Fellowships

The Consortium offers short-term Research Fellowships, nine-month Dissertation Writing Fellowships and a nine-month NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship for scholars in the history of science, technology or medicine who would like to use collections at two or more institutions in the Consortium. Dissertation and Postdoctoral Fellows use offices in the Consortium’s facility in Center City Philadelphia and have ready access to events and activities throughout Philadelphia’s vibrant academic and cultural communities.

The Consortium’s fellowships may be held sequentially with fellowships offered separately by Consortium member institutions but may not be held concurrently.

See also How Fellows Are Selected and Geographical and Disciplinary Distribution of Fellowships.

Applying

Applications for Fellowships for 2016-2017 must be submitted online by 14 December 2016. Late applications will not normally be accepted. All applicants must submit online:

  • an abstract limited to 150 words
  • a description of resources at two or more Consortium member institutions that the prospective fellow would like to use

  • and, as a single PDF file, single-spaced, in Times New Roman font, no smaller than 11 pt type with at least 1” margins:

  • a Curriculum Vitae limited to 2 pages
  • a project description limited to 4 pages explaining the research project and how it will advance scholarship in the history of science, technology or medicine
  • a bibliography up to 2 pages

  • In addition, each applicant must inform two recognized scholars that they will be asked to submit letters of recommendation by 24 December 2016. We will send instructions to these scholars upon receipt of an application, but applicants should let their recommenders know to have a letter ready for submission.

    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 Consortium’s website. Candidates who demonstrate that they will make good use of collections at multiple Consortium institutions will receive strong preference.

    Research Fellowships

    Research Fellows will be awarded a stipend of $600 for use of each collection, $350 if the collection is less than 100 miles from another collection for which a stipend has already been awarded. Candidates who live 100 or more miles from the collections they will use will receive some preference. Fellows typically receive between $950 and $3,000 depending on number and locations of collections used.

    Dissertation Writing Fellowships

    Dissertation Writing Fellows receive a stipend of $23,000. Fellows are expected to spend the academic year at the Consortium facilities in Philadelphia and to participate in our events. Dissertation fellowships are available to Ph.D. candidates who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents or students at U.S. institutions.

    NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship

    The Consortium’s NEH Postdoctoral Fellow receives a stipend of $37,500. Postdoctoral Fellows will be expected to spend the academic year at the Consortium facilities in Philadelphia and to participate in our events. The Consortium’s NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship is available to scholars who are US citizens or permanent residents. Applicants must have a Ph.D., or have completed by 14 December 2016 all requirements for a Ph.D. except for the actual conferral of the degree.


    Fellowship Application Form


    Ptarmigans, from John James Audubon’s Birds of America, the elephant folio, 1827-1838. Image courtesy of The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

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    Other Fellowships at Member Institutions

    Some of the Consortium member institutions offer their own fellowships and grants, for research in their collections only; click on the list below for further information about these programs. Note that Consortium fellowships may be held sequentially with fellowships offered separately by our member institutions but may not be held concurrently.