The Chemical Heritage Foundation- Fellowships

The Chemical Heritage Foundation, an independent historical research center, library, and museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, 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 2010-11. These fellowships are for scholars working in some area of the history and social studies of alchemical, chymical, chemical, and related sciences, technologies, crafts, or industries in all chronological and geographical areas. To get a better sense of the kinds of research we 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:

We 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. We currently have 9 PhD’s on staff and we 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 we gave out 4 long-term postdoctoral, 3 long-term dissertation, and 9 short-term fellowships.

The deadline for applications is 15 February 2010. We have a purely online application procedure <> . 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 (cover letter, CV, and proposal), and contact information for two references. Fellows will be selected by an external peer review selection committee and awardees should be notified in April 2010.

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 Philadelphia Area Center for the History of Science <> .

To be eligible for all but the special Société and Ullyot fellowships, 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. Long-Term Postdoctoral Fellowships. Tenure of fellowship: 9 months. Amount of award: $43,000. Eligibility: PhD in hand by July 2010 .

2. Long-Term Dissertation Fellowships. Tenure of fellowship: 9 months. Amount of award: $25,000. Eligibility: Graduate students at the dissertation stage.

3. Short-Term Fellowships. Tenure of fellowship: 1-6 months. Amount of award: $3,000 per month. Eligibility: PhD scholars and graduate students.

We are also currently offering two additional special fellowships:

(1) Société de Chimie Industrielle (American Section) Fellowship (3 months in residence). The 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.

(2) Glenn E. and Barbara Hodsdon Ullyot Scholarship (2 months in residence). The Ullyot Scholarship aims to advance the public understanding of the importance of chemistry and related sciences to the public welfare by supporting graduate or postdoctoral research into the history of chemistry and related sciences. Applications are encouraged for educational media and Web-based projects as well as popular book and magazine publications. Applicants must specify how the outcome of their proposed projects will reach a broad audience. Amount of award: $6,000.

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 electronic letters directly to CHF by the deadline.

For further information visit, <> , e-mail: [email protected], or write to Fellowships Coordinator, Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19106, USA.