Announcing the 2020-2021 Lemelson Center Fellows and Travel Grantees

The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2020-2021 fellowships and travel grants!

The next deadline for applications will be 1 November 2020.  Please visit our website for more information about our fellowship and grant programs, and comprehensive lists of past and current fellows and travel grantees. Congratulations to our fellowship and travel grant recipients!


Eric S. Hintz, PhD 

Lemelson Center Fellowship Coordinator



Arthur Molella Distinguished Fellowship

Kara W. Swanson, JD, PhD

Professor of Law and Affiliate Professor of History, Northeastern University

Project: Inventing Citizens: Race, Gender, and Patents


Lemelson Center Fellowships

Harry Burson

PhD candidate, Film & Media, University of California, Berkeley

Project: The World in Stereo: Sound, Space, and Immersion, 1879-1959


Ann Daly

PhD candidate, History, Brown University

Project: Minting America: Money, Value, and the Federal State, 1784-1858


Grace Lees-Maffei, PhD

Professor, Design History, University of Hertfordshire

Project: The Hand Book


Pallavi R. Podapati

PhD Candidate, History of Science, Princeton University

Project: Beyond Boundaries: A History of Paralympic Design and Practice


Lemelson Center Travel Grants

Sarah Barnes, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Sport, Society & Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology

Project: Investigating the new frontier of human performance: Sleep inventions and innovations in sport


Hayley Brazier

PhD candidate, History, University of Oregon

Project: The Seafloor and Society: Technological Innovation on the Pacific Seabed since 1898


Vivien Hamilton, PhD

Associate Professor, History of Science, Harvey Mudd College

Project: Mechanical Womb and Artificial Mother: Designing the Infant Incubator 1900-1950s


Sarah Pickman

PhD candidate, History of Science and Medicine, Yale University

Project: The Veneer of Outside Things: Objects and the Making of Extreme Environments, 1820-1950


Benjamin Siegel, PhD

Assistant Professor, History, Boston University

Project: Innovation in the American Narcotic Pharmaceutical Industry


For more information, please visit the Lemelson Center Research Opportunities site.