Arthur Molella Distinguished Fellowship on the History of Science and Innovation

The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation is pleased to announce the creation of the Arthur Molella Distinguished Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History (NMAH). We seek to appoint an experienced author or senior scholar from the history of technology, science and technology studies, business history, museum studies, STEAM education, or an allied field.

The specific arrangement is flexible: the Molella Distinguished Fellow may use the funds as a sabbatical supplement; for several short-duration visits; for a single residency focused on research and writing; or for a series of lectures leading to a major publication. We invite the Molella Distinguished Fellow to participate in the intellectual life and programmatic activities of the museum; to take advantage of the expertise of the museum’s research staff; and to consult the Institution’s vast invention and technology collections.

The Lemelson Center will assist in arranging a visa for non-US citizens, provide a workspace, and facilitate startup procedures at the Smithsonian.

The Lemelson Center invites applications covering a broad spectrum of research topics in the history of technology, invention, and innovation. However, strong preference in the selection of the Arthur Molella Distinguished Fellow will be given to projects whose topics align with one (or more) of the Lemelson Center’s strategic research and programmatic areas, including:

  • the role of place in invention and innovation;
  • the making and training of inventors and innovators;
  • innovation in sports;
  • the role of risk and failure in invention and innovation; or
  • projects that illuminate inventors from diverse backgrounds or any inventions and technologies associated with groups (e.g. women, minorities, disabled, LGBT, etc.) that are traditionally under-represented in the historical record.

Residency

Funds may be used flexibly to support travel for several short-term visits, living expenses for longer residences up to six months, and related research expenses. Dates are flexible. Fellows may begin their residencies on/after 1 June 2016 through 31 May 2017.

Application date
1 Dec 2016
Duration
Up to 6 months
Country
America United States Mid-Atlantic
Discipline
Humanities History History & Philosophy of Science
Required post-doc experience: 
between 10 and 99 years
Award granted
US$ 35.000
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