Linda Hall Library
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Flea image: Robert Hooke, Micrographia, 1665. Linda Hall Library Collections.


The Linda Hall Library invites pre-and post-doctoral scholars of exceptional promise to apply for its 2017/18 fellowships in the history of science and related areas of science and technology studies. The Library offers researchers a setting that allows for deep immersion in its outstanding collections and a rich intellectual community of in-house experts, fellows, and scholars from nearby Kansas City institutions.

Fellowships are awarded for the duration of 1 week to 10 months.

Applications are due no later than January 16, 2017.

Residential Fellowships

The Linda Hall Library offers residential fellowships from one to ten months for pre- and post- doctoral scholars whose work would benefit from research in the Library’s collections.
Fellowship stipends are offered up to $3,000 per month for pre-doctoral students and up to $4,200 per month for post-doctoral scholars.

80/20 Fellowship

For the academic year 2017/18, the Linda Hall Library will launch its innovative 80/20 Fellowship. To help prepare graduate students for diverse career possibilities within and outside the academy, the 80/20 Fellowship pilot will allow a pre-doctoral fellow to spend 80 percent of the time pursuing dissertation-related research in the Library’s collections and 20 percent gaining valuable career-related skills by planning, curating, and installing an exhibition based on the fellow’s research and the Library’s holdings.

The fellowship is for the entire academic year (10 months) during which time the fellow will work concurrently on his/her research and the exhibition under the mentorship of the Library’s VP for Public Programs and in collaboration with the Library’s Communications Department.

Travel Fellowships

Researchers who wish to make a short, exploratory visit to the Linda Hall Library may apply for a travel fellowship. These fellowships last 1-3 weeks with stipend amounts of up to $750 per week to help defray the cost of travel and living in Kansas City.

Research and Collections

Since its founding in 1946, the Linda Hall Library has emerged as one of the foremost independent science and technology libraries in the country. Its extensive primary- and secondary-source holdings document the science, technology, and engineering disciplines from the 15th century to the present. The collection encompasses more than half a million monograph volumes and more than 48,000 journal titles.

Major strengths of the collection include: engineering, natural history, physical sciences, astronomy, life sciences, environmental studies, aeronautics, earth sciences, Cold War science, infrastructure studies, and mathematics. Researchers also benefit from having access to rare books and other primary sources in the Library’s History of Science Collection and supporting monographs, journals, technical standards, patents, and government reports from its general collections. For more information about the collections, click here.

The Library’s knowledgeable staff provides research assistance to scholars using the contemporary and special collections.

Fellows pursuing interdisciplinary projects can also take advantage of Linda Hall Library’s reciprocal borrowing privileges at nearby libraries, including the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Kansas University’s Clendening History of Medicine Library, and the Spencer Art Reference Library at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.