Call for Applications: Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry Postdoctoral Fellowship

January 2, 2019


Applicants for postdoctoral fellowships must have their PhD in hand before the July prior to the start of the fellowship and must have earned that degree within the last five years. 


Postdoctoral fellowship stipends are $45,000 per year, paid in monthly installments.


The Beckman Center at the Science History Institute offers fellowships on an annual cycle for scholars doing research in the history and social studies of chemistry and related sciences, technologies, and industries.

The Institute is pleased to announce its 80/20 postdoctoral fellowship, launched in the 2018–2019 academic year. These new fellowships reflect the Beckman Center’s commitment to providing career-building fellowships for recent PhDs and its support for the career diversity initiatives of the American Historical Association and affiliated scholarly societies. The 80/20 postdoctoral fellowship program will allow the Beckman Center’s postdoctoral fellows to build skills that enhance their opportunities outside the academy or their work within it. Fellows will spend one day a week (20% of their time) working closely with an Institute staff member from the library, museum publications, Center for Applied History, Center for Oral History, archives, or digital collections team on developing skills in one of two areas: collections and curation, or outreach and exhibitions. The other four days each week (80% of their time), postdoctoral fellows will have access to the Institute’s considerable resources and ample time to develop and publish their own research.


To apply for a Beckman Center fellowship, fill out the online application.

Also, please submit:

  • a research proposal of less than 1,500 words
  • a curriculum vitae of three pages or less
  • contact information for two people submitting reference letters on your behalf
  • answers to the following two questions, which will be included on your application form (250 words or less for each):
    • What sorts of skills are you interested in developing during your fellowship? Why?
    • What kinds of work, service, and organizational experience do you have (inside or outside an academic setting) that don’t show up on your CV?
  • a piece of work written for a broad or public audience (optional)