Bourse – Travel Fellowship in the History of the Academic Health Center & Health Sciences

Bourse – Travel Fellowship in the History of the Academic Health Center & Health Sciences


University of Minnesota, 2010-2011

Purpose: The Travel Fellowship in the History of the Academic Health Center & Health Sciences at the University of Minnesota is intended to promote research on post-World War II developments in academic health centers and health science research using the University of Minnesota Archives. The University of Minnesota Program in the History of Medicine in conjunction with the Academic Health Center History Project ( will offer up to two fellowships per year to interested scholars whose research is well suited to the health science and administrative collections in the University Archives. Where possible, preference will be given to early career scholars: graduate students in the research stage of their dissertation and recent Ph.D.s.

University of Minnesota Archives Holdings: The University of Minnesota Archives house numerous collections related to the history of the Academic Health Center (AHC), its forerunning administrative configuration the College of Medical Sciences, and the records of the six schools and colleges that comprise the Academic Health Center: medicine, nursing, public health, pharmacy, dentistry, and veterinary medicine. The Archives also house collections pertaining to interdisciplinary centers within the Academic Health Center and oral histories and personal papers of prominent faculty and administrators.

Finding aids for many of the collections at the University Archives can be found at Digital documents related to the AHC and University administration are available through the University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy at . Applicants are encouraged to contact AHC Archivist Erik Moore at to discuss the collections before applying.

Application and Expectations: Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae, names and contact information of two referees, a brief proposal of no more than two pages, and a one-page proposed budget. The one- to two-page proposal should outline clearly the purpose of the research and its central questions, what records or materials will be used, any bigger project of which this research is a part, and the intended product(s) such as a dissertation, publications, or documentaries.
Selection of fellows will be based on the decision of a multi-disciplinary committee.

Fellowship recipients will be required to submit a short report on their research and asked to present their work in progress with interested faculty, staff, and students while visiting at the University. Recipients are also required to supply the University Libraries with a copy of any publication resulting from research conducted as a result of the grant.

Duration and Support: The fellowship covers a flexible visit of between one to four weeks. The amount of the fellowship is up to $1,000.00 to support expenses related to travel, lodging, research costs, and other incidental expenses. The fellowship is available for a single, continuous research trip between the dates July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012.


Deadline for applications is June 1, 2011. Candidates will be informed of the results by June 30 and the fellowship will be available immediately.

Applications should be submitted via email. Be sure that your last name appears in the filename of each document. Send applications to:

Dr. Mary Thomas, Program in the History of Medicine, University of Minnesota, (612-624-4416).

If you have any questions about the travel grant, please contact Dominique Tobbell at (612-626-5114), or speak to her at the upcoming meeting of the American Association for the History of Medicine.