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 2021-22 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.

Due to the public health risks associated with the coronavirus pandemic, all Linda Hall Library fellowships during the 2021-22 academic year will be virtual.  Instead of traveling to Kansas City, virtual fellows will conduct research from off-site using digitized resources in the Library’s collections.

These virtual fellowships reflect the Library’s ongoing efforts to expand the accessibility of its holdings while protecting the safety of both patrons and staff. They also reaffirm the Library’s unwavering commitment to support advanced scholarship exploring science, technology, engineering, and their histories.

Further information about the Linda Hall Library’s virtual fellows can be found below.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021-22 academic year. Please direct questions about the Linda Hall Library’s fellowship program to fellowships@lindahall.org or click the button below to sign up for our mailing list.

Virtual Fellowships

The Linda Hall Library offers virtual 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 at a rate of $3,000 per month for doctoral students and $4,200 per month for postdoctoral researchers.

Although they will be working off-site, virtual fellows will be active members of Library’s social and intellectual community. Each fellow will receive:

  • A virtual introduction to the Library’s collections
  • Personalized research assistance from members of the Library’s reference staff
  • The ability to request complimentary scans of Linda Hall Library resources in accordance with the Library’s digitization policies
  • Opportunities to participate in the Library’s in-house works-in-progress seminar, as well as working groups organized by the Consortium for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine
  • Chances to share their projects with new audiences in Kansas City and around the world through the Library’s public lecture series, Hedgehog newsletter, or other online platforms
  • Invitations to Library programs and social events including coffee breaks, brown bag lunches, happy hours, etc.

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.