Fellowships

The Center offers short-term Research Fellowships and nine-month Dissertation Writing Fellowships and a Postdoctoral Fellowship 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.

Applying

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.

Post-doctoral applications for 2014-2015 must be submitted online by 12 February 2014.  Applicants must submit: a Curriculum Vitae limited to three pages and a project proposal, limited to 2,500 words, describing the research project and how it will advance scholarship in the history of science, technology or medicine. In addition, each applicant must ask two recognized scholars to submit letters of support through the same web site by 19 February 2014.

Research Fellowships

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.

Research Fellowship applications for 2014-2015 are closed. Applications for 2015-16 will open in November 2014.

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.

Dissertation Fellowship applications for 2014-2015 are closed. Applications for 2015-16 will open in November 2014.

Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Center’s postdoctoral fellow receives a stipend of $40,000.  This fellow will be expected to spend the academic year 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 are awarded for one year.  If funding is available, they may be renewed for a second year for fellows showing satisfactory progress in their research and writing.

Postdoctoral Fellowship applications for 2014-2015 are closed.


Johns Hopkins Medical School Graduating Class 1898-99
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Other Fellowships at Member Institutions

Some of the PACHS 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 PACHS fellowships may be held sequentially with fellowships offered separately by our member institutions but may not be held concurrently.