• The Library will be closed on Monday, September 7 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.


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


The Linda Hall Library invites doctoral students and scholars of exceptional promise to apply for its 2020-21 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 4 months.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year. For more information about Linda Hall Library Fellowships, please click on the button below

The Linda Hall Library offers three types of research fellowships.

Residential Fellowships

The Linda Hall Library offers residential fellowships lasting between one and four months to doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars, and other researchers whose work would benefit from the Library’s collections. Fellowship funding is offered up to $3,000 per month for doctoral students and up to $4,200 per month for postdoctoral researchers.

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 between one and three weeks with funding amounts of up to $750 per week to help defray the cost of travel and living in Kansas City.

History of Science and Medicine Fellowship

The Linda Hall Library and the Clendening History of Medicine Library at the University of Kansas Medical Center are pleased to announce the creation of a new, jointly-funded History of Science and Medicine (HSM) Fellowship. This fellowship supports a doctoral student whose research examines the intersecting histories of science and medicine. The HSM fellow will spend one month in Kansas City during the 2020-21 academic year conducting research in both libraries’ collections. The fellow will receive a $3,000 stipend to cover travel and living expenses.


Research and Collections

Linda Hall Library

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 collections at nearby libraries, including the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), the Clendening History of Medicine Library at the University of Kansas Medical Center, and the Spencer Art Reference Library at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Clendening History of Medicine Library

With over 40,000 volumes, the Clendening History of Medicine Library houses one of the nation’s finest collections of rare, historical medical books and manuscripts. The library also maintains an extensive collection of monographs and periodicals in the history of medicine, medical humanities and biomedical ethics. Some personal medical papers and archival records are found in the library’s collections, but the majority of those materials are housed in the KUMC Archives.

The Clendening Library continues to acquire rare books illustrating the history of medicine to complement and enhance the existing collection. In addition, the Library supports teaching and research in ethics, history and medical humanities by actively acquiring contemporary secondary works in these areas. The collections annually add about 600 new monographs and subscribes to about 40 journals.

Please contact Dawn McInnis, Rare Book Librarian, ( for more information about the Clendening Library’s collections.