Helen and Robert Appel Fellowship in History and Technology

nyhs_bhm_horizontal.png     This New-York Historical Society fellowship will be awarded to a candidate who has earned their PhD within the last three to five years. Research projects should be based on the collections of New-York Historical and explore the impact of technology on history. The fellowship will carry a stipend of $60,000, plus benefits; it begins September 5, 2019 and lasts through June 29, 2020.

Application requirements include:
 A proposal describing the theme of the research project and the New-York Historical Society resources critical to the project
 A curriculum vitae
 A short writing sample of no more than 3,000 words or ten pages
 Three letters of recommendation

 No later than 11:59 pm on December 31, 2018
 Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

To apply, click here. 


Job: Historian Position – NASA Ames Research Center

Please apply here.

     The mission of the NASA Ames History Office is to explore, elucidate and preserve the scientific and engineering experience of the NASA Ames Research Center, and make it relevant to NASA’s present and future. It is NASA policy to stimulate the rigorous historical study of NASA history, to preserve that historical record and make it available through reference collections, and to communicate the findings of that historical study both internally and externally.
    The candidate will provide expertise on the history of NASA Ames, produce historical publications, and contribute to the historical reference collection.

Required support includes, but is not limited to:
        Support the administrative work necessary for the operation of the NASA Ames History Office.
        Research the history of Ames, including its management, competencies, activities, origins, and personnel.
        Collect and compile research data about the history of Ames.
        Author publications and other documentation about the history of Ames such as monographs, articles for NASA newsletters and peer-reviewed publications, conference papers, presentations, speeches, biographies, books, and shorter pieces.
        Ensure all research and writing is consistent with NASA policy and standards and meets the highest scholarly standards of historical research in substance, process, and presentation.
        Regularly transfer research data, associated correspondence, and work products to the History Office archives.
        Support the formulation and maintenance of data archiving plans for Ames historians.
        Provide technical expertise for the preparation of historical material, such as exhibits, books, papers, reports, briefings, articles, brochures, presentations, video productions, and social media productions.
        Conduct historical interviews and oral histories.
        Support development of outreach activities and materials for the NASA Ames Senior Advisor for History, and for key NASA and Ames anniversaries.
        Attend and support public events, as well as provide public service appearances, when appropriate.
        Attend meetings or reviews associated with historical planning.
        Support History Office reference services and respond to historical queries from within NASA, outside institutions, and the general public.
        Support development of content for the History Office websites and assure that the information contained on the sites is current and relevant.
        Support the research and description of collections in the History Office Reference Collection, as well as complex appraisal activities.
        Conduct peer review for historical publications generated at NASA Ames or being considered elsewhere for publication.
        Maintain scholarly communication and represent Ames within the larger historical community.
        Serve as liaison to the Chief Historian at NASA Headquarters and to other organizations and professional societies on matters of historical practice, and with the history offices of the other NASA centers.
        Assist in the preparation and selection of proposals to fund other work on the history of NASA and, if appropriate, help in the administration or technical oversight of those grants and proposals.
        Support editing, physical production, and distribution of documents and books.
        Attend professional conferences and NASA History Program meetings.
        Provide technical oversight to History Office assistants, interns, and subcontractors.

Required Education/Experience:
Bachelors in History of Science and Technology or a related field and 5+ years of experience with historical research and writing expertise.

Required Skills/Training:
        Flexibility to multi-task and meet competing deadlines
        Strong organizational, documentation, and tracking skills
        Strong written and verbal communication skills
        Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
        Working knowledge of computers, Macintosh platform and standard office software programs
        Proficient using computer databases, supporting website development, using computer file sharing services

Desired Education, Experience, Skills or Training:
        MS/Ph.D. in History of science and technology or a related field
        Research and writing expertise in aerospace history
        Published work in peer-reviewed journals
        Experience conducting oral interviews
        Prior experience working at NASA Ames Research Center or another NASA center
        Understanding of contractor/civil servant protocols
        Establishing and maintaining excellent working relationships with coworkers, NASA task customers and the customers of the organizations we support
        Capability to work independently and as part of a team
        Knowledge of current NASA policies and procedures
        Familiarity with customizing video clips and soundtracks for presentations
        Familiarity with computer backup systems
     KBR is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, union status and/or beliefs, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

Weekly Roundup Dec. 10, 2018


2019 Annual Nursing and Health Care History Conference (Dallas, Texas, September 19-21, due April 1)
Ohio Academy of History (22-23 March, due Feb 15) 

Fellowships & Funding

Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG) Fellowships for Doctoral Students (due Feb 15) 


Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy — History and Social Science Faculty – American History, Specializations in History of any STEM-related topic preferred 

Post Docs

Junior Fellowship in SUSTech Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) (China) 


Want to Host WHEATS 2019? (Workshop for the History of Environment, Agriculture, Technology, & Science)
HSS Survey on Research in the digital age: How does the digital environment affect scholarship? 

Weekly Roundup Dec. 3, 2018


History of Science Society. Utrecht, the Netherlands 23-27 July 2019. Due Jan 7, 2019.
Scientiae: Early Modern Knowledge. Queen’s University, Belfast, June 12-15. Philosophers, historians, literary scholars and others welcome. Abstracts due December 30
‘Prison Medicine: Health and Incarceration in History.’ May 2-3 in North Parramatta, Australia. Abstracts due February 11.
Summer School on Early Modern Representations of the Body and its Changing Matter. March 29-31, Pisa. Due December 31.
Beyond Borders: Health and Medicine in Historical Context. Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine Biennial Conference 2019 (deadline May 31)
Souls Special Issue on “The Black AIDS Epidemic”  (deadline March 1)
Bias in AI and Neuroscience (deadline January 1st 2019)
International Society for the History Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB) (in Oslo, Norway, 7–12 July 2019. Deadline: 18 January 2019)
Sites of Health: A Symposium on the Medical Humanities. 26-27 April 2019, Shanghai University. Due January 7, 2019.

Fellowships & Funding

New-York Historical Society & The New School — Several Research Fellowships
Funded PhD Studentships in Medical History/Humanities at Newcastle University, UK (deadline 9 Jan 2019)
Princeton Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities (deadline Jan 15)
University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Department of Japanese Studies / Department of American Studies — 2 Project-funded Phd Student Positions (deadline Dec 20)
2018 Roy Porter Student Essay Prize Competition, Society for the Social History of Medicine (deadline Feb 1) https://networks.h-net.org/node/9782/discussions/3241271/call-submissions-2018-roy-porter-student-essay-prize-competition
Academic Research Fellowship Awards – The HistoryMakers (deadline March 1, 2019)
Digital Humanities Fellowship Awards – The HistoryMakers (deadline March 1, 2019)


Ashland University, History and Political Science — Tenure-Track Position (Rank Open) in Early U.S. History
The HistoryMakers — Video Oral History Publisher
The HistoryMakers — Video Oral History Researcher
University of Michigan’s Department of African and African American Studies and Digital Studies Institute — Assistant professor position in Black Digital Studies

Upcoming Events

Catherine Beck: Seminar on Mental health at Sea, 1740-1820 (London, Feb 26) 

Weekly Roundup Nov. 26, 2018


International Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science and Technology. Prague, August 5-10, 2019.  (December 15)

Post Docs

Postdoctoral Fellowship 2019 (The College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, deadline Nov 30) 

News & Upcoming

Mars Landing
Maintainers UnConference


“How To”: Giving Conference Papers and Presentations



Grad Workshop Recap from SHOT 2018

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   We had a fantastic set of graduate speakers! In addition to personal feedback for each speaker, our fabulous commentators has some general advice:



  • A great conference paper will highlight just one or two points. You can’t cover everything in a ten or fifteen minute presentation, so take a step back and think about what you want your audience to take away.
  • Big blocks of text are distracting, but a few key words (particularly names or key ideas) are helpful
  • Visuals are your friend! Don’t flood your audience, but a few clear visuals will help keep your audience focused.
  • Don’t rush! Know yourself: do you stay on track better with an outline, or a full script? Remember to breath, and look up (but mark your spot on your page so you don’t get lost).
  • Start with your conclusion, then lay out why it is correct.
  • Alternatively, begin with a compelling question.

Get a Job! Recap of the ECIG sponsored panel at SHOT 2018

There is no silver bullet. 

   We hope this will help anyway. First, our fabulous guests told us a bit about how they landed their current jobs. Every story was different. The good news is, there is no one right way to Get a Job. The bad news is…there is no one right way that is guaranteed to land you that job.

Here are some of the tips.

Match your skills and goals
     Rather than look for a specific job title, look for the job that lets you meet your goals. Breadth of skills is useful, but so is knowing how to articulate the value of your skills. As historians, we are taught to find and organize evidence, especially in writing. Consider what other transferable skills you have.

     Even if it’s not precisely the field you want to be in, this remains a good way to make connections if you have the time. Sometimes it can even lead to a job! Consider non-traditional venues, for both volunteering and for jobs.

Nerves are normal
Apply anyway. If you like the job, go for it. Even if you don’t tick every box. And even if it isn’t the “right” job for the path you have planned. You can decide how to sell that experience later.

This was a point they came up a lot. Try out different jobs, gather up different skills. Not only does this let you apply for more jobs, but it lets you get a taste of different fields. Dabble in public history, archives, high school, community centers, state parks. Maybe you’ll discover something you love. And, the “multi-tool” applicant stands out.

Watch Late Postings
Late job postings often have fewer applicants, allowing you to stand out. Don’t stop looking just because the “season” is over.

Keep applying
Jobs, grants, postdocs, everything. It’s a mountain of writing, but normal to apply for far more than you receive. Guard your time, beware of burnout, but keep at it.

Scholarship ≠ Job
     You can continue your research even if you aren’t in a research job. If so, stay involved! Like coming to SHOT.

Read more from the panel here.





Weekly Roundup Nov. 12, 2018


4S (Society for the Social Studies of Science) Call for Open Panel Submissions (New Orleans, Louisiana, deadline Nov 17)
History of US Midwest Science and Technology, Broadly Defined (Iowa, deadline Nov 15)
Extended deadline – Call for abstracts XVII Biennial IASC Conference ‘In Defense of the Commons: Challenges, Innovation, and Action’ (Peru, deadline Nov 15)
The 9th Tensions of Europe Conference (Luxembourg, deadline Nov 15)
Tensions of Europe Summer School 2019: “Towards Digital Science and Technology Studies: Challenges and Opportunities” (Luxembourg)
Paradise on Fire, Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) 2019 (Davis, California, deadline Dec 15)
Race, Gender and Technology in Science-Fiction – Maison Française d’Oxford (United Kingdom, deadline Dec 1)
The Nature of Health, The Health of Nature: Perspectives from History and the Humanities (Beijing, China, deadline Jan 1)
Conference on Gender and Science in War and Peace (Tel-Aviv and Ra’anana, Israel, deadline January 15)
Global Knowledge, Global Legitimacy? Transatlantic Biomedicine since 1970 (Washington, D.C., deadline December 15)
Purdue University History Graduate Student Conference – “Institutions and Interactions” (deadline Dec 14)
International Conference on War and Social Movements (New York City, deadline Dec 31) Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association (Las Vegas, US, deadline Dec 31) 

Calls for Authors/Reviewers

Left History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Historical Inquiry and Debate special issue 

Fellowships & Funding

Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine 2019-2020 Fellowships (Deadline Dec 18)
2019 National Air and Space Museum Fellowship Program (pre- and post-doctoral fellowships, deadline Dec 1)
PhD student position in Science, Technology and Society (Chalmers, Gothenburg, Sweden)
Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America research grants (deadline Feb 4)
European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) Research Grant (deadline Dec 1)
Call for Applications: Non-Stipendiary Fellowships, Harvard STS Program (Deadline Jan 31st)
Massachusetts Historical Society Research Fellowships (first deadline Jan 15)
Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation – Social Sciences or Humanities International Security Fellowship (deadline January 15)
CISAC Fellowships  


Research Historian — History Associates Incorporated (Maryland, US)
Lecturer and Coordinator – US History for International Students — University of Illinois at Chicago, History
Assistant Professor of U.S. History — University of Texas – Dallas, School of Arts and Humanities
Assistant Professor with specialty in Colonial or Revolutionary-era U.S. history — University of Memphis, History
Junior Professor in “Global Mobility from 18th to the 20th Century” — Universität Duisburg-Essen (Germany), Humanities
Assistant Professor of History — Longwood University, Department of History, Political Science, and Philosophy
Tenure-Track Asst Prof in Tech Studies — UNC Chapel Hill, Department of Communication

Post Docs

Postdoctoral position in Environmental History (Chalmers, Gothenburg, Sweden)
Postdoctoral position in Science, Technology and Society (Chalmers, Gothenburg, Sweden)
Postdoctoral Positions in Natural Resources and Historical Development (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim)
Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Genetics and Genomics (University of Pennsylvania, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy) 

Upcoming Events

Summer Workshop on the History of Science and Technology in Modern East Asia (Seoul, South Korea, June 21-23, deadline December 10)
WTMC PhD Autumn Workshop “Smart” (The Netherlands, Dec 17-19)
Global Health Histories Seminar 112: Faith in Universal Health Coverage (Oct 17, in York, UK AND via Livestream)
Consortium for HISTSTM Working Groups Upcoming Meetings (Nov-Jan, Philadelphia, US, or online participation)
Equine History 2018 (Nov. 30-Dec. 2, Pomona, CA) Registration closes Nov. 16


Now Available Online: The York Fort Journals of Hudson’s Bay Company Governor James Knight 

Welcome to St. Louis!

ECIG Events


  • 7am Grad Breakfast (Food and games!)
  • 8am Graduate Students’ Flash Talks
  • 10:30am Future of SHOT: Gateways to the Next 60 Years
  • SHOT Business Meeting (Constitutional Amendment Vote: come support ECIG!)
  • 8pm Grad Mixer


  • 8am Graduate Student Workshop I 
  • 10:30am Graduate Student Workshop II 
  • ECIG Lunch
  • 1:30pm An Offering of Tools, and Advice for a Post-Grad Work/Life; Or, ‘Get a Job!’
  • 5:30 Linda Hall Library/Maintainers Happy Hour

Following online, from near or far? Follow @SHOT_ECIG, @SocHistTech@bhgross144@pkhardy@jillianefoley,
@Anastasia_C_Day@KatBoniface, and of course check the #SHOT2018 hashtag!