Grants: W. Bruce Fye Medical History Research Travel Grant

The W. Bruce Fye Center for the History of Medicine is pleased to announce its first annual W. Bruce Fye Medical History Research Travel Grant.  The grant is available to physicians, historians, medical students, graduate students, faculty members, and independent scholars who wish to use archival and library resources at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The grant (up to $1,500 in one calendar year) may be used for transportation, lodging, food, and incidental expenses relating to the research project. It is available to residents of the United States and Canada who live more than 75 miles from Rochester.

The W. Bruce Fye Center for the History of Medicine houses archival collections that contain official records of the Clinic and its administrative offices, official and unofficial publications, departmental annual reports, committee minutes, photographic and moving images, sound recordings, personal papers, and memorabilia relating to the Mayo Clinic, its mission, programs, and people. To search our archival holdings, please visit our online catalog (MAX) (

The W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine Library is a specialized library housing important collections in the history of medicine and allied sciences. Several thousand volumes of rare medical classics (from 1479) and early journal literature (from 1665) comprise the core collection of primary literature on all aspects of medicine and allied fields.  More recently published histories, biographies, facsimiles, and other support materials comprise the remainder of the collection of some 23,000 total volumes.  Special strengths include anesthesiology, cardiology, dermatology, immunology, ophthalmology and neurology.  The library also has a large collection of Mayo physician bound reprints.

Applicants should send by e-mail as attachments the items listed below to Renee Ziemer:
•       Abstract of your project (250 words) stating the general scope and purpose
•       How historical resources at Mayo Clinic will further your research
•       Abbreviated curriculum vitae (3 pages or less)
•       One letter of reference that includes comments on your project

Timeline for 2017 grant:
Application deadline (all materials): April 28, 2017
Successful applicant(s) will be notified by May 31, 2017
Visit(s) to Rochester must be completed by December 15, 2017

Contact information:
Renee Ziemer, coordinator, W. Bruce Fye Center for the History of Medicine & Mayo Historical Suite, Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905; Telephone: (507) 284-2585; E-mail:

Grants: Travel Fellowship in the History of Academic Health Center & Health Sciences at the University of Minnesota

Purpose: The Travel Fellowship in the History of the Academic Health Center & Health Sciences at the University of Minnesota is intended to promote research on post-World War II developments in academic health centers and health science research using the University of Minnesota Archives.  The University of Minnesota Program in the History of Medicine in conjunction with the Academic Health Center History Project ( will offer up to two fellowships per year to interested scholars whose research is well suited to the health science and administrative collections in the University Archives. Where possible, preference will be given to early career scholars: graduate students in the research stage of their dissertation and recent Ph.D.s.

University of Minnesota Archives Holdings: The University of Minnesota Archives house numerous collections related to the history of the Academic Health Center (AHC), its forerunning administrative configuration the College of Medical Sciences, and the records of the six schools and colleges that comprise the Academic Health Center:  medicine, nursing, public health, pharmacy, dentistry, and veterinary medicine. The Archives also house collections pertaining to interdisciplinary centers within the Academic Health Center and oral histories and personal papers of prominent faculty and administrators.

Finding aids for many of the collections at the University Archives can be found at Digital documents related to the AHC and University administration are available through the University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy at Applicants are encouraged to contact University Archivist Erik Moore at to discuss the collections before applying.

Application and Expectations: Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae, names and contact information of two referees, a brief proposal of no more than two pages, and a one-page proposed budget. The one- to two-page proposal should outline clearly the purpose of the research and its central questions, what records or materials will be used, any bigger project of which this research is a part, and the intended product(s) such as a dissertation, publications, or documentaries. Selection of fellows will be based on the decision of a multi-disciplinary committee.

Fellowship recipients will be required to submit a short report on their research. Recipients are also required to supply the University Libraries with a copy of any publication resulting from research conducted as a result of the grant.

Duration and Support: The fellowship covers a flexible visit of between one to four weeks. The amount of the fellowship is up to $1,000.00 to support expenses related to travel, lodging, research costs, and other incidental expenses. The fellowship is available for a single, continuous research trip between the dates July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.


Deadline for applications is April 30, 2017. Candidates will be informed of the results by June 1, 2017.

Applications should be submitted via email. Be sure that your last name appears in the filename of each document. Send applications to: Dominique Tobbell, Program in the History of Medicine, University of Minnesota, (612-626-5114). If you have any questions about the travel grant, please contact Dominique Tobbell.

Grants: Ferenc Gyorgyey Research Travel Award

The Medical Historical Library of the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library at Yale University is pleased to announce its tenth annual Ferenc Gyorgyey Research Travel Award for use of the Historical Library:

The Medical Historical Library, located in New Haven, Connecticut, holds one of the country’s largest collections of rare medical books, journals, prints, photographs, and pamphlets. Special strengths are the works of Hippocrates, Galen, Vesalius, Boyle, Harvey, Culpeper, Priestley, and S. Weir Mitchell, and works on anatomy, anesthesia, and smallpox inoculation and vaccination. The Library owns over fifty medieval and renaissance manuscripts, Arabic and Persian manuscripts, and over 300 medical incunabula.  The notable Clements C. Fry Collection of Prints and Drawings has over 2,500 fine prints, drawings, and posters from the 15th century to the present on medical subjects.  The library also holds a great collection of tobacco advertisements, patent medicine ephemera, and a large archive of materials from Harvey Cushing, one of the founding fathers of neurosurgery.

The 2017-2018 travel grant is available to historians, medical practitioners, and other researchers who wish to use the collections of the Medical Historical Library:  There is a single award of up to $1,500 for one week of research during the academic fiscal year July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018.  Funds may be used for transportation, housing, food, and photographic reproductions. The award is limited to residents of the United States and Canada. Applicants will need to apply through our fellowship site:, and upload a curriculum vitae and project description, including the relevance of the Medical Historical Library collections to the project, as well as provide two references attesting to the particular project. Preference will be given to applicants beyond commuting distance to the Medical Historical Library.  This award is for use of Medical Historical special collections and is not intended for primary use of special collections in other libraries at Yale.  Applications are due by Monday, MAY 1st, 2017.  They will be considered by a committee and the candidates will be informed by June 2nd, 2017.  Winners may be asked to do a blog post discussing their research.

The application period is now open!  Please apply online at:

Requests for further information should be sent to:

Melissa Grafe, Ph.D
Head of the Medical Historical Library and 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

Additional information about the Library and its collections may be found at:

Grants: Travel Scholarships Bernard Becker Medical Library, Washington University

Travel Scholarships Available for Archives and Rare Books Collections Use

The Bernard Becker Medical Library at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is fortunate to have robust collections in archives and rare books that document the history of medicine from the late 15th century up to the present. Subjects in which the library’s holdings are particularly strong include ophthalmology and optics, neurology, deaf education, and the history of dentistry. In order to encourage researchers living more than 100 miles from St. Louis to use these collections, Becker Library will offer grants up to $1,000 to help defray the costs of travel, lodging, food and photo reproductions. Covered expenses will be reimbursed at the conclusion of the visit.

Eligible applicants are students enrolled in graduate degree programs (master’s and above), faculty and independent scholars. Applications will be reviewed by Becker Library’s rare book librarian and archivists. Preference will be given to applicants whose projects overlap with the library’s subject strengths. Successful applicants will be notified by May 1, 2017 and will have up to six months to use their award and must submit a brief report upon the completion of their visit.

To apply, please send the following to Rose Kettler at by April 1, 2017 (include “travel grant application” in the email’s subject line):

  • A personal statement describing how the library collections will be beneficial to the applicant’s research (no more than one page)
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Letter of recommendation from an academic advisor if the applicant is a student
  • Applicant’s name, address, phone number and email address

Additional information about Becker Library’s archival and rare book holdings can be found at