The Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, an independent research library in Philadelphia, is inviting applications for short- or long-term fellowships in the history of science, technology, medicine, and industry.
The research collections at CHF range chronologically from the fifteenth century to the present and include six thousand rare books, significant archival holdings, thousands of images, and a large artifact and fine arts collection supported by more than a hundred thousand reference volumes and journals. Within the collections are many areas of strength, including alchemy, mining & metallurgy, dyeing and bleaching, balneology, gunpowder and pyrotechnics, gas-lighting, books of secrets, inorganic and organic chemistry, biochemistry, food chemistry, and pharmaceuticals.
The center supports roughly twenty fellows a year, creating a vibrant community of scholars whose work is in some way tied to the history of materials and materiality, chemistry, and all related sciences. Applications come from people in a wide range of disciplines across the humanities and social sciences.
The Beckman Center currently offers three levels of fellowships.
1) Postdoctoral Fellowships include stipends of $45,000 for a nine-month residence program and are open to scholars at the postdoctoral level.
2) Dissertation Fellowships include stipends of $26,000 for a nine-month residence program and are open to graduate students at the dissertation stage.
3) Short-Term Fellowships include stipends of $3,000 per month in for residence programs of one to four months and are open to all scholars and researchers.
Short-term fellowships are specifically designed around access to the center's research collections, while long-term fellows' work must help support the mission of the institution and fit with the collections more generally.
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the CHF website.