The Center offers short-term Research Fellowships and nine-month Dissertation Writing Fellowships for scholars in the history of science, technology and medicine. Fellows use offices in the Center’s facility in Center City Philadelphia and have ready access to events and activities at consortium member institutions as well as throughout Philadelphia’s vibrant academic and cultural communities.
The Center’s fellowships may be held sequentially with fellowships offered separately by consortium member institutions but may not be held concurrently.
Research Fellowships are intended for scholars who will use the collections of two or more institutions in the consortium. Applicants must list the specific collections they wish to use and are strongly encouraged to determine relevance of collections to their projects before applying by searching online catalogs and contacting librarians and archivists at member institutions. Applicants can search most members’ collections through a single interface on the Center’s website. Candidates who demonstrate that they will make good use of collections at multiple consortium institutions will receive strong preference. Candidates who live 75 or more miles from the collections they will use will receive some preference.
Research Fellows will be awarded a stipend of $600 for use of each collection, $250 if the collection is less than 100 miles from another collection for which a stipend has already been awarded.
Dissertation Writing Fellowships
The Dissertation Writing Fellows receive a stipend of $23,000. Fellows are expected to spend the academic year at the Center and to participate in our events.
Dissertation fellowships are available to Ph.D. candidates who are U.S. nationals or students at U.S. institutions.
The Center’s postdoctoral fellow receives a stipend of $40,000 per year for two years. This fellow will be expected to spend two academic years at the Center, to participate in the Center’s events, and to assist in light administrative duties to help run the Center and its activities.
Postdoctoral fellowships for 2014-2016 may be available and will be announced separately.
Applications for Dissertation Writing Fellowships and Research Fellowships for 2014-2015 must be submitted online by 8 January 2014. Applicants must submit: a Curriculum Vitae limited to two pages; an abstract limited to 150 words; and a project proposal, limited to 1,500 words, describing the research project and how it will advance scholarship in the history of science, technology or medicine. In addition, each applicant must inform two recognized scholars that they will be asked to submit letters of recommendation by 15 January 2014. The Center will send instructions to these scholars upon receipt of an application.