American Philosophical Society, Library & Museum
Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Women in Science Special Projects Fellowship
|Location:||Pennsylvania, United States|
The American Philosophical Society’s Library & Museum (APS) invites applications for a one year Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Women in Science Special Projects Fellowship. The APS seeks applications from recent humanities Ph.D.s interested in exploring career paths in libraries, museums, and cultural heritage institutions. The Fellowship, based in the APS’s Library & Museum, will play a leading role in a special oral histories project focused on APS Members.
Primary responsibilities will include:
- Conducting research in the history of the APS’s membership, especially as it pertains to the upcoming exhibition on women in science;
- Corresponding with APS Members about the history of science, especially in the late-20th and 21st centuries;
- Helping organize and conduct oral history interviews;
The Fellow will be fully integrated into the APS’s Library & Museum staff and 20 percent of the Fellow’s time will be reserved for their own independent research, ideally using resources at the APS or kindred regional institutions. The Fellow will also be expected to participate in the vibrant intellectual community at the Society, including biannual symposia for the elected Members of the APS, monthly lunches at the Library with visiting scholars, daytime workshops and programming with other residential fellows, and evening programs with specialists in a wide range of fields.
This is a one-year Fellowship that begins by September 15, 2022 and ends one year after the start date, 2023. Compensation is $50,000 plus benefits. The Fellowship may not be held concurrently with any other fellowship or grant.
About the APS
The American Philosophical Society (APS), the oldest learned society in the United States, was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the purposes of “promoting useful knowledge.” In the 21st century, it serves to advance knowledge and promote scholarship in the humanities and social, mathematical, life, and physical sciences. Members of the Society are elected from among the most eminent scholars and civic and cultural leaders in North America and abroad. More than 100 living APS Members are Nobel laureates.
The Library & Museum’s collections make it among the premier institutions for documenting and exhibiting the history of the American Revolution and founding, the history of science from Newton to NASA, Native American languages and culture, and the development of American anthropology. The Library houses over 14 million manuscripts, 350,000 volumes and bound periodicals, 250,000 images, fine art, and other objects. Museum exhibitions interpret these extensive collections for the regional, national, and international visitors who come to Philadelphia’s historic district. In so doing, the exhibitions aim to nurture the spirit of inquiry, promote critical thinking, and engender enthusiasm for object-based learning by using primary source documents and authentic objects. The Library & Museum also hosts a robust fellowship program, offering over 25 short-term and 10 long-term fellowships each year to scholars using its collections.
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- Ph.D. in any humanities discipline, awarded within the past five years. The Library & Museum’s approach is interdisciplinary, and applications from qualified researchers in any humanities discipline are welcome. Applicants must have Ph.D. in hand by the start of their employment.
- Excellent analytical and writing skills.
- Desire to work collaboratively.
- Broad interests, along with the intellectual and conceptual tools necessary for working across disciplines and time periods, and for making creative connections.
- Flexibility and the capacity to learn quickly.
- Project-oriented organizational skills.
- Strong interest in exploring a career in the museum field and/or public history.
- Knowledge of oral history best practices preferred.
APS requires all its staff, fellows, interns, and volunteers to be fully vaccinated (initial shot(s) and booster) against COVID-19.
Please complete an application on Interfolio (https://apply.interfolio.com/110888) with the following materials:
- Cover letter stating interest in exploring public history, especially as it pertains to the broad outlines of this project;
- Statement of current research interests (no more than 1,100 words).
- Excerpt(s) from dissertation (no more than 5,000 words) or other scholarly writing. An excerpt from a draft in progress is acceptable;
- Example of non-scholarly writing or other public or digital history work, if available is highly recommended;
- A letter from a Department Chair or Director of Graduate Studies (or equivalent) confirming that the applicant will complete their Ph.D. by the required date.
- Contact information for two professional references (letters not required) who can speak to your qualifications in the following areas:
- Does the applicant have a sincere interest in museum studies and/or public history?
- How would this fellowship advance their career goals?
- Is the applicant able to research and write collaboratively? If possible, please provide specific examples.
- How does the applicant respond to externally imposed changes to a project in which they are invested?
Applications will be evaluated as they are received, for best consideration, submit materials by August 22, 2022. The position will remain open until filled.
The American Philosophical Society is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment on any basis including race, creed, color, age, sex, gender, religion, or national origin. The APS values diversity in its many forms and encourages diverse applicants to apply.
Please direct any additional questions to Patrick Spero, Director of the APS’s Library & Museum, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Primary Category:||Women, Gender, and Sexuality
|Secondary Categories:||History of Science, Medicine, and Technology