History of Science Fellowships


The Beckman Center offers fellowships on an annual cycle for scholars doing research in the history and social studies of chemistry and related sciences, technologies, and industries. Fellows are expected to participate in biweekly informal writing groups and give at least one lunchtime lecture. They also have the opportunity to take part in a variety of outreach activities while in residence at the Institute. About 20 fellowships are given out annually, making the Beckman Center the largest private fellowship program in the history of science in the U0S.

Applicants for dissertation fellowships must be graduate students whose PhD dissertation proposals have been accepted by their respective university departments. Fellows are in residence at the Institute for the entire academic year (September through May). Dissertation fellowship stipends are $26,000, paid in monthly installments.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Have their doctoral dissertation proposals accepted by their university department for the dissertation fellowship.
  • Be on track to defend the dissertation by the end of July or have earned a doctoral degree within the last seven years for the postdoctoral research fellowship.
  • Be a scholar or other researcher, irrespective of career stage or educational credentials, who plans to work closely with the Institute’s collections on an independent research project for the short-term fellowship.

How to Apply

Selection Process

After the deadline has passed, all complete applications will be assessed by a committee from outside the Science History Institute; all applicants will be notified of the outcome of the review by the end of the spring.

Additional Resources

Questions about the fellowships program should be directed to fellowships@sciencehistory.org.