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.

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.

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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: