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 and medicine. 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.

Applying

Applications for Fellowships for 2015-2016 must be submitted online by 4 February 2015.  Applicants must submit: a Curriculum Vitae limited to three pages; an abstract limited to 150 words; and a project proposal, limited to 2,000 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 11 February 2015.  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 for Research Fellowships and the NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship 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 Fellowships are intended for scholars who will use the collections of two or more institutions in the Consortium.  Candidates who live 100 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 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

NEH Postdoctoral Fellowships are intended for scholars who will use the collections of two or more institutions in the Consortium.  The Consortium’s 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 and have a Ph.D., or have completed all requirements for a Ph.D. except for the actual conferral of the degree, by 4 February 2015.


Fellowship Application Form


Plate VII: “From the Catacombs of Thebes” in Dr. Samuel George Morton, Crania Aegyptiaca. Philadelphia: John Penington, 1844.
Collection of the Library Company of Philadelphia

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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.