Applications for the 2018 fellowship are now closed.

Background

The Audrey and William H. Helfand Fellowship in the History of Medicine and Public Health supports research using Academy library resources for scholarly study of the history of medicine and public health with an emphasis on visual culture. It is intended specifically for a scholar in residence at the Academy Library. Preference will be given to applications which focus on the use of visual materials held in the Academy collections and in other area institutions.

The Academy's Library holds a particularly rich collection of images related to the history of medicine and public health dating from the early modern era into the twentieth century. A diverse collection, including illustrated books, prints, broadsides, pamphlets, and printed medical ephemera, documents changes in clinical medicine and research, the evolution of medical practice, the history of public health and public responses to these developments.  The collections form an extraordinary primary resource for scholars in history, popular culture, the sciences and social sciences, the history of printing and the graphic arts.

The Helfand Fellow is expected to spend at least four weeks in New York City, working at The New York Academy of Medicine. Fellows are required to present a seminar at the Academy, to contribute a post for our blog, and to submit a final report on work done at the Academy Library by the end of the award period. 

Eligibility Requirements

We invite applications from anyone, regardless of citizenship, academic discipline, or academic status. Preference will be given to (1) those whose research will take advantage of resources that are uniquely available at the Academy, (2) individuals in the early stages of their careers, and (3) applications which include an emphasis on the use of visual materials held within the Academy’s collections and elsewhere.

Application Process

Please read the instructions to assist you in completing the application form. Questions regarding the instructions or the application for fellowships in the Academy Library should be directed to 212-822-7313 or history@nyam.org. Because visual materials are sometimes difficult to access through the Library's online catalog, applicants are encouraged to call or email for more information about the collections.

A complete application includes: 
One copy of the materials requested in the application
Two letters of recommendation  
For instructions see below.

Please submit your application electronically:
Email your materials as attachments to history@nyam.org.
Attachments must be in Word, Adobe PDF, or Rich Text Format.
Please include the appropriate extension in filenames, (i.e. “SmithFellowshipApp.pdf”)

Deadline

Current applications are for fellowships that may be used between January 1 and December 31, 2018. Applications are due by the end of the day on Friday, August 25, 2017. Letters of recommendation are due by the end of the day on Monday, August 28, 2017. Applicants will be notified of whether or not they have received a fellowship by Friday, October 6, 2017.

Award Information

Each Helfand fellow receives a stipend of $5,000 to support travel, lodging and incidental expenses for a flexible period between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018. The Helfand Fellow is expected to spend at least four weeks in New York City, working at The New York Academy of Medicine. Besides completing a research project, each fellow will be expected to make a public presentation at the Academy, contribute a post to our blog, and submit a final report.

The selection committee, comprising prominent historians and medical humanities scholars, will choose the fellow from the pool of applications. These fellowships are awarded directly to the individual applicant and not to the institution where he or she may normally be employed. None of the fellowship money is to be used for institutional overhead. There is a single application for the Klemperer and Helfand fellowships. Applicants do not need to specify for which award they are applying; the committee will make the decision about which fellowship would be most appropriate.

Publications

Any publications resulting from work supported by the Fellowships must acknowledge the assistance received from The New York Academy of Medicine. Copies of such publications must be submitted to the Academy Library.

Contact information

Historical Collections
The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029
Email: history@nyam.org
Telephone: 212-822-7313


Current & Previous Recipients 
2017

Courtney Thompson, "The Criminal Race: Crime, Violence, and the Phrenological Imaginary In Nineteenth-century America"

2016

Daniel Goldberg, "Truth, Doubt and Objectivity: Early X-ray Experimentation and Use in New York City"

2014-2015:

Laura Robson, "Using Vesalius: Adapting Images and Transforming Texts in Sixteenth Century Medical Manuals"

2013-2014:

Samir Boumediene, "Appropriating the Medicinal Plants of Spanish America (1570-1750)"

2012-2103:

Alessandro Laverda, "Anatomy and Myth: The Contest between Apollo and Marsyas in Anatomy Books of the Early Modern Age in Europe"

2011-2012:

Cindy Stelmackowich, "Picturing Pathology: Morbid Anatomy Diagrams, Pathological Atlases and Disease, 1800-1840"

2010-2011:

No Helfand Fellow

2009-2010:

No Helfand Fellow

2008-2009:

Kelina Gotman, "Zooanthropy"

2007-2008:

Marni Kessler, "Anxiety and the Maternal Substitute: Edgar Degas' New Orleans Paintings"

2006-2007:

Mary Hunter, "Shared Visions? Representations of Bodies in late Nineteenth Century American and French Art and Medicine"

2005-2006:

Sabine Arnaud, “Hysteria: Fictions and Politics of Truths”

2004-2005:

Bryan Waterman, “Writing Yellow Fever in Late-Eighteenth-Century New York City”

2003-2004:

Angus Fletcher, “Paracelsian Medicine and the Experience of Bodily Consciousness in Seventeenth-Century English Literature”

2002-2003:

Vanessa Ryan, "The Material Mind: Victorian Physiological Psychology and the Narration of Consciousness"

2001-2002:

Michael R. Blackie, "The Sensorium in Splints: Some Permutations of S. Weir Mitchell's Use of Rest"

2000-2001:

Richard A. Barney, "Eyeing the Divine: The Physiology of the Sublime in Early Modern Britain"

1999-2000:

Carolyn Thomas de la Pena, "Powering the Body"