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The Paul Klemperer Fellowship in the History of Medicine

Application forms for the 2016 fellowship will be available in June 2015.

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The Paul Klemperer Fellowship in the History of Medicine supports research using NYAM library resources for scholarly study of the history of medicine. It is intended specifically for a scholar in residence at the NYAM Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health.

The Klemperer 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 NYAM, and to submit a final report on work done at the NYAM 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 NYAM, and (2) individuals in the early stages of their careers.

Application Process

New application forms for fellowships beginning on January 1, 2016, will be available in the spring of 2015.

Please read the instructions to assist you in completing the application form. Questions regarding the instructions or the application for fellowships in The New York Academy of Medicine's Library should be directed to 212-822-7313 or

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

Electronic submissions are preferred:
Email your materials as attachments to
Attachments must be in Word, Adobe PDF, or Rich Text Format.
Please include the appropriate extension in filenames, (i.e. “SmithFellowshipApp.pdf”)

The fellowship cycle is in the process of changing. The next fellowship will be awarded for use during the calendar year that begins January 1, 2016. More information about application deadlines will be forthcoming shortly. 

Award Information

Each Klemperer fellow receives a stipend of $5,000 to support travel, lodging and incidental expenses for a flexible period between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. The Klemperer 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 NYAM 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.

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 NYAM Library.


Contact information

Historical Collections
The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029
Telephone: 212-822-7313

The mission of The New York Academy of Medicine is to advance the health of people in cities. Drawing on the expertise of diverse partners worldwide and more than 2,000 elected Fellows from across the professions, our current priorities are to create environments in cities that support healthy aging; to strengthen systems that prevent disease and promote the public's health; to eliminate health disparities; and preserve and promote the heritage of medicine and public health.

How to Apply

Instructions on how to apply for NYAM's research fellowships, student grants, endowed lectures and awards are contained within the description of each program. Please click on your program of interest for full details.

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