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.

Contact: fellowships@sciencehistory.org

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: sciencehistory.org/fellowships/apply-for-a-fellowship.

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.

Fellowships: “Spaces for Medical Research and Care” McGill University

The Department of Social Studies of Medicine (SSoM) invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship on “Spaces for Medical Research and Care”. This broad theme may include spatial studies of laboratories, medical schools, research institutes, hospital wards, clinics, nursing homes, or any space where medical research and care is performed. The substantive research areas of SSoM faculty members that relate to this theme include cancer, surgery, tuberculosis, sexuality, global health, and aging. An application on cancer, for example, might consider the changing spaces for cancer research and therapies over time, such as clinics, specialized hospitals, surgeries, and even houses or hotels. Of particular interest are approaches that will investigate the co-production of innovative architectural designs and novel clinical assemblages (e.g., chemotherapy or, more recently, precision medicine), or explore the “topical contextures” (Lynch 1991) integrating an ecology of local spaces with experimental practices.

The SSoM fellow will be appointed for one year, with the possibility of a 2nd year renewal. The fellow is expected to be on campus during the tenure of the appointment, and will be provided with a work space in the department. There is a possibility of teaching medical students, under separate contract, but the appointment’s chief objective is to facilitate research. Approximately half of the fellow’s time will be spent developing her or his own research agenda and the other half will be spent working on projects with a designated SSoM supervisor.

Qualifications: A PhD in the humanities, social sciences, science and technology studies, history, bioethics, women’s studies, or a related field is required before the start date and the applicant must be no more than three years beyond receiving the degree by the start of the appointment. The appointment may begin as early as 1 May 2020.

Please submit your application to ssom@mcgill.ca

For more details please go to these links: https://www.mcgill.ca/ssom/opportunities   https://www.mcgill.ca/medhr/positions-available/research-assistants-other-academic-appointments

Fellowships: Reynolds-Finley Associates Research Fellowships in the History of the Health Sciences

Reynolds-Finley Associates Research Fellowships in the History of the Health Sciences for 2020
University of Alabama at Birmingham

The Reynolds-Finley Associates, in conjunction with the Historical Collections (HC) unit of UAB Libraries, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), are pleased to announce the availability of short-term awards of up to $2,500 to individual researchers studying one or more aspects of the history of the health sciences during the 2020 calendar year. Intended to support research using the HC unit as a historical resource, the fellowship requires the on-site use of at least one of the unit’s three components, which are the Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences (https://www.uab.edu/amhs/), Reynolds-Finley Historical Library (https://library.uab.edu/locations/reynolds) and UAB Archives (https://library.uab.edu/locations/archives). All materials must be submitted by January 31, 2020 to receive consideration. Awards will be announced by February 28, 2020. For more details, visit our Fellowship page (https://library.uab.edu/special-collections/fellowship).

Fellowships: New York Academy of Medicine 2020

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2020 cycle of The New York Academy of Medicine Library’s two history of medicine fellowships: the Paul Klemperer Fellowship in the History of Medicine and the Audrey and William H. Helfand Fellowship in the History of Medicine and Public Health.  Information about the two residential fellowships, along with application materials and instructions for applying, can be found here: https://www.nyam.org/awards-grants/library-fellowships/

For questions about the application process or the collections contact:  Arlene Shaner, MA MLS |  Historical Collections Librarian Library,
212.822.7313 office | ashaner@nyam.org