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John C. Slater Predoctoral Fellowship in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

These yearlong fellowships are offered to advanced Ph.D. students working on topics related to the history of science, technology, and medicine.

The APS Library & Museum seeks applicants for a one-year, residential fellowship for graduate students specializing in the history of science. The 12-month fellowship is intended for advanced Ph.D. students working toward the completion of the dissertation. The caliber of the project, and evidence that the project will be completed in a timely manner, are the two most important criteria for selection. The selection committee will also take into consideration the need to be at the APS Library & Museum and other research institutions in the Philadelphia area.

  • Applicants’ research must pertain to topics in the history of science, technology, or medicine
  • The successful applicant will be affiliated with the Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine (https://www.chstm.org/), which is hosted by the APS. The Consortium comprises 26 cultural, educational, and scientific organizations promoting public and academic understanding of the history of science, technology, and medicine.  Society fellows will be welcome to participate in Consortium activities and events alongside Consortium fellows, including topical working groups discussing works-in-progress and important publications.
  • The successful applicant will have the opportunity also to participate in programs and other affairs at the American Philosophical Society

Stipend: $25,000 for twelve months will be awarded to all successful applicants

Applicants will submit:

  • C.V.,
  • Dissertation proposal (2-4 pages, double-spaced),
  • A sample chapter from their dissertation not to exceed 25 double-spaced pages,
  • An introductory cover letter that discusses their past and current work proposed to be completed on the fellowship,
  • Three letters of reference in support of the project and applicant.

Deadline: January 29, 2021. Notifications will be sent by April 2021.

Current and Past Recipients

2021-2022

Rebecca Jackson, Indiana University Bloomington, “Measuring Well: Clinical Measuring Practices and Philosophy of Measurement”

2020-2021

Andrew Seaton, New York University, "The National Health Service and the Endurances of British Social Democracy, 1948 to the Present"

2019-2020

John C. Slater Predoctoral Fellowship in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Siva Prashant Kumar, University of Pennsylvania, “Empire of Space and Time: Data and Cosmography in British India, 1783-1924”


American Philosophical Society Pilot Program in the History of Science Fellowships

Megan McDonie, The Pennsylvania State University, “Explosive Encounters: Volcanic Landscapes, Indigenous Knowledge, and Cultural Exchange in Early Modern Mesoamerica"

Gina Surita, Princeton University, “The Currency of the Cell: Energy, Metabolism, and Life in Twentieth-Century Biochemistry"

2018-2019

Lauren Kapsalakis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “Pedagogy, Practice, and Place: Field Schools as Laboratories in American Anthropology, 1929-1975"

2017-2018

Tabea Cornel, University of Pennsylvania, “Through the Brain into the Body: Handedness Research and the Problem of Sex/Gender, ca. 1860-2015”

2016-2017

Elaine LaFay, University of Pennsylvania, “Atmospheric Bodies: Medicine, Meteorology, and the Cultivation of Place in the Antebellum Gulf South”