Two-Year Postdoctoral Fellowship and Skill-Building Program

Chemical Heritage Foundation

Job Type: Fellowship

Application Deadline: January 16, 2018

The Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry at the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF), a library, museum, and scholarly institute in Philadelphia, PA, invites applications for new multi-year postdoctoral fellowships in the history of science, medicine, technology, and industry

ACHF 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 and its support for the career diversity initiatives of the American Historical Association and affiliated societies. 80/20 fellowships 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.

Collection Strengths:

The research collections at CHF range chronologically from the fifteenth century to the present and include 6,000 rare books, significant archival holdings, thousands of images, and a large artifact and fine arts collection, supported by over 100,000 reference volumes and journals. Within the collections there are many areas of special strength, including: alchemy, mining & metallurgy, dyeing and bleaching, balneology, gunpowder and pyrotechnics, gas-lighting, books of secrets, inorganic and organic chemistry, biochemistry, food chemistry, and pharmaceuticals.
The deadline for all fellowship applications is January 16, 2018.  Please see our website for more information:

Posted: September 28, 2017