Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry 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 CHF. About 20 fellowships are given out annually, making the Beckman Center the largest private fellowship program in the history of science in the United States.

The Beckman Center offers a number of fellowship types:

Two-Year 80/20 Postdoctoral Fellowships

CHF is pleased to announce the launch of its new 80/20 postdoctoral fellowship program: these new fellowships reflect the Beckman Center’s commitment to providing career-launching 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 postdocs to build skills that can enhance their opportunities outside the academy or their work within it. Fellows will spend one day a week working closely with a CHF staff member from the library, museum, publications team, Center for Applied History, outreach group, Oral History Program, archives, or digital library team on developing skills in one of two areas: collections and curation, or outreach and exhibitions. The other four days each week, postdoctoral fellows will have access to CHF’s considerable resources and ample time to develop and publish their own research. 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, paid in monthly installments.

Dissertation Long-Term

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


Short-term fellowships are available to researchers whose work requires use of collections housed at CHF. Stipends are $3,000 per month. Short-term fellowships can last from 1 to 4 months.

Application date
16 Jan 2018
Post-doc: 2 years; short-term: 1-4 months
America United States Mid-Atlantic
Humanities History Social sciences Economics Environmental Sciences Pedagogic & Education Research Social Anthropology Sociology Other Chemistry Engineering
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years
Award granted
Post-doc: US$ 45.000/year; short-term: US$ 3.000/month