Lemelson Center Fellowships 2004

The Lemelson Center Fellows Program supports projects that present creative approaches to the study of invention and innovation in American society. These include, but are not limited to, historical research and documentation projects resulting in publications, exhibitions, educational initiatives, and multimedia products. The fellowship program provides access to the Smithsonian’s vast artifact and archival collections, as well as the expertise of the institution’s research staff.

The Center offers fellowships to scholars and professionals who are pre- or postdoctoral candidates or who have completed advanced professional training.

Fellowships are awarded for a maximum of ten weeks and carry a prorated stipend. Fellows are expected to reside in the Washington, D.C. area, to participate in the Center’s activities, and to make presentations on their work to colleagues at the museum.

Researchers are strongly encouraged to consult with the fellowship coordinator prior to submitting a proposal.

The Lemelson Center was established at the National Museum of American History in 1995 through a gift from Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson. Jerome Lemelson (1923-1997) earned more than 550 patents for a range of inventions relating to robotics and machine vision and to the VCR, camcorder, fax machine, and cordless telephone.

The Center’s mission is to document, interpret, and disseminate information about invention and innovation, to encourage inventive creativity in young people, and to foster an appreciation for the central role invention and innovation play in the history of the United States.

The deadline for applications is 15 January 2004. Application materials are available on the web at:


Or contact: Maggie Dennis, Fellowship Coordinator National Museum of American History Rm. 1016, MRC 604 Smithsonian Institution P.O. Box 37012 Washington, D.C. 20013-7012 Tel: 202-633-3441 Fax: 202-357-4517 E-mail: [email protected]