Fellowships

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The Consortium offers Research Fellowships, nine-month Dissertation Fellowships, NEH Postdoctoral Fellowships, and Fellowships-in-Residence 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.

When evaluating applications, the Consortium considers two primary criteria:

  • The potential to make significant contributions to scholarship: The significance of the project with respect to existing literature should be clear.
  • The appropriateness of the project to the collections of member institutions: The application form requires listing materials to be accessed in the collections of member institutions. If the requested items are available elsewhere or online, the application should explain why access to physical materials or variants at member institutions is required for the project. The best way to address this criterion is to contact the library and archive staff at the institutions you would like to visit for your research.

As all fellowship awards involve research, the most successful applications will demonstrate strong familiarity with member collections and make a compelling argument for the importance of those collections to the proposed project. It is advisable to communicate directly with member institution librarians and archivists to identify relevant collections.

For further information, see How Fellows Are Selected.

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

For any questions regarding Consortium fellowships, please email info@chstm.org.

Fellowship Opportunities

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.

Research Fellowships in Medical Humanities and History of Medicine for Scholars from Brazil, India and South Africa

Research Fellows will be awarded $2,000 in addition 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.

Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of, and residing in, Brazil, India or South Africa at the time of application. Applicants must be working on a project dealing with medical humanities or history of medicine.

Dissertation Fellowships

Dissertation Fellows receive a stipend of $25,000. Fellows are expected to spend the academic year at the Consortium facilities in Philadelphia, participate in our events and conduct research at two or more Consortium member institutions. 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 $37,800. Postdoctoral Fellows are expected to spend the academic year at the Consortium facilities in Philadelphia, participate in our events and conduct research at two or more Consortium member institutions. 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 the application deadline all requirements for a Ph.D. except for the actual conferral of the degree.

Fellowships-in-Residence

When space is available, the Consortium hosts scholars who receive support from other sources.  The application process for these Fellowships-in-Residence is the same as for other fellowships.  Applicants must clearly state in their application a source of support for their residence at the Consortium.

How to Apply

Complete applications must be submitted online no later than December 18, 2018. 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 3 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 secondary literature 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 January 1, 2019. 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.
  • Please contact info@chstm.org with any questions regarding fellowships.

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.