Prizes: 6th Notes and Records Essay Award

Calling all historians of science – enter the 6th Notes and Records Essay Award

 Are you a researcher in the history of science, technology and medicine? Have you completed a postgraduate degree within the last five years? If the answer to these questions is ‘yes’, you can enter our Essay Award for a chance to win £500 (or local currency equivalent) and publication of your winning essay in our history of science journal Notes and Records. One runner-up will also receive £250 and there will be £100 prizes for an additional three ‘honourable mentions’. All winning categories will benefit from a free online subscription to Notes and Records for one year. Deadline for entries is 28 February 2021. Further information available at

Notes and Records reports on current research and archival activities across the history of science, technology and medicine. Our Essay Award is open to researchers from the above fields who have completed a postgraduate degree within the last 5 years.  Please also see our blog about the previous winner/winning entry from 2019 at

The award consists of:
A cash prize of £500
A runner-up prize of £250
Three honourable mentions will each receive £100
Publication of the winning entry in Notes and Records

All winners will receive a one year online subscription to Notes and Records

Lectures: Pandemic Perspectives: Stories through Collections

Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is announcing a new program series, Pandemic Perspectives: Stories through Collections.

Join curators and historians for an engaging series of panels offering perspectives on the current pandemic. Panelists will virtually share objects from the past as a springboard to a lively discussion of how to better understand the present. Audience questions are encouraged and will be addressed in the moderated dialogue.

Website, including (free) registration for each program:

We invite curious people to join us for interesting discussions exploring a diverse range of historical and contemporary topics – and tensions – associated with pandemics.

Fellowships: Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine

The Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine invites applications for fellowships in the history of science, technology and medicine, broadly construed. Opportunities include:
  • NEW: Four-Month NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Nine-Month NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Dissertation Fellowships
  • Fellowships-in-Residence
The four-month NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship will normally be awarded to a senior scholar, and the nine-month NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship to a junior scholar. Dissertation Fellowships are available to graduate students working on a PhD dissertation. Fellowships-in-Residence are available to scholars with other sources of support. For details, please see Fellowship Overview.

The Consortium comprises 26 educational and cultural institutions using their exceptional resources to promote academic and public understanding of the history of science, technology and medicine.

The Consortium offers rich opportunities for research. Taken together, its collections of rare books, manuscripts and artifacts are unparalleled in historical depth as well as breadth. The Consortium also provides a vibrant, stimulating and collegial community. Fellows participate in public and scholarly events, as well as informal reading and writing groups, held online and at the Consortium’s offices in downtown Philadelphia.

Visit our website at for further information, including an online application form and a list of current and past fellows. The website also features: information about the fellowship programs of member institutions; descriptions of the exceptional collections in the museums, archives, and libraries of the Consortium; and a Consortium-wide search hub for rare books and manuscripts.

The Consortium will hold an informational meeting via Zoom at 12:00 PM EDT Friday, September 25, 2020 to answer questions about fellowship opportunities and the application process. Please register for the meeting here.

Applications must be submitted online by December 15, 2020.

Calls for Papers:

SAHMS is seeking paper, panel, and roundtable proposals for its 2021 virtual conference, to be hosted by Emory University on March 11-13. We welcome abstracts on a broad range of topics from any period in the history of science, medicine, and technology, and encourage submissions from graduate students, faculty, professionals, and independent scholars. We especially invite submissions that address global histories, as well as those related to the histories of disability, race, gender, or the environment. Presentations on public history, digital history, museums, the medical humanities, or teaching are also welcome.

Topics do not need to be Southern in focus and presenters do not need to be affiliated with Southern academic institutions.

Please submit your proposals via the SAHMS website by December 1, 2020.

All of our 2021 conference sessions and events will be held online. Presented papers may also be published in the conference’s proceedings or invited for submission to the organization’s journal. For additional information about the meeting and submission guidelines, please see our website: Questions can be emailed to

Fellowships: Postgraduate funding opportunities in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine at Cambridge, 2021-22

Postgraduate funding opportunities in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine at the University of Cambridge, 2021-22

** US applicants, please note the early deadline (14 October) for Gates Cambridge Scholarships, which are available for PhD and MPhil **

The Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge is the largest of its kind in the UK, and has an unrivalled reputation for teaching and research. Staff have expertise in the history and philosophy of a wide range of sciences and of medicine.

If you are interested in studying for an MPhil or PhD in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine at Cambridge, you will find everything you need to know about the Department, the courses, the academic staff <>, and the application process on our website <>.

The Department offers two MPhil options: an MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine <> and an MPhil in Health, Medicine and Society <> (taught jointly with Social Anthropology and Sociology) as well as the PhD <>.

For those considering a PhD, the Department will hold an online workshop as part of the University’s Virtual Postgraduate Open Days, which run from 2 to 15 November. Led by the Director of Graduate Studies, the workshop will explain our admissions requirements and procedures. Advice will be provided on finding a workable topic and potential supervisors, writing a convincing proposal, securing references and applying for funding. To book a place on the Open Days, please go to <>. To see the sorts of careers our PhD students go into, please see <>.

Students applying to start an MPhil or PhD in 2021-22 have access to the following studentship opportunities:

Cambridge Trust Scholarships
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Studentships
Gates Cambridge Scholarships
HPS Trust Fund Bursaries for all MPhil and PhD students
Wellcome Trust Awards: for HMS MPhil and PhD (students with a focus on human or animal health) If you wish to be nominated for one of these awards please indicate this on your application form.

To be eligible for these awards you will need to submit your postgraduate application by 12 noon on 3 December 2020. (US Gates candidates have a deadline of 14 October.)

All applicants will automatically be considered for an HPS Trust Fund Bursary. Initial offers of funding will be made in February, and awards will continue to be allocated until the application deadline has been reached, or all the available funding has been committed.

For more information on these and other awards available through the Department, please visit <>.

For more general information on funding opportunities available to postgraduate students at the University of Cambridge: <>.

For further information about graduate study at HPS in Cambridge:

Conference: New Social History of Pharmacy & Pharmaceuticals Festival

You are cordially invited to the New Social History of Pharmacy & Pharmaceuticals Festival co-hosted by the George Urdang Chair in the History of Pharmacy Lucas Richert and the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy.

This free, online conference will take place September 24-29 and feature 11 panels, 4 book talks, 3 invited Festival talks, 1 publishing roundtable discussion, and 1 early career roundtable conversation. The Festival will explore the many dimensions of the social history of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals through an exciting array of contributed paper panels, book talks, and invited Festival talks. The Festival’s aim is to stimulate new scholarship and discussion, connect scholars and researchers from around the world, and place a spotlight on emerging trends in the studies of pharmaceuticals, drugs, and alcohol more broadly.

Visit the Festival website to see the schedule of speakers and to register!

NLM Strategic Plan Request for Information Deadline10/19/2020

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) invites you to help guide the continuing implementation of our strategic plan through 2027 by responding to our Request for Information (RFI), and encouraging others to respond.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest biomedical library and one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is steward of a world-renowned collection of medical materials spanning ten centuries, home to an award-winning exhibition program, and leads, conducts, and supports research and research training in biomedical information science, informatics, data science, and digital humanities.

In the years since NLM’s current strategic plan was released, there have been dozens of initiatives, projects, and other NLM activities in pursuit of the goals of the plan. To assure that implementation of the plan remains current, NLM seeks comment on major opportunities or challenges relevant to the NLM mission that have arisen or become significantly more important in the last five years through responses to the above mentioned RFI
Via the web-based form described in the RFI, please share your perspectives on recent opportunities and challenges as they relate to the globally-appreciated role of NLM, and please note that responses must be received by October 19, 2020.

Thank you for your time and consideration, and sharing this opportunity widely through your professional networks.

Calls for Papers: International Network for the History of Hospitals Conference

The International Network for the History of Hospitals (INHH) and the research projects ‘Hospitalis: Hospital Architecture in Portugal at the Dawn of Modernity’ and the ‘Royal Hospital of All Saints: city and public health’ are pleased to announce the call for papers for Space and the Hospital. The conference will take place in Lisbon, Portugal from 26-28 May 2021. 

Space, in both its physical and conceptual manifestations, has been a part of how hospitals were designed, built, used, and understood within the wider community. By focusing on space, this conference aims to explore this subject through the lens of its architectural, socio-cultural, medical, economic, charitable, ideological, and public conceptualisations.

This thirteenth INHH conference will explore the relationship between space and hospitals throughout history by examining it through the lens of five themes: (1) ritual, space, and architecture; (2) hospitals as ‘model’ spaces; (3) the impact of medical practice and theory on space; (4) hospitality and social space; (5) sponsorship. Below are more details about how the conference themes will address along with related questions. The themes and questions presented are by no means an exhaustive list; however, we encourage the submission of an abstract that examines any aspects of space and the history of hospitals in innovative ways. Please see the attached CfP, or go to our website, for a more comprehensive outline of the proposed themes.

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers or posters which address the conference theme. Potential contributors are asked to bear in mind that engagement with the theme of space and the hospital will be a key criterion in determining which papers are accepted onto the programme.

Abstracts should be a maximum of 300 words in length, in English and accompanied by a brief biography of no more than 200 words. Proposals should be sent to by 30 September 2020. As with previous INHH conferences, it is intended that an edited volume of the conference papers will be published. Submissions are particularly encouraged from researchers who have not previously given a paper at an INHH conference.

Contact Email:


Jobs: Professor or Associate Professor and serve as the Director of the Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry (ECBCNHI), University of Virginia

The posting number is:  R0016298

The University of Virginia (UVA) School of Nursing invites applications for an established senior scholar to join the faculty at the rank of Professor or Associate Professor and serve as the Director of the Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry (ECBCNHI). The ECBCNHI is dedicated to the preservation and study of nursing history and its contributions to the shaping of the American health care system. This distinctive position requires an eminent historian of nursing who will have opportunities to work with faculty, staff, and students in schools and departments across UVA Grounds. They will support an environment that openly and honestly values difference and allows room for a rich variation of perspectives, beliefs, experiences, and people. The Director of the ECBCNHI will provide leadership in all of these important areas.

The ECBCNHI is one of only two endowed nursing history centers in the world. It hosts a regular series of nursing history forums, sponsors an annual Agnes Dillon Randolph Award and lecture, awards annual research fellowships, and publishes a biannual newsletter, Windows in Time. It hosts scholars from around the world. To learn more about the center please visit our website:

Many professional schools in the health sciences – including medicine, public health, and public policy – have individual faculty whose expertise is in the history of the health sciences. The ECBCNHI, housed in the School of Nursing, is one such center. It is recognized internationally for its innovative educational programs and cutting edge research in the history of nursing. It has been successful in garnering grant support, with its faculty generating numerous award-winning scholarly publications and presentations and serving as officers of national nursing history associations.

To be considered candidates must be a distinguished historian of nursing with a substantial independent body of research work. This includes publication in peer-reviewed journals (usually single or lead authored), a track record of extramural funding, and publication of academic monographs or books with university presses. Their research must be based on sound methodology that presents both argument and analysis and must be rigorously executed such that it pushes the boundaries of the field. The candidate must also have evidence of invited lectures and presentations at national and international conferences.

We are seeking a master teacher with at least five years of teaching experience who demonstrates a passion for creating a collaborative scholarly and pedagogical environment to support students and faculty. Candidates must have a PhD in nursing, history, or other relevant field; and if a nurse, be eligible for licensure in the state of Virginia. Joint appointments with other schools or departments within the University of Virginia may be possible.

Rank and salary will be determined on qualifications and years of experience. Endowed Chair appointments are possible for highly qualified applicants who meet the School of Nursing criteria. Candidates must be able to meet the criteria for the UVA tenured process of Associate or Professor.

Ranked among the top nursing schools in the nation by US News and World Report, UVA aims to create a diverse community of students, scholars, and staff who aspire to achieve excellence in education, research, and clinical experiences. The UVA School of Nursing has been actively engaged in IDEA, our Inclusion, Diversity and Excellence Achievement initiative. We are deeply committed to developing a community that is inclusive, respectful, and considers diversity to be a key part of our excellence. We seek applicants whose experience, research, and teaching have prepared them to substantially contribute to this mission. We welcome, in particular, applicants from groups who have been historically underrepresented in nursing, including racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+, veterans, people with disabilities, and men.

The selected applicant will be required to complete a background check prior to their first day of employment per University policy.


PROCESS FOR INTERNAL UVA APPLICANTS: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs”, and search for “R0016298″.   Complete an application online and see below for documents to attach.

PROCESS FOR EXTERNAL APPLICANTS: Please visit UVA job board, (R0016298) complete the application and see below for documents to attach.  Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the box or you can combine them into one PDF.

Complete an application online and attach:

    • CV/Resume
    • Cover Letter

Congratulations to the 2020 AAHM Award Winners!

Congratulations to the 2020 AAHM award winners announced at the Associations’ virtual business meeting on May 9, 2020.

William Osler Medal: Daniel Huang of Queens University  School of Medicine for his paper, “Cyber Solace: Historicizing an Online Forum for Depression 1990-1999.”

Richard H. Shryock Medal Honorable Mention: Brad Bolman of Harvard University for his essay, “In the Animal House: Salvage, Rabies, and Labor in Birmingham”

Richard H. Shryock Medal Honorable Mention: Sara Ray of the University of Pennsylvania for her paper, “Origin Stories: Mothers, Midwives, and Monstrous Births”

Richard H. Shryock Medal: Emer Lucey of the University of Wisconsin-Madison for her essay,“Beauty and Joy: The Aesthetics of Autism and Down Syndrome”

Fielding H. Garrison Lecturer for 2021: Janet L. Golden, Professor Emerita Rutgers University

J. Worth Estes Prize: Sabrina Minuzzi for her article, “‘Quick to say Quack’ Medicinal Secrets from the Household to the Apothecary’s Shop in Eighteenth-century Venice,” in Social History of Medicine.

Jack D. Pressman-Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Development Award in 20th Century History of Medicine or Biomedical Sciences Award: Dr. Wangui Muigai Assistant Professor at Brandeis University to support her Book Project, “Infant Death in the Black Experience”

George Rosen Prize: Guillaume Lachenal for his bookThe Lomidine Files: The Untold Story of a Medical Disaster published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

William H. Welch Medal: Nicole Barnes for her book Intimate Communities: Wartime Healthcare and the Birth of Modern China, 1937-1945 published by the University of California Press.

Genevieve Miller Lifetime Achievement Award: Theodore M. Brown

Congratulations to all our winners.