Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry Fellowship Opportunities in the History of Science, Technology, Medicine, and Industry

The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF), an independent research library in Philadelphia, offers roughly 18 short- and long-term, pre- and post-doctoral fellowships annually to scholars through the Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry. The research collections at CHF, where fellows will be in residence throughout their fellowship period, range from the fifteenth century to the present. They include approximately 6,000 rare books; roughly 100,000 post-1850 printed volumes of primary scientific, technological, and industrial monographs and journals; significant archival holdings, including the historical archives of the Dow Chemical and Rohm & Haas companies; thousands of images; and a large artifact and fine arts collection. Areas of special strength include: alchemy, mining and metallurgy, dyeing and bleaching, balneology, gunpowder and pyrotechnics, gas-lighting, books of secrets, inorganic and organic chemistry, biochemistry, food chemistry, the chemical industry, and pharmaceuticals.

Research projects undertaken by CHF fellows must relate in some way to the history or social studies of chemistry (broadly construed) and related sciences, technologies, and industries. For short-term fellowships, the more a project would benefit from access to the Library and Special Collections holdings at CHF, the better the chances of obtaining a fellowship.

Application Deadline: February 15th, 2013