FELLOWSHIPS: 2009-10 Chemical Heritage Foundation Fellowships
The Chemical Heritage Foundation, an independent historical research center, library, and museum in Philadelphia, would like to encourage applications for long-term and short-term fellowships in residence at CHF’s Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry for the academic year 2009-10. These fellowships are for scholars working in some area of the history and social studies of alchemical, chymical, chemical, and molecular sciences, technologies, crafts, or industries (broadly construed) in all chronological and geographical areas. To get a better sense of the kinds of research The Chemical Heritage Foundation support, please visit our website and review the work being done by our current and past fellows. Our pages on Research and Fellowships can be found at: http://www.chemheritage.org/research/research.html
The Chemical Heritage Foundation are continuing to build our fellowship program here at CHF! I want to encourage people to apply and be a part of the growing history of science & technology scene in the Philadelphia area and CHF in particular. The Chemical Heritage Foundation currently have 9 PhD’s on staff and the Chemical Heritage Foundation want to have at least an equivalent number of visiting scholars in residence here at any one time to have an active and thriving scholarly community. Last year the Chemical Heritage Foundation gave out 6 long-term and 9 short-term fellowships. There have been a few changes to our program since last year to encourage more applications, primarily in the application procedures.
The deadline for applications is 15 February 2009. The Chemical Heritage Foundation now have an online application procedure that should streamline the process. Each applicant will select whether they are applying for a 9-month post-doctoral, 9-month dissertation, or short-term (with a specific number of months) fellowship. They will fill out the online form, attach the necessary supporting documents, and contact information for their references. Fellows will be selected by a peer review selection committee and awardees should be notified in April 2009.
The research collections at CHF, where the chosen fellows will be in residence throughout their fellowship period, range from the fifteenth century to the present and include approximately 10,000 rare book volumes, significant archival holdings, thousands of images, and a large artifact and fine arts collection, supported by over 100,000 reference volumes, monographs, and journals. Within the collections there are many areas of special 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. Recipients of all fellowships are expected to participate in and make a contribution to CHF’s intellectual life. CHF is also an active member in the new Philadelphia Area Center for the History of Science.
To be eligible for all but the special Société fellowship, applicants must either have a Ph.D. (or equivalent) or be a doctoral candidate at the dissertation stage.
There are 3 basic types of fellowships:
1. Beckman Center Long-Term Postdoctoral Fellowships. Tenure of fellowship: 9 months. Amount of award: $43,000. Eligibility: PhD in hand by July 2009.
2. Beckman Center Long-Term Dissertation Fellowships. Tenure of fellowship: 9 months. Amount of award: $25,000. Eligibility: Graduate students at the dissertation stage.
3. Beckman Center Short-Term Fellowships. Tenure of fellowship: 1-6 months. Amount of award: $3,000 per month. Eligibility: PhD scholars and graduate students.
The Chemical Heritage Foundation are also currently offering one additional special fellowship: Société de Chimie Industrielle (American Section) Fellowship (3 months in residence). This fellowship is designed to stimulate public understanding of the chemical industries. Applications are encouraged from writers, journalists, educators, and historians of science, technology, or business. Multimedia, popular book projects and Web-based projects are encouraged. Applicants must specify how the outcomes of their projects will reach a broad audience. Amount of award: $10,000
Applications must include the following to be provided via the online application:
(1) A cover letter
(2) A research proposal of no more than 1,000 words addressing the relevance of CHF resources, how the work advances scholarship, and how the outcome might be published.
(3) A C.V. of no more than three pages in length.
(4) The applicant must also supply contact information for two referees to send letters directly to CHF by the deadline.
For further information visit www.chemheritage.org <http://www.chemheritage.org/> , e-mail: [email protected], or write to Fellowships Coordinator, Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19106, USA.
Arnold Thackray Director,
Othmer Library of Chemical History
Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 873-8284
Fax: (215) 629-5284
Email: [email protected]