Chemical Heritage Foundation Long and Short Term Fellowships, 2011-2012 - Philadelphia (USA) - Deadline: Feb. 15, 2011

The Chemical Heritage Foundation, an independent research center and library in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, would like to encourage applications for long-term and short-term fellowships in residence at CHF for the academic year 20011-12. These fellowships are for scholars working in some area of the history of science, technology, medicine, or industry in all periods 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.

Philadelphia is a particularly dynamic and fruitful area in which to be working in the History of Science. The Philadelphia Area Center for the History of Science brings together 12 institutions and a host of faculty members scattered throughout the immediate vicinity. CHF alone brings in approximately 18 fellows per year and has 8 PhDs in History of Science and related disciplines on staff.

The deadline for applications, which are to be completed online, is February 15, 2011. Fellows will be selected by a peer review selection committee.

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. Short term fellows are encouraged to show relevance of the CHF library collections to their research. Recipients of all fellowships are expected to participate in and make a contribution to CHF’s intellectual life.

There are 3 basic types of fellowships being offered: Postdoctoral, Dissertation, and Short-Term.

Postdoctoral Fellowships
Open to PhD scholars (degree must be in hand by July 2011)
Tenure of fellowship: 9 months
Amount of award: $43,000 (+$2,000 research & travel allowance)

Dissertation Fellowships
Open to graduate students at the dissertation stage
Tenure of fellowship: 9 months
Amount of award: $25,000 (+$1,000 research and travel allowance)

Short-Term Fellowships
Open to graduate students and postgraduate scholars
Tenure of fellowship: 2–4 months
Amount of award: $3,000 per month

We are also currently offering two additional special fellowships: Société de Chimie Industrielle (American Section) Fellowship (3 months in residence) and Ullyot Scholarship (2 months in residence). These fellowships are designed to stimulate public understanding of the importance of chemistry and 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 (Société) or $6,000 (Ullyot).

Only online applications will be accepted. All applications must include:
(1) A cover letter.
(2) A research proposal of no more than 1,500 words.
(3) A C.V. of no more than four pages in length.
(4) Contact information for two references.

For further information visit, e-mail:, or write to Fellowships Coordinator, Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA, 19106.
Carin Berkowitz
315 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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