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The Boston Medical Library in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine will offer two annual fellowships to support research in the history of medicine. The mission of the Boston Medical Library (BML), incorporated in 1877, is "to be a Library for the dissemination of medical knowledge, the promotion of medical education and scholarship, and the preservation and celebration of medical history, and thereby to advance the quality of health and healthcare of the people." Support for the fellowship program is provided by the BML's Abel Lawrence Peirson Fund.
The Countway Library, created in 1960 by the partnership of the BML and the Harvard Medical Library, houses the combined collections of its two partners and is one of the largest medical libraries in the United States. It serves Harvard's academic needs and the constituency of the BML which includes the other three medical schools in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Medical Society, and practicing physicians. Its Center for the History of Medicine holds 250,000 books and journals published before 1920 and is strong in virtually every medical discipline. The Countway's archives and manuscripts include the personal and professional papers of prominent American physicians, such as Grete Bibring, Maxwell Finland, Henry K. Beecher, Walter Bradford Cannon, Oliver Wendell Holmes, John Collins Warren, Stanley Cobb, and Benjamin Waterhouse, many of whom were associated with Harvard Medical School. The printed, manuscript, and archival holdings are complemented by paintings, prints, photographs, and the collections of the Warren Anatomical Museum.
The Francis A. Countway Library Fellowships in the History of Medicine provide stipends of up to $5,000 to support travel,
lodging, and incidental expenses for a flexible period between June 1, 2014, and May 31, 2015.
Besides conducting research, the fellow will submit a report on
results of his/her residency and may be asked to present a seminar or
lecture at the Countway Library. The fellowship proposal should
demonstrate that the
Countway has resources central to the research topic. Preference will
be given to applicants who live beyond commuting distance of the
application, outlining the proposed project (proposal should not exceed
pages), length of residence, materials to be consulted, and a budget
specific information on travel, lodging, and research expenses, should
submitted, along with a curriculum vitae and two letters of
recommendation, by February 15, 2014.
Applications should be sent to:
Center for the History of Medicine
Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine
10 Shattuck Street
Boston, MA 02115
The fellowship awards will be announced by March 30, 2014.
The Countway Library is also a participating
institution in the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium, a collaboration of 18 major cultural agencies in New England who provide research grants. Each grant will provide a stipend of $5,000 for a minimum of eight weeks of research at participating institutions. Awards are open to U.S. citizens and foreign nationals who hold the necessary U.S. government documents. Grants are designed to encourage projects that draw on the resources of several agencies. Information about the Consortium fellowship
may be found on its website (
The Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine Research Fellowships
Deadline: March 15th 2014
The Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine will provide one $5000 grant to support travel, lodging, and incidental expenses for a flexible research period between July 1st 2014 - June 30th 2015. Foundation Fellowships are offered for research related to the history of women to be conducted at the Center for the History of Medicine at the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine. Preference will be given to projects that deal specifically with women physicians or other health workers or medical scientists, but proposals dealing with the history of women's health issues may also be considered.
Manuscript collections which may be of special interest include the recently-opened Mary Ellen Avery Papers, the Leona Baumgartner Papers, and the Grete Bibring Papers (find out more about our collections). Preference will be given to those who are using collections from the Center's Archives for Women in Medicine, but research on the topic of women in medicine using other material from the Countway Library will be considered. Preference will also be given to applicants who live beyond commuting distance of the Countway, but all are encouraged to apply, including graduate students.
In return, the Foundation requests a one page report on the Fellow's research experience, a copy of the final product (with the ability to post excerpts from the paper/project), and a photo and bio of the Fellow for web and newsletter announcements.
Applicants should submit a proposal (no more than two pages) outlining the subject and objectives of the research project, length of residence, historical materials to be used, and a project budget (including travel, lodging, and research expenses), along with a curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendations by March 15th 2014. The fellowship proposal should demonstrate that the Countway Library has resources central to the research topic.
Applications should be sent to: Women in Medicine Fellowships, Archives
for Women in Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, 10
Shattuck Street, Boston, MA 02115. Electronic submissions of
applications and supporting materials and any questions may be directed
Established in 1998, the Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine (FHWIM) was founded with the belief that knowing the historical past is a powerful force in shaping the future. The Foundation's Board of Trustees believes strongly that partnering with organizations that share the same passion for and commitment to the history of women in medicine and the medical sciences, and the integration of this history into the medical community, will help to further the organization’s mission,
"To promote and to preserve the history of women in medicine and the medical sciences."
The Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine has achieved national prominence through its Board, its awards and programs. The FHWIM has established strong partnerships with like-minded organizations in order to deliver viable programs such as the oral history project, research fellowships, student scholarships and our annual recognition award. Through these national partnerships and programs, the Foundation has been and continues to be successful in preserving the history of women in medicine and promoting its impact today in the national arena.
The Archives for Women in Medicine (AWM) is a project of the Joint Committee on the Status of Women and the Countway Library’s Center for the History of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. The AWM’s goal is to recognize outstanding medical leaders, and to document the social phenomena that brought large numbers of women to the forefront of medicine. The AWM’s objective is to actively acquire, process, preserve, provide access to, and publicize the papers of women physicians, researchers, and medical administrators. A list of collections in the AWM can be provided.
Established in 1960 as a result of an alliance between the Boston Medical Library and the Harvard Medical Library, the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine is the largest academic medical library in the United States. The Countway Library maintains a collection of approximately 700,000 volumes. The Center for the History of Medicine's collection of archives and manuscripts, numbering between 15-20 million items, is the largest collection of its kind in the United States. The manuscripts collection includes the personal and professional records of physicians from the medieval and Renaissance periods through the twentieth century, including the professional papers of many renowned Harvard faculty members as well as physicians and scientists from New England and around the country.