The Chemical Heritage Foundation would like to encourage applications for long-term and short-term fellowships in residence at CHF for the academic year 2008-09. These fellowships are for scholars working in some area of the history of chemical sciences, technologies, or industries (broadly construed) in all chronological and geographical areas. To get a better sense of the kinds of research we support, please visit our website (www.chemheritage.org) and review the work being done by our current and past fellows. We are actively building 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. We have around 10-12 PhD’s on staff at any one time at CHF and we want to have an equivalent number of visiting scholars in residence here to have an active and thriving scholarly community. There have been a few changes to our program since last year to encourage more applications, primarily in the application procedures and the deadline.
The new deadline for applications is that they be sent out no later than 15 February 2008. Fellows will be selected by a peer review selection committee. The committee will assign awardees to specific named fellowships; there is no need to apply for a specific fellowship as in the past, except where noted below.
Several fellowships at CHF, an independent research center in Philadelphia, are offered to scholars through both CHF’s Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry and the Center for Contemporary History and Policy for the academic year 2008 — 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 Third-Party fellowships, applicants must either have a Ph.D. (or equivalent) or be a doctoral candidate at the dissertation stage.
There are 2 basic types of fellowships: Long-Term and Short-Term 1. Beckman Center Long-Term Fellowships. Tenure of fellowship: 9 months. Amount of award: $20,000-43,000 2. Beckman Center Short-Term Fellowships. Tenure of fellowship: usually 2 — 4 months. Amount of award: $3,000 per month
We are also currently offering some additional special fellowships: 1. Robert W. Gore Fellowship: This 12-month fellowship is open to advanced Ph.D. candidates with the research expertise, writing skills, and technical background to conduct case studies of materials innovations since 1980 and communicate to academic, policy, and industrial audiences. The Gore Fellow will undertake one case study to be published by CHF, and will also have ample opportunity to pursue individual research and academic interests. Amount of award: $35,000. 2. 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: $15,000 3. Glenn E. and Barbara Hodsdon Ullyot Scholarship (2 months minimum in residence). This scholarship sponsors historical research that promotes public understanding of the chemical sciences. Applications are invited from scholars, graduate students, science writers, and journalists. Amount of award: $4,500.
Applications must include: (1) A cover sheet indicating which type of fellowship (long-term, short-term, Gore, Société, or Ullyot) you are applying for and the number of months of support required along with the following information: name; mailing address to be used for future correspondence; telephone and fax numbers; e-mail address; institution name and present rank; date Ph.D. received or expected; citizenship status & need for a visa, if applicable; and title of project. (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 arrange for two letters of reference to be sent directly to CHF and postmarked by the deadline.
For further information visit www.chemheritage.org, e-mail: [email protected], or write to Fellowships Coordinator, Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Electronic applications are strongly encouraged; printed materials should be sent to the fellowships coordinator and/or faxed to 215-629-5269.