The Andrew W. Mellon Travel Fellowship program

General Information

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Through a generous endowment provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the History of Science Department and the History of Science Collections, the University of Oklahoma offers a travel fellowship program for visitors to make use of its resources for research in the History of Science. The Andrew W. Mellon Travel Fellowship Program is intended to assist scholars at both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral levels.

The program is designed to provide travel expenses and a reasonable per diem to researchers who reside outside the central Oklahoma area, and who have well-defined research projects that can be served by the holdings of the History of Science Collections. Support is available for qualifying projects for periods ranging from two to eight weeks. Although there is no limitation on the subject field of investigation, applicants must demonstrate the utility of materials in the History of Science Collections.

Fellowship projects may be scheduled for any time of the year when the Collections are open (hours). Applicants preparing proposals should contact the History of Science Collections Research Coordinator, JoAnn Palmeri.

Proposals are evaluated according to the following schedule:

  • Proposal deadline for fellowships in the Spring term: October 1. Decisions announced by October 15.
  • Proposal deadline for fellowships in the Summer terms: February 1. Decisions announced by February 15.
  • Proposal deadline for fellowships in the Fall term: April 1. Decisions announced by April 15.

Applicants are encouraged to consider the fellowship program as a means of supplementing the partial funding which they may be able to obtain from their own institutions or other sources, so that program funds can be extended to as many interested scholars as possible.

Proposal Contents:

Section One. The application form.
Complete the application form (pdf). This is the first section of your proposal.

Section Two. A curriculum vitae.
Include a cv, with a list of your scholarly publications and activities, as the second section of the proposal.

Section Three. Description of the research proposal.
This section should include:

  • a narrative of your proposed project, not to exceed 1000 words, that discusses its relationship to previous and current scholarship in the field.
  • a bibliography of relevant materials that require consultation at the History of Science Collections. Applicants should consult reference materials, including the University Libraries’ online catalogue, and may confer with the Curator or Librarian for assistance.

Section Four. References:

  • Two letters of recommendation from persons qualified to judge your research skills in the proposed area and the scholarly significance of your research project. Pre-doctoral applicants will normally be expected to request letters from the project supervisor and a member of the doctoral or masters committee. Letters of recommendation should be requested well in advance.

JoAnn Palmeri, Research Coordinator (Email)
Andrew W. Mellon Travel Fellowship Program
History of Science Collections
University of Oklahoma Libraries
401 West Brooks, Room 380
Norman, OK 73019

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