Fellowship Application

IMG_9284forweApplication Requirements

Applicants should submit a proposal (no more than five pages) outlining the proposed project, its subject and objectives, length of residence, historical materials to be consulted, and a project budget with specific information on travel, lodging, and research expenses), along with a curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation. The deadline for the 2017 Fellowship will be announced in January.

Beyond conducting research, the fellow will submit a report on the results of his/her residency and will be asked to present a seminar or lecture at the Countway Library.

The Fellowship appointment will be announced in May 2017.

Application Process

The selection committee consists of Joan Ilacqua, Project Archivist, the Archives for Women in Medicine; Jack Eckert, Public Services Librarian, Center for the History of Medicine at the Countway, with whom the awardee will coordinate their research visit; and Scott Podolsky, Director of the Center for the History of Medicine and a published author in the history of medicine. The selection committee considers applications from a three-pronged perspective:

  • Compelling and unique topic;
  • Whether the archival materials and collections requested by the applicant will actually offer substantial content related to the proposed topic; and,
  • How heavily they will utilize collections created by women or those related to women’s health issues.

The selection committee also discusses at length the likelihood of future publication and continuing impact of the final work.

Submitting an Application

Electronic submissions of applications and supporting materials, as well as any questions about the application, may be directed to chm@hms.harvard.edu or the Research Desk, 671-432-2170, at the Countway Library. Hard copy applications should be mailed to:

The Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine Fellowship
Archives for Women in Medicine
Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine
10 Shattuck Street
Boston, MA 02115

For more information, you may also visit the Countway Library’s website.