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Apply for a Fellowship

The Science History Institute offers a variety of fellowships, many of which require separate application processes. Here you will find information about applying for Beckman Center fellowships, Institute for Research postdocs, library travel grants, and more.


Beckman Center Fellowships

Applications for 2018–2019 Beckman Center fellowships are now closed. Applications for 2019–2020 will be due in early 2019.

To apply for a Beckman Center fellowship, fill out the online application, which becomes available each fall.

Applicants for the nine-month dissertation fellowship and short-term fellowship will also need to submit

  • a research proposal of less than 1,500 words
  • a curriculum vitae of three pages or less
  • contact information for two people submitting reference letters on your behalf

Applicants for the two-year 80/20 fellowship will also need to submit

  • a research proposal of less than 1,500 words
  • a curriculum vitae of three pages or less
  • contact information for two people submitting reference letters on your behalf
  • answers to the following two questions, which will be included on your application form (250 words or less for each):
    • What sorts of skills are you interested in developing during your fellowship? Why?
    • What kinds of work, service, and organizational experience do you have (inside or outside an academic setting) that don’t show up on your CV?
  • a piece of work written for a broad or public audience (optional)

Keep in mind

  • you may not apply for multiple kinds of fellowships at the same time; the online form will allow you to note which type of fellowship you are applying for.
  • if applying for a short-term fellowship, you must indicate how many months you wish to be in residence at the Science History Institute (1–4 months).
  • you will receive a confirmation email upon submitting your application; your references will be semt an email asking them to upload a letter of reference within two weeks of the deadline.
  • after the deadline all complete applications will be assessed by a committee from outside the Science History Institute; all applicants will be notified of the outcome of the review by the end of the spring.


Travel Grants

There is no deadline for travel grant applications. Travel grant applications can be submitted at any time and are assessed by an internal review committee on a rolling basis until funding for that fiscal year has been exhausted. Please allow two weeks for notification of the committee’s decision.

Travel grant applicants must reside more than 75 miles from Philadelphia to be eligible. No more than one travel grant per person per fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) can be awarded. Grants must be taken within one year of the award or the grantee must request an extension or reapply.

A travel grant application must contain

  • a research proposal that also details how the applicant will make use of the Science History Institute’s collections (one page);
  • a curriculum vitae (up to three pages); and
  • one reference letter. Referees should submit letters directly to the Science History Institute via travelgrants@sciencehistory.org.

Travel grant applications must be submitted electronically, as Word or PDF files, to travelgrants@sciencehistory.org.


Institute for Research Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Institute for Research is not accepting applications for research fellows at this time.


Other Fellowships

No other fellowships are available at this time.