The Audrey and William H. Helfand Fellowship 2018

Deadline: 25 August 2017
Open to: individuals in the early stages of their career
Benefits: a stipend of 5,000 USD


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.


We invite applications from anyone, regardless of citizenship, academic discipline, or academic status.

Preference will be given to:

  • Those whose research will take advantage of resources that are uniquely available at the Academy;
  • Individuals in the early stages of their careers;
  • Applications which include an emphasis on the use of visual materials held within the Academy’s collections and elsewhere.


Each Helfand fellow receives a stipend of 5,000 USD to support travel, lodging and incidental expenses for a flexible period between 1 January  2018 and 31 December 2018.

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.

How to apply?

A complete application includes:

  • One copy of the materials requested in the application;
  • Two letters of recommendation;
  • Attachments must be in Word, Adobe PDF, or Rich Text Format;
  • Please include the appropriate extension in filenames, (i.e. “SmithFellowshipApp.pdf”).

Email your materials as attachments to

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

Questions regarding the instructions or the application for fellowships in the Academy Library should be directed to 212-822-7313 or 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.

For more information please visit the official website.

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