New York Academy of Medicine Library Fellowships

Applications are currently [as of May 1, 2017] being accepted for the 2018 cycle of The New York Academy of Medicine Library’s two history of medicine fellowships: the Paul Klemperer Fellowship in the History of Medicine and the Audrey and William H. Helfand Fellowship in the History of Medicine and Public Health.  Information about the two residential fellowships, along with application materials and instructions for applying, can be found here:

Questions about the fellowships or the application process may be directed to:

Arlene Shaner, MA MLS, Historical Collections Librarian



Ohio State University Scholar-in-Residence Program

The Medical Heritage Center at the Health Sciences Library, The Ohio State University is seeking applicants for its scholar-in-residence program for a flexible time period between September 1, 2017 and August 30, 2018.

The Medical Heritage Center was made possible by a grant from the Columbus Medical Association Foundation (CMAF) and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. These organizations saw the need to preserve and celebrate the region’s medical heritage. Since its opening in 1997, the Center has stood as a testament to a unique collaboration between the CMAF and the OSU Wexner Medical Center.

The Center’s holdings include rare books, archives and artifacts. The rare books collection contains over 20,000 volumes, representing limited edition and one-of-a kind monographs dating back to 1555. The archives include the papers and memorabilia from regional and nationally recognized luminaries as well as local health sciences organizations. The artifacts represent health sciences equipment used as early as the 1800s. The scholar will also have access to the rich holdings of The Ohio State University and regional libraries. More information about the Center and its collections can be found at:

Suitable potential scholars can come from a variety of backgrounds (i.e. students, clinician historians, PhD historians) and each application will be reviewed based upon the quality of the application and proposed use of historical collections. Preference will be given to scholars whose research is directed toward local or regional medical historic issues. Use of the in-house archival and rare book collections is suggested but not limited to the collections of the Medical Heritage Center. The intent to publish in nationally-known presses and peer-reviewed journals is highly essential. Scholars will be expected to provide a mid-point and final report discussing the progress and result of the residency project. At least one presentation and publication is expected from a successful scholar residency.

The scholar-in-residence program provides a stipend up to $2,500 to support the activities of the scholar. This funding is provided by the Columbus Medical Association Foundation endowment for the Medical Heritage Center and can cover but is not limited to equipment, travel, support staff, publication costs. Scholars also receive office space, basic office equipment, and extensive access to the collections of the Medical Heritage Center.  All funds must be spent in the year awarded.

An application package should be submitted for consideration by June 30, 2017, and a successful applicant will be decided upon by the Medical Heritage Center advisory committee by August 1, 2017. The application package should include 1.) a cover letter stating the scholar’s intended area of research and publication and how the research fits into the goals of the scholar-in-residence program. Please note use of MHC collections where applicable. 2.) CV; 3.) proposed budget and timeline; and 4.) at least two (2) recommendation letters. The packet should be sent to: Judith Wiener, Head Curator, Medical Heritage Center, 376 West 10th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210 or emailed to


Finding Finding Aids for Historical Research

The History of Medicine Finding Aids Consortium has created in online index to help researchers find archival collections:

It indexes aids for material at NLM and many other archival collections, and can be searched by topic or name.


W. Bruce Fye Medical History Research Travel Grant:  Mayo Clinic

The W. Bruce Fye Center for the History of Medicine is pleased to announce its first annual W. Bruce Fye Medical History Research Travel Grant.  The grant is available to physicians, historians, medical students, graduate students, faculty members, and independent scholars who wish to use archival and library resources at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The grant (up to $1,500 in one calendar year) may be used for transportation, lodging, food, and incidental expenses relating to the research project. It is available to residents of the United States and Canada who live more than 75 miles from Rochester.

The W. Bruce Fye Center for the History of Medicine houses archival collections that contain official records of the Clinic and its administrative offices, official and unofficial publications, departmental annual reports, committee minutes, photographic and moving images, sound recordings, personal papers, and memorabilia relating to the Mayo Clinic, its mission, programs, and people. To search our archival holdings, please visit our online catalog (MAX).

The W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine Library is a specialized library housing important collections in the history of medicine and allied sciences. Several thousand volumes of rare medical classics (from 1479) and early journal literature (from 1665) comprise the core collection of primary literature on all aspects of medicine and allied fields.  More recently published histories, biographies, facsimiles, and other support materials comprise the remainder of the collection of some 23,000 total volumes.  Special strengths include anesthesiology, cardiology, dermatology, immunology, ophthalmology and neurology.  The library also has a large collection of Mayo physician bound reprints.


Applicants should send by e-mail as attachments the items listed below to Renee Ziemer:

•Abstract of your project (250 words) stating the general scope and purpose

•How historical resources at Mayo Clinic will further your research

•Abbreviated curriculum vitae (3 pages or less)

•One letter of reference that includes comments on your project


Timeline for 2017 grant:

Application deadline (all materials): April 28, 2017

Successful applicant(s) will be notified by May 31, 2017

Visit(s) to Rochester must be completed by December 15, 2017


Contact information:

Renee Ziemer, coordinator

W. Bruce Fye Center for the History of Medicine & Mayo Historical Suite

Mayo Clinic

200 First Street SW

Rochester, MN 55905

Telephone: (507) 284-2585



Ferenc Gyorgyey Research Travel Grant:  Yale University Medical Historical Library


The Medical Historical Library of the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library at Yale University is pleased to announce its tenth annual Ferenc Gyorgyey Research Travel Award for use of the Historical Library:

The Medical Historical Library, located in New Haven, Connecticut, holds one of the country’s largest collections of rare medical books, journals, prints, photographs, and pamphlets. Special strengths are the works of Hippocrates, Galen, Vesalius, Boyle, Harvey, Culpeper, Priestley, and S. Weir Mitchell, and works on anatomy, anesthesia, and smallpox inoculation and vaccination. The Library owns over fifty medieval and renaissance manuscripts, Arabic and Persian manuscripts, and over 300 medical incunabula.  The notable Clements C. Fry Collection of Prints and Drawings has over 2,500 fine prints, drawings, and posters from the 15th century to the present on medical subjects.  The library also holds a great collection of tobacco advertisements, patent medicine ephemera, and a large archive of materials from Harvey Cushing, one of the founding fathers of neurosurgery.

The 2017-2018 travel grant is available to historians, medical practitioners, and other researchers who wish to use the collections of the Medical Historical Library:  There is a single award of up to $1,500 for one week of research during the academic fiscal year July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018.  Funds may be used for transportation, housing, food, and photographic reproductions. The award is limited to residents of the United States and Canada. Applicants will need to apply through our fellowship site:, and upload a curriculum vitae and project description, including the relevance of the Medical Historical Library collections to the project, as well as provide two references attesting to the particular project. Preference will be given to applicants beyond commuting distance to the Medical Historical Library.  This award is for use of Medical Historical special collections and is not intended for primary use of special collections in other libraries at Yale.  Applications are due by Monday, MAY 1st, 2017.  They will be considered by a committee and the candidates will be informed by June 2nd, 2017.  Winners may be asked to do a blog post discussing their research.

The application period is now open!  Please apply online at:

Requests for further information should be sent to:

Melissa Grafe, Ph.D
Head of the Medical Historical Library and John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History
Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library
Yale University
P.O. Box 208014
New Haven, CT 06520-8014
Telephone: 203- 785-4354
Fax: 203-785-5636

Additional information about the Library and its collections may be found at:



Bernard Becker Medical Library:  Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis

The Bernard Becker Medical Library at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is fortunate to have robust collections in archives and rare books that document the history of medicine from the late 15th century up to the present. Subjects in which the library’s holdings are particularly strong include ophthalmology and optics, neurology, deaf education, and the history of dentistry. In order to encourage researchers living more than 100 miles from St. Louis to use these collections, Becker Library will offer grants up to $1,000 to help defray the costs of travel, lodging, food and photo reproductions. Covered expenses will be reimbursed at the conclusion of the visit.

Eligible applicants are students enrolled in graduate degree programs (master’s and above), faculty and independent scholars. Applications will be reviewed by Becker Library’s rare book librarian and archivists. Preference will be given to applicants whose projects overlap with the library’s subject strengths. Successful applicants will be notified by May 1, 2017 and will have up to six months to use their award and must submit a brief report upon the completion of their visit.

To apply, please send the following to Rose Kettler at by April 1, 2017 (include “travel grant application” in the email’s subject line):

·         A personal statement describing how the library collections will be beneficial to the applicant’s research (no more than one page)

·         Current curriculum vitae

·         Letter of recommendation from an academic advisor if the applicant is a student

·         Applicant’s name, address, phone number and email address

Additional information about Becker Library’s archival and rare book holdings can be found at


The Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine Research Fellowship:  Francis Countway Library of Medicine, Boston

Deadline May 15, 2017

The Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine is pleased to provide one $5,000 grant to support travel, lodging, and incidental expenses for a flexible research period between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. Foundation Fellowships are offered for research related to the history of women to be conducted at the Center for the History of Medicine at the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine. Preference will be given to:

-projects that engage specifically with the history of women physicians, other health workers or medical scientists; however, proposals on the history of women’s health issues will also be considered

-those who are using collections from the Center’s Archives for Women in Medicine, but research on the topic of women in medicine using other material from the Countway Library will be considered

-applicants who live beyond commuting distance of the Countway; however, all are encouraged to apply, including graduate students

In return, the Foundation requests a one page report on the Fellow’s research experience; a copy of the final product (with the ability to post excerpts from the paper/project); and a photo and bio of the Fellow for web and newsletter announcements. The Fellow will also be asked to present a lecture at the Countway Library.

Application Requirements

Applicants should submit a proposal (no more than five pages) outlining the subject and objectives of the research project, length of residence, historical materials to be used, and a project budget (including travel, lodging, and research expenses), along with a curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendations by May 15, 2017. The fellowship proposal should demonstrate that the Countway Library has resources central to the research topic.

Applications should be sent 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. Electronic submissions of applications and supporting materials and any questions may be directed to or (617) 432-2170.

For more information, please visit:

Joan Ilacqua
Project Archivist for the Archives for Women in Medicine
Center for the History of Medicine, Countway Library
10 Shattuck Street
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 432-7393




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