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2014 UCLA Library Special Collections Short-Term Research Fellowships
The UCLA Library Special Collections Short-Term Library Research Fellowship Program supports the use of special collections materials by visiting scholars and UCLA graduate students. Collections that are administered by UCLA Library Special Collections and available for fellowship-supported research include materials in the humanities and social sciences, medicine, life and physical sciences, visual and performing arts, and UCLA history.
James and Sylvia Thayer Short-Term Research Fellowships
Thayer fellowships provide support for research in any discipline. Awards are funded by an endowment established by longtime UCLA benefactors James and Sylvia Thayer. Stipends range from $500 to $2,500, though awards vary yearly. Grants in 2012 averaged $998; in 2013, $1,710.
Barbara Rootenberg Library Research Fellowship in the History of Medicine and the Life Sciences
Rootenberg fellowships will be awarded in the amount of $1,000. The primary goal of the fellowship is to help to promote the use of materials related to the history of medicine and life sciences in UCLA Library Special Collections. The award is named for Barbara Rootenberg, an alumna of the UCLA School of Library Service and an internationally-renowned antiquarian bookseller.
Charles Donald O’Malley Short-Term Research Fellowships for Research in the History of Medicine and Allied Fields
O’Malley fellowships will be awarded in stipends up to $1,500. Researchers are to conduct work primarily in collections of History and Special Collections for the Sciences, the Library Special Collections unit located in the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library; other UCLA Library Special Collections also may be used. These awards, which honor the memory of Charles D. O’Malley, a Vesalian scholar and the first full-time chair of the Department of Medical History at UCLA, are funded by the Department of Neurobiology in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
Hugo Davise Short-Term Research Fellowships in Contemporary Music
Davise fellowships support research in UCLA Library collections in the areas of modern and contemporary concert music and film music. Funded by the UCLA Music Library’s Hugo and Christine Davise Endowment, they offer amounts ranging from $500 to $2000.
Ahmanson Research Fellowships for the Study of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Books
Ahmanson fellowships of $2,500 per month for up to three months support the use of medieval and Renaissance monographic and manuscript holdings in the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection of the Aldine Press, Ahmanson-Murphy Collection of Early Italian Printing, Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana, Orsini Family Papers, Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts Collection, Richard and Mary Rouse Collection of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Early Printed Books, and Medieval and Renaissance Arabic and Persian Medical Manuscripts. They are administered by the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and require a separate application; application information is available on the center’s website.
Fellowships: United States citizens and permanent residents with the legal right to work in the U.S. who are engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, or independent research are eligible to apply. Research residencies can last up to three months between February 15 and December 12, 2014.
Ahmanson Fellowships: United States and international graduate students or scholars holding a PhD (or the foreign equivalent) who are engaged in graduate-level, postdoctoral, or independent research are invited to apply. Research residencies can last up to three months between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015.
Researchers can submit a single application in order to be considered for any or all of the Thayer, Rootenberg, O’Malley, and Davise fellowships.
Applications must be received on or before December 9, 2013, and must include:
• Cover letter
• Curriculum vitae
• Outline of research topic and special collections to be used (two pages maximum)
• Brief budget for travel, living, and research expenses
• Dates to be spent in residence
• Two letters of recommendation from faculty or other scholars familiar with the research project. Please note that the committee cannot consider letters of recommendation from librarians or staff of the UCLA Library.
Application materials, including letters of recommendation, can be submitted in PDF format by email to <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Letters of recommendation in PDF format also can be sent by email, either by the person writing them or by the applicant.
Review Process and Notification
A committee will evaluate the research proposals, and applicants will be notified of its decision by email on or before January 15, 2014.
Fellows may be asked to speak briefly about their recent or ongoing research at an informal brownbag session with local scholars during their visit.
Submit print format applications, or direct questions about fellowships, to:
Short-Term Research Fellowships Program
UCLA Library Special Collections
A1713 Charles E. Young Research Library
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Call for Applications: Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry 2014–2015 Fellowships in the History of Science, Technology, Medicine, & Industry
The Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry at the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF), an independent research library in Philadelphia, invites applications for fellowships.
Short-term fellows are particularly meant to use the collections, while long-term fellows' work must help to support the mission of the institution and fit with collections more generally. The research collections at CHF range chronologically from the fifteenth century to the present and include 6,000 rare books, significant archival holdings,
thousands of images, and a large artifact and fine arts collection, supported by over 100,000 reference volumes 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.
We support roughly 20 fellows each year, creating a vibrant community of scholars whose work is in some way tied to the history of materials and materiality, chemistry, and all related sciences. Applications come from people in a wide range of disciplines across the humanities and social sciences.
Postdoctoral Fellowships (we encourage scholars with PhDs at all career levels to consider applying, including those looking for a place of residence during a sabbatical leave)
9 Months in Residence
open to PhD scholars • $45,000
9 Months in Residence; open to graduate students at the dissertation stage
1–4 Months in Residence; open to all scholars and researchers • $3,000 per
Application Deadline: February 15, 2014
For further information visit:
D. Kim Foundation for the History of Science and Technology in East Asia Fellowships & Grants 2013-2014
The Foundation provides fellowships and grants to support graduate students and young scholars who are working in the history of science and technology in East Asia from the beginning of the 20th century, regardless of their nationality, origins, or gender. Comparative studies of East Asia and the West as well as studies in related fields (mathematics, medicine and public health) are also welcome. English is the official language of the Foundation. All application materials (including sample chapters, papers or essays) should be written in English. All publications, workshops, and meetings that the Foundation supports use English only.
The deadline for the receipt of fellowship applications is December 15, 2013. Successful recipients will be notified by e-mail in late-January. The fellowship term is September 1 through August 31, but can be adjusted with permission from the foundation. If a recipient receives another fellowship or grant, he/she must report it to the foundation. The foundation may adjust the amount of the fellowship award accordingly.
Post-doctoral Fellowship: One fellowship (up to $55,000) will be awarded annually to a distinguished young scholar who has received his/her doctoral degree within the previous 5 years. Applicants should include an invitation letter from their host institution; the host institution cannot be changed without permission from the foundation.
Dissertation Fellowship: One or two fellowships (up to $25,000 each) will be awarded annually to Ph.D candidates who are writing their dissertations. Applicants should include at least two draft chapters with their application.
The deadline for the receipt of applications is December 15, 2013. Grant recipients will be notified by e-mail in late-January. If a recipient receives another fellowship or grant, he/she must report it to the foundation.
Traveling/Research Grant: Several grants (up to $2,500 each) will be awarded annually to scholars who are traveling either to present papers at international conferences, workshops or annual meetings, or for short-term research projects (less than a month). Those applicants who do not reside in the United States, please contact the foundation to check for eligibility.
Group Grants: Several grants (up to $5000 each) will be available to groups that organize workshops or international meetings. These meetings should be conducted in English.
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Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry Partington Prize
The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry has established the Partington Prize in memory of Professor James Riddick Partington, the Society’s first Chairman. It is awarded every three years for an original and unpublished essay on any aspect of the history of alchemy or chemistry. The prize consists of five hundred pounds (£500). The competition is open to anyone with a scholarly interest in the history of alchemy or chemistry who, by the closing date of 31 December 2013, has not reached 35 years of age, or if older has been awarded a doctoral thesis in the history of science within the previous three years. Scholars from any country may enter the competition, but entries must be submitted in English and must not have been previously submitted to another journal. The prize-winning essay will be published in the Society’s journal, Ambix.
Entries should be submitted electronically as e-mail attachments. We prefer files to be Microsoft Word documents (Word 93–2013 or higher), although these may be accompanied by a PDF version if desired. Essays must be fully documented using the conventions used in the current issue of Ambix. Essays must not exceed 10,000 words in length, including references and footnotes. All entries must be submitted with a word count.
All entries should be sent to The Hon Secretary, Dr Anna Marie Roos, at firstname.lastname@example.org, with the words “Partington Prize” in the subject heading. Two documents should be submitted: the first, a separate title page giving the author’s name, institution, postal address, e-mail address and date of birth (and, if relevant, the date of the award of the Ph.D.). The second should be the essay. The author’s name and contact details must not appear on the pages of the essay as the identity of the author will not be made available to the judges. Essays (no more than one from each competitor) must be received no later than midnight GMT on 31 December 2013.
The decision of the judges appointed by the Council will be final. The Society reserves the right to divide the prize between two or more entries of equal merit, or not to award a prize should no essay be deemed of suitable standard. The name of the winner will be announced by 30 April 2014.