ACM History Fellowship Competition

Association for Computing Machinery

Job Type: Fellowship

Application Deadline: February 15, 2020

The ACM History Committee is pleased to announce our 2020 History Fellowship Program. This Fellowship Program is designed to support research and/or curatorial projects related to ACM’s professional and educational activities and/or to ACM’s rich institutional history including its organization, publications, SIG activities, and conferences.
The Association for Computing Machinery, founded in 1947, is the oldest and largest educational and scientific society dedicated to the computing profession and today has more than 100,000 members around the world. The ACM History Committee’s charter directs it to foster the collection, preservation, and interpretation of the history of the ACM and its role in the development of computing. One way we foster development of ACM History is through our annual History Fellowship Program.

The program will support up to four research projects with awards of up to $4,000 each. Successful candidates may be of any rank, from graduate students through senior researchers. Association with an academic institution is not required. See the list of past supported projects here.

To Apply:
Applications must include a 750-word project description, a timeline and budget for the project, a 2-page CV, and a letter of endorsement from their home institution or an external scholarly reference. Within the 750-word description, please specifically address these points:

  • What is the proposed activity and how do you plan to go about accomplishing it?
  • How is the proposed work related to ACM History?
  • What products/outcomes do you expect to produce? (e.g., journal article, book or dissertation chapter, teaching resource, museum exhibit, website, oral history, collection of artifacts)
  • When completed, what will be the significance of your work products?
  • What is your probability of success and what are the risks?

Proposals should be submitted as a single pdf-format document via email. Proposal deadline is 15 February 2020. Notification of awards will be made on or before 1 April 2020.

In preparing a proposal, applicants should examine the document “ACM Research Materials” as well as “Sources for ACM History” CACM 50 #5 (May 2007): 36-41. Other research materials relating to ACM may also be used.

Proposals are due by 15 February, 2020. Proposals should be submitted as a single pdf-format document to

Since 2009, the ACM History Committee has supported over 30 research projects. Results include the recent edited volume Communities of Computing: Computer Science and Society in the ACM (ACM Books 2016; DOI10.1145/2973856). ACM HC also sponsors workshops in oral history methods and archiving practices.

The pdf-format document for this call for papers/proposals can be found here.

Posted: February 07, 2020