University of Wisconsin–Madison

Funding for History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

The external funding opportunities listed here are of particular interest to students studying the history of science, medicine, or technology.

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships Program

    Our students have been very successful in winning these fellowships, which provide three years of very generous support. The application deadline for this program is typically in early November. Students must apply early in their graduate careers, either in their first or third semesters. All eligible graduate students are encouraged to consult with their advisors about applying to the GRFP. National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships Program

  • Bakken Fellowships and Grants (History of Science and Technology)

    The Bakken, located in Minneapolis, is a center for education and learning that furthers the understanding of the history, cultural context, and applications of electricity and magnetism in the life sciences and their benefits to contemporary society. Artists and scholars are invited to apply for fellowships and grants, which the Bakken offers to encourage research in its collection of books, journals, manuscripts, prints, and instruments. The awards are to be used to help defray the expenses of travel, subsistence, and other direct costs of conducting research at the Bakken. Research Travel Grants are awarded up to a maximum of $500 (domestic) and $750 (foreign); the minimum period of residence is one week. Visiting Research Fellowships are awarded up to a maximum of $1,500; the minimum period of residence is two weeks. Preference is given to researchers who are interested in collaborating for a day or two during their research visit with the Bakken on exhibits or other programs. Visit the Bakken Fellowships and Grants webpage for more information.

  • The Chemical Heritage Foundation (History of Science, Chemistry especially)

    Through the Beckman Center, CHF offers long-term fellowships for periods of up to 9 months to support scholars in residence for the 2008-2009 academic year. To be eligible applicants must either have a Ph.D. (or equivalent) or be a doctoral candidate at the dissertation stage. Research projects must be in an area of the chemical and molecular sciences, technologies, and industries, broadly construed in terms of subject and time period. Named fellowships within this group include the following: Robert W. Allington Fellowship, for general research in the history of chemical & molecular sciences, technologies, and industries ($43,000); Gordon Cain Fellowship in Technology, Policy, and Entrepreneurship, for historical research on the development of the chemical industries ($43,000); Sydney M. Edelstein Fellowship, for general research in the history of chemical & molecular sciences, technologies, and industries ($43,000); Robert W. Gore Fellowship in Materials Innovation, open to advanced Ph.D. candidates who possess the skills to conduct historical case studies of materials innovations of the past thirty years and to communicate findings to academic, policy, and industrial audiences ($35,000 plus small research allowance); John C. Haas Fellowships, for research that will enhance public understanding of the chemical industries in relation to environmental, societal, health, and safety issues ($43,000,two fellowships offered); Charles C. Price Fellowship in Polymer History, for research on the history of the chemical sciences and technologies ($20,000). Short term fellowships and travel grants are also available for similar research topics.

    There is no specific application form to apply for CHF fellowships. Also please note that, unlike past procedures, you do not have to apply for a specific fellowship (apart from the Gore, Société, and Ullyot fellowships) but simply for a long-term or short-term fellowship. The deadline is usually in February. Visit the Chemical Heritage Foundation webpage for more information on any of the awards.

  • The Francis A. Countway Library Fellowship in the History of Medicine

    Since 2003, the Center for the History of Medicine has offered research fellowships of up to $5000.  The Boston Medical Library in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine sponsors these annual fellowships to support research in the history of medicine.

    Since 2008, the Archives for Women in Medicine in the Center for the History of Medicine has partnered with the Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine to offer an annual research fellowship in support of scholarship on topics related to the role of women in medicine and the biomedical sciences.

    The Center for the History of Medicine has also been a participating member of the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium since 2001.

    The Francis A. Countway Library Fellowship in the History of Medicine

  • The Herb Society of America Research Grant

    The Herb Society of America offers grants & scholarships to support herb education through; elementary school education (in the form of a living herb garden); consumer goods research & development; college students pursuing higher education; and a variety of regional unit scholarships.  The Herb Society of America Research Grant

  • Henry Belin du Pont Dissertation Fellowships (History of Technology)

    The Hagley Museum and Library’s Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society offers this fellowship for graduate students who have completed all course work for the doctoral degree and are conducting research on their dissertation. It invites applications from Ph.D. candidates whose research on important historical questions would benefit from use of Hagley’s research collections. Applications should demonstrate superior intellectual quality, present a persuasive methodology for the project, and show that there are significant research materials at Hagley pertinent to the dissertation.

    This is a residential fellowship with a term of four months. The fellowship provides $6,000, free housing on Hagley’s grounds in Wilmington, DE, use of a computer, mail and internet access, and an office. Recipients are expected to have no other obligations during the term of the fellowship, to maintain continuous residence for the duration of the fellowship, and to participate in events organized by Hagley’s Center of the History of Business, Technology, and Society. At the end of residency the recipient will make a presentation based on research conducted during the fellowship. Hagley will also receive a copy of the dissertation, as well as any publications aided by the fellowship. Visit the Henry Belin du Pont Dissertation Fellowships webpage for more information.

  • Huntington Library Dibner History of Science Program Short-Term Awards (Any Stage)

    Scholars come from around the world every year to conduct advanced humanities research using The Huntington’s collections. Through a rigorous peer-review program, the institution awards approximately 200 fellowships to scholars in the fields of history, literature, art, and the history of science. These scholarly pursuits lead to best-selling books, Pulitzer Prizes, acclaimed documentary films, and many of the history and social studies textbooks that educate the nation’s school children. The Huntington’s independent research library has significant holdings in British and American history; British and American literature; art history, the history of science and medicine; and the history of the book. The collections range chronologically from the eleventh century to the present and include 7 million manuscripts, 450,000 rare books, 440,000 reference works, and 1.3 million photographs, prints, and ephemera. A remarkable collection in the history of science and technology consists of some 67,000 rare books and reference volumes, as well as an important collection of scientific instruments. The Art Collections contain several notable British and American paintings; innumerable fine prints and photographs; and an art reference library. In the library of the Botanical Gardens is a broad collection of reference works in botany, horticulture, and gardening. Huntington Library Dibner History of Science Program Short-Term Awards (Any Stage)

  • The IEEE Fellowship in the History of Electrical and Computing Technology

    The IEEE Fellowship in the History of Electrical and Computing Technology supports one year of full-time graduate work or one year of post-doctoral research for a scholar in this field who has received his or her Ph.D. within the past four years in the history of IEEE’s designated fields. These are defined per IEEE Bylaw I-104.11 as: Engineering, Computer Sciences and Information Technology, Physical Sciences, Biological and Medical Sciences, Mathematics, Technical Communications, Education, Management, and Law and Policy. This work should be carried out at a college or university of recognized standing. The stipend is US$17,000, with a research budget of up to US$3,000. The IEEE Fellowship in the History of Electrical and Computing Technology is funded by the IEEE Life Members’ Committee and supports historical research in any area covered by an IEEE Society. IEEE has 39 separate Societies and seven technical Councils covering a broad range of electrical and computing engineering.  The IEEE Fellowship in the History of Electrical and Computing Technology

  • The Lemelson Center Fellows Program

    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 to 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 required to consult with the Fellowship Coordinator prior to submitting a proposal. Visit the Lemelson Center Fellows Program webpage for more information.

  • NASA Fellowship in Aerospace History

    The American Historical Association will annually fund at least one Fellow, for one academic year, to undertake a research project related to aerospace history. It will provide a Fellow with an opportunity to engage in significant and sustained advanced research in all aspects of the history of aerospace from the earliest human interest in flight to the present, including cultural and intellectual history, economic history, history of law and public policy, and the history of science, engineering, and management. Applicants must possess a doctorate degree in history or in a closely related field, or be enrolled as a student (having completed all coursework) in a doctoral degree-granting program. The Fellowship term is for a period of at least six months, but not more than one year. The Fellow will be expected to devote the term entirely to the proposed research project. The Fellow will have (and be encouraged to take advantage of) the opportunity to use the documentary resources of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and may also spend the Fellowship in residence at the NASA headquarters or one of the NASA centers. The stipend is $20,000 for a 6–9 month fellowship. This amount is adjustable to the length of the fellowship term. Funds may not be used to support tuition or fees. A Fellow may not hold other major fellowships or grants during the fellowship term, except sabbatical and supplemental grants from their own institutions, and small grants from other sources for specific research expenses. Sources of anticipated support must be listed in the application form. Last year, applications and letters of recommendation had to have been postmarked by March 1st. Visit the NASA Fellowship in Aerospace History webpage for more information.