Apply for a Fellowship

Apply for a fellowship or travel grant

Generous pre- and postdoctoral fellowships are available for research on the history of chemistry, broadly construed. Fellowships are available for periods of 1 to 4 months (short-term fellows) or 9 months (long-term fellows) and are spent in residence at CHF in Philadelphia. Travel grants are available for shorter research projects.

Projects funded in the past range from the history of Arabic alchemy and agricultural improvement to nanotechnology, pharmaceutical industry, and trans fats. Research proposals detailing the importance of CHF’s wide-ranging collections for the proposed project will be considered with particular care.

Please read guidelines and FAQs carefully before submitting an application.

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If you have questions about CHF’s fellowship application process, please see our FAQ or e-mail

Guidelines and procedures

You may not apply for both a long-term and a short-term fellowship at the same time; the online form will allow you to note which type of fellowship you are applying for.

If applying for a short-term fellowship, you must indicate how many months you wish to be in residence at CHF.

If applying for a long-term fellowship, you must indicate whether you are applying for a postdoctoral or a dissertation fellowship; postdoctoral fellowships can only be awarded to scholars who have their Ph.D. in hand by the July before the academic year in which the fellowship will begin.

You must also submit

  • a research proposal of less than 1,500 words (Word or PDF file),
  • a curriculum vitae of 3 pages or less (Word or PDF file), and
  • contact information for two people submitting reference letters on your behalf.

You will receive a confirmation e-mail upon submitting your application. CHF will contact your references by e-mail at that stage and ask them to submit a letter of reference by February 28.

Application reviews

After the deadline, all complete applications will be assessed by a peer-review committee. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the review by the end of May.

Apply for a Travel Grant

There is no deadline for travel-grant applications. Travel-grant applications can be submitted at any time and are assessed by an internal CHF review committee.

A travel-grant application must contain

  • a research proposal that also details how the applicant will make use of CHF’s collections (1 page),
  • a curriculum vitae (up to 3 pages), and
  • one reference letter (applicants are responsible for references submitting letters directly to CHF via the e-mail address below).

Travel-grant applications must be submitted electronically, as Word or PDF files, to



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