Fellowships: PhD Scholarship Social History of Medicine/History of Patients

PhD Scholarship Social History of Medicine/History of Patients
Location: Stuttgart
Institute: Institute for the History of Medicine at the Robert Bosch Foundation
Duration: 01/10/2017 – 30/09/2020
Deadline for Applicants: 15/09/2017

The Robert Bosch Foundation is one of the biggest foundations in Germany that is affiliated with a company. With the Institute of the History of Medicine, the foundation funds the only extramural research institute in this field in Germany. The current main research interests of the institute are the social history of medicine and the history of homeopathy. The Institute for the History of Medicine at the Robert Bosch Foundation Stuttgart offers a PhD scholarship that should commence by 1st October 2017.


The project offered focuses on the history of patients, and aims to investigate “Patient Experiences with the Socialist Healthcare System of Czechoslovakia OR Poland OR Hungary”.

The proposed research should be narrowed down to one of the three countries (Czechoslovakia or Poland or Hungary) and focus on one to a maximum of two disease(s) of your choice.

Regarding the content, this project should analyse some of the following ‘spaces of medical experience’, such as the doctor’s room, hospital rooms, sanatoriums etc.

Methodologically the aim is to establish an approach that combines methods from social and cultural history as well as the history of medicine that includes primary sources such as patient files and other ego documents.

Original, innovative and interdisciplinary ideas and own suggestions for pursuing this research are very welcome.


The research proposal (around five pages) should situate the chosen topic into the current historiography, clearly outline hypotheses and research aims, name potential primary sources, and establish a preliminary timeline and work schedule.

Furthermore, the application should include copies of university degrees as well as a CV and a letter of recommendation by one of your university lectures.


Due to the topic and primary sources, the applicant is required to have professional proficiency (B2 according to the CEFR) in the language of the chosen country (Czech OR Slovakian OR Polish OR Hungarian).

Furthermore, native of bilingual proficiency in German OR English is essential for this position.

A proof that the candidate can fulfil these language requirements has to be included in the application.


The dissertation is usually supervised by the head of the institute or his associate. Additionally, due to the proximity of the dissertation project to the research field of Dr Markus Wahl, thorough and competent support and cooperation is guaranteed for the potential PhD candidate.

He or she will also be part of the international and national conferences or workshops sited at the institute, and will benefit from cooperation with other research institutes. Furthermore, as part of the postgraduate community, the successful candidate will meet regularly with all other PhD candidates at the institute for doctoral colloquia, where they discuss current methods and theories in history.


The scholarship is awarded for one year in the first instance and may be extended for another two years. The successful candidate will receive EUR 1,200 per month as well as financial support towards health insurance and for research related expenses.

Please send your application and all required documents to the following address until 15 September 2017:

via post:

Institut für Geschichte der Medizin der Robert Bosch Stiftung
Straußweg 17
70184 Stuttgart

or as a PDF file via email: markus.wahl@igm-bosch.de

For enquiries, please contact Dr Markus Wahl, email: markus.wahl@igm-bosch.de

Contact Info:

Institut für Geschichte der Medizin
der Robert Bosch Stiftung,
Straußweg 17
D-70184 Stuttgart

Contact Email: markus.wahl@igm-bosch.de

Fellowships: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the Medical Humanities


POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP in the Medical Humanities

Re-considering lung disease in South Africa : the politics of data and materiality in a century of mine silicosis.

In the present, and through our modern history, lung disease has been one of the key sites of politics in modern South Africa. This political importance is reflected in the richness of the science, the archives and the data associated with silicosis in particular. For over a century the distinctive evidence produced by the gold mines made the South African science of silicosis globally authoritative in occupational health and the legal field of industrial compensation. The material evidence produced by the mines — including the Pathaut database which covers deceased ex-miners back to 1953, the statistics on compensation, diagnosis, and the published research papers by the mine doctors and engineers — may be the largest and most systematic body of health information on the planet. It is certainly unique in South Africa as an archive of health surveillance data. The paradox of the richness of this evidence and the ongoing severity of the disease raises several key questions in contemporary debates about the politics of knowledge across several disciplines. These include three major problems, amongst many:

1. Does systematic surveillance produce strong health benefits? If so, how and under what institutional and political circumstances?

2. What is the relationship, over the long term, between the epidemiology of tuberculosis and mine-produced silicosis?

3. What can we learn from a descriptive study of dust measurements, devices, and dust engineering about the causes and remedies of lung disease?

4.  How did these dynamics of surveillance, treatment and compensation play out regionally, and across the political and administrative boundaries in southern Africa?

The Medical Humanities project at WISER calls for proposals for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship engaging with these or closely related problems.  The appointed candidate would be responsible for assembling a large digital repository of existing archival series, and for the supervision of Masters and Honours students on related projects.

WiSER has over the last ten years established itself as the leading South African interdisciplinary research institute in the Humanities and Social Sciences, promoting local and international debate on the complexities of change in South Africa and Africa, understood from comparative and global perspectives. A strong commitment to doctoral training and supervision is a critical part of WISER’s mission. Funding from the Andrew W Mellon Foundation has enabled us to continue our long-standing doctoral fellowship programme. For more information about our staff and research themes see http://wiser.wits.ac.za.

This is a full-time programme and is not compatible with other employment. Fellows will work within the Institute, and be expected to work closely with research staff, and to participate fully in the intellectual life of the Institute. Fellows will receive funding for two years; the package for the first year will be R250 000 and include funds for research expenses and a living allowance. Some assistance with conference funding may also be available.

To apply, please submit the following:

1. A detailed covering letter explaining clearly and carefully your interest in this project specifically.
2. A recent publication or piece of written work, drawing on your past research.
3. A detailed and up to date CV, which shows clearly your undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and component courses of study.
4. Names and contact details (including email addresses) of three academic referees.
5. Certified copies of degrees , diplomas and course records.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide

Applications should be sent by email to Ms. Najibha Deshmukh at Najibha.Deshmukh@wits.ac.za

Closing date for applications: 1 August 2017

Fellowships: New York Academy of Medicine

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2018 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/

Questions about the fellowships or the application process may be directed to me.

Arlene Shaner, MA MLS
Historical Collections Librarian
212.822.7313 office

The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue | New York, NY 10029

Fellowship: Rice Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowship in Nursing and Health Care History

Rice Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowship in Nursing and Health Care History.

The Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry (ECBCNHI) and the Religion/Policy/Conflict (RPC) Initiative at the University of Virginia invites applications for one full-time, fixed-term Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowship position at the University of Virginia to start in the fall of 2017. This position supports scholars studying the broad history of nursing and health care with a special interest in the nexus of conflict, religion, social values, and care. Projects may include research on knowledge that integrates science and compassion; how nurses and other health care workers historically transformed care in conflict environments (at state, national, and transnational levels); the changing cultural and historical contexts of values towards care; the historical, political, and societal dimensions of domestic and gender-based violence; and/or different narratives of conflict and conflict reduction that have been articulated in specific places and times. Recipients must have received a PhD in the last five years and have a program of research that will advance their fields. Applicants must have well-designed and carefully developed plans for research. The position is intended to provide time and resources to enable recipients to conduct their research. The ultimate product is a major piece of scholarly work that will make major progress toward a book or other equally substantial form of scholarship.

This endeavor is intended to support one academic year of research (nine months) ($50,000).

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  1. Obtain mentorship in their research projects by University of Virginia faculty.
  2. Attend interdisciplinary seminars across Grounds (nursing history, RPC Initiative, etc.).
  3. Participate in a research course in GNUR xxxx (Advanced Historical Methods), as needed.
  4. Present a paper at the UVA School of Nursing through the auspices of the ECBCNHI.
  5. Present a paper at a national conference.

The remainder of the time can be spent carrying out the research. Participants will have considerable flexibility in structuring their research time.

Application Requirements

  1. Completed application form
  2. Proposal (no more than 10 double-spaced pages in Times New Roman 12-point font)
    1. What research question or problem will you be addressing?
    2. What is the research context in which the question or problem is located?
    3. What previously unknown or neglected story are you planning to tell? This may include:
      1. What contribution to knowledge and understanding of nursing care, religion, conflict, politics, and/or history do you expect to make?
      2. How do you plan to use nursing and health care history to answer other kinds of questions, such as those dealing with diversity, conflict zones, transformation of knowledge, etc.?
    4. Why does that matter? To whom?
    5. What sources will you be using during the research project, where are they located, and how will they be accessed? (The recipient may or may not wish to use ECBCNHI sources).
    6. What are the key texts and approaches in the field, and how does your proposal differ from existing lines of argument? How does it extend our understanding of particular questions or topics?
    7. Include a bibliography, in Chicago Style, listing the books and articles to which you refer in the proposal.
    8. Budget (Detail the ways that you will be using the fellowship and briefly justifying the items)
  3. Curriculum vita
  4. Two reference letters, including one from a senior scholar in the field.

 Postdoctoral Eligibility

  1. Applicants must hold the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) no earlier than December 2012.
  2. Applicants must have completed a dissertation that is relevant to nursing and/or health care history.
  3. Applicants will be chosen regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation.
  4. Applicants must show evidence of commitment to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.
  5. US citizenship or permanent residency is not required, and previous supported research leaves do not affect eligibility.
  6. Individuals in practice-oriented programs (ex. DNP, curriculum development, human resource management, teacher education) are not eligible.

 Criteria for Selection of Proposal

  1. The potential of the project to make an original and significant contribution to knowledge.
  2. The quality of the proposal with regard to its methodology, scope, and grounding in the relevant scholarly literature.
  3. The feasibility of the project and the likelihood that the applicant will execute the work within the proposed timeframe.

Receipt of the fellowship is conditioned upon each awardee providing satisfactory documentation that he or she meets the eligibility requirements.

To apply, visit https://jobs.virginia.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1494529497430 and search for posting number 0620951. Complete the Candidate Profile, attach a CV, and contact information for three professional references.

For questions about the application process, contact Susan Loving at srl@virginia.edu or 434-924-8792.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.