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

This yearlong fellowship is offered to advanced Ph.D. students working on topics related to the history of science, technology, and medicine.

The APS's 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's Library & Museum and other research institutions in the Philadelphia area. Applicants’ research must pertain to topics in the history of science, technology, or medicine


This fellowship is open to those who are not U.S. citizens or residents, but it does not provide visa sponsorship.


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

Application Instructions:

All application materials will be submitted online via Interfolio ( 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: February 3, 2023 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

Current and Past Recipients


Patrick Walsh, University of Wisconsin-Madison, "Glands on the Market: Doctors, Drug Companies, and the Making of American Endocrinology, 1889-1922"


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


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


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"


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


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


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