Science History Institute Invites Applications for Beckman Center Fellowships

The Science History Institute collects and shares the stories of innovators and discoveries that shape our lives and works to preserve and interpret the history of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences.

To advance this mission, the institute's Beckman Center is inviting applications for several fellowships. The center offers fellowships to scholars doing research in the history and social studies of chemistry and related sciences, technologies, and industries, and fellows are encouraged to interact with the robust history-of-science community in Philadelphia and participate in an informal writing group that provides a critical but collegial setting in which to develop works in progress.

The center offers three types of fellowships:

80/20 Postdoctoral Fellowships (two-year program) — A stipend of $45,000, paid in monthly installments, with an additional $2,500 subsidy for health insurance and an annual grant for travel expenses will be awarded to recent PhDs to develop skills and acquire experience that can enhance their opportunities outside the academy or their work within it. During each of the two-year fellowship period, fellows will spend a day a week (on average) working closely with institute staff on projects related to their research in one of four concentrations: rare books, museum, oral history, or public programs. The rare books and museum concentrations incorporate a digital component, and all fellows undertake at least one outreach activity. The rest of the time fellows are expected to take advantage of the institute’s resources to develop and publish their own research. In addition, each 80/20 fellow will give one of two flagship Fellow in Focus public lectures, either in the fall or the spring. 

Dissertation Fellowships (nine-month program) — A stipend of $26,000, with an additional one-off grant for initial travel expenses, will be awarded to graduate students whose PhD dissertation proposals have been accepted by their respective university departments. Applications from candidates in dissertation- or thesis-only PhD programs outside the United States whose funding does not extend to a fourth year are also encouraged.

Short-Term Fellowships (one- to four-month program) — A stipend of $3,000 per month, to defray the costs of travel, accommodation, and living expenses, will be awarded to scholars and researchers irrespective of career stage, including doctoral students, who plan to work closely with the institute’s collections on an independent research project.

See the Science History Institute website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.


Deadline: January 31, 2020