National Institutes of Health – Fellowship in the History of Biomedical Sciences and Technology or Medicine

Location: Maryland, United States
Institution Type: Government
Position Type: Post-doctoral Fellow

Stetten Fellowship in the History of Biomedical Sciences and Technology or Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

Program Background

The Stetten Fellowship seeks to encourage postdoctoral historical research and publication about biomedical sciences and technology and medicine that has been funded by NIH since 1945. Fellowships carry a stipend in the range of $45,000 per year and include health insurance and a work space, computer, and phone in the Office of NIH History. (Fellowships may be renewable to a maximum of 24 months, subject to satisfactory progress.) Stetten Fellows have access to the resources of the Office of NIH History, the collections of the Stetten Museum, the National Library of Medicine, NIH Library, and historical materials in the NIH Institutes relevant to their research projects. The Fellow will conduct research on topics of their choice under the supervision of senior staff of the Office of NIH History and assisted by contacts in the relevant Institute(s). The Fellow will be expected to participate in historical activities on campus, including presentation of one or more seminars and lectures. For more information on the Stetten Fellowship, please see the Stetten Fellow Handbook:
Current Stetten Fellows and their projects: Eric Boyle, (UC Santa Barbara)—history of alternative and complementary medicine at NIH; Todd Olszewski, (Yale)—history of risk factors in terms of cholesterol and cardiovascular health; Laura Stark, (Princeton)—history of NIH policies in ethics of human subject research; Doogab Yi, (Princeton)—history of NIH research in cancer viruses; Chin Jou, (Princeton)—history of obesity; Brian Casey (Yale)—NIH, neurophysiology, and criminal culpability; Sharon Ku (Cambridge University)—nanotechnology and cancer.

Application Deadline: 31 December 2009

Instructions: Send the following materials via email to David Cantor ([email protected]).

1.Your full name and contact information
2.Your research proposal and curriculum vitae (as attachments).
3.Names, addresses, and affiliations of two people who will write reference letters for you.

NOTE: Inform the two people who will write in support of your application that they may submit their letters initially via email to David Cantor ([email protected]), but that these letters must be received before the deadline, and that hard copies on institutional letterhead stationery must follow for your application to be considered.

All official transcripts must be submitted in hard copy. They should be sent to:

Stetten Fellowship Committee
Building 45, Room 3AN38, MSC 6330
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892-6330

Further Information: For further information on the program please go to the Stetten Fellowship webpage:

Staff and fellows in the History Office will be attending the History of Science Society meeting in Phoenix, AZ, on November 19-22, 2009, and will be available to discuss the fellowship program, the Office, and the application process. To contact staff and fellows, go to the staff page of the History Office website:

Contact Info:
Stetten Fellowship Committee
9000 Rockville Pike
Building 45, Room 3AN38, MSC 6330
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892-6330