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Apply for a Fellowship

Here you will find information about applying for Beckman Center fellowships and Othmer Library travel grants.


Beckman Center Fellowships

To apply for a Beckman Center fellowship, please use the online form which we publish each fall. You may not apply for multiple kinds of fellowships at the same time. If you are unsure about what kind of fellowship to apply for, please write to us at fellowships@sciencehistory.org and we will advise you.

Dissertation and 80/20 postdoctoral fellowship applicants need to submit the following:

  • abstract (up to 150 words)
  • cover letter (up to two pages)
  • research proposal (up to four pages)
  • CV (up to four pages)
  • one piece of sample work (e.g., a published paper, dissertation chapter, master’s thesis) preferably of not more than 10,000 words
  • contact details of two referees unaffiliated with the Science History Institute

Short-term and distinguished fellowship applicants need to submit the following:

  • abstract (up to 150 words)
  • cover letter (up to one page)
  • research proposal (up to three pages)
  • CV (up to four pages)
  • contact details of two referees unaffiliated with the Science History Institute

Applicants are strongly advised to read the Guide for Applicants carefully and to determine the relevance of our collections to their projects before applying.

We encourage you to search the Othmer Library catalog and contact our reference staff using this online form.

Applications for 2021–2022/2023 are now closed.
 

Next Steps

Upon submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation email. In addition, your referees will immediately be sent an email asking them to upload a letter of recommendation within two weeks of the deadline. Completed applications will be assessed by an independent review committee consisting of an international panel of five leading scholars. All candidates will be notified of the outcome of the review by April 20, 2021. For further details please see the Guide for Applicants.

 

 


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. Please allow up to one month 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

  • abstract (up to 150 words)
  • a research proposal that describes how the applicant will make use of the Science History Institute’s collections (one page);
  • CV (up to four pages)
  • one reference letter

N.B. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are not currently accepting travel grant applications.

For more information please contact travelgrants@sciencehistory.org.


This page was last updated on January 26, 2021.