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An Old Dog Can Learn New Tricks with the Arthur Molella Distinguished Fellowship!

Posted on March 11, 2016 by in The OFI Blog

Lemelson Hall of Invention and Innovation Opening Reception at the Ntional Museum of American History 6.24.2015

Lemelson Hall of Invention and Innovation Opening Reception at the National Museum of American History 6.24.2015

The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation is pleased to announce the creation of the Arthur Molella Distinguished Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History (NMAH). We seek to appoint an experienced author or senior scholar from the history of technology, science and technology studies, business history, museum studies, STEAM education, or an allied field. The specific arrangement is flexible: the Molella Distinguished Fellow may use the funds as a sabbatical supplement; for several short-duration visits; for a single residency focused on research and writing; or for a series of lectures leading to a major publication. We invite the Molella Distinguished Fellow to participate in the intellectual life and programmatic activities of the museum; to take advantage of the expertise of the museum’s research staff; and to consult the Institution’s vast invention and technology collections (see http://collections.si.edu/). The Lemelson Center will assist in arranging a visa for non-US citizens, provide a workspace, and facilitate startup procedures at the Smithsonian.

Stipend and Residency:  $35,000 (US).  Funds may be used flexibly to support travel for several short-term visits, living expenses for longer residences up to six months, and related research expenses. Dates are flexible.  Fellows may begin their residencies on/after 1 June 2016 through 31 May 2017.

Applicants must apply through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment system (SOLAA):

Application Deadline: Applications must be submitted to SOLAA by 31 March 2016, 11:59 p.m. EST.

A complete application for the Arthur Molella Distinguished Fellowship consists of:

  1. General Information via web form: contact/demographic information, institutional affiliation, academic history, project title, etc.
  2. CV/Resume: your current curriculum vitae.
  3. Other – Timeline/Schedule: a timeline schedule for the fellowship period, describing how you plan to arrange your residence, e.g. several short visits, one long residency, tentative dates, etc.
  4. Project/Research Proposal: a 3-5 page description of your proposed project outlining the subject matter, scope, methodology, sources, intended research product(s), and the contribution that your work will make to the study of invention and innovation.

To learn more about the Fellowship and how to apply go to the Lemelson Center’s website here.