The Melvin Kranzberg Dissertation Fellowship is presented annually to a doctoral student engaged in the preparation of a dissertation on the history of technology, broadly defined. This award is in memory of the co-founder of the Society and honors Melvin Kranzberg's many contributions to developing the history of technology as a field of scholarly endeavor and SHOT as a professional organization.
The $4,000 award is unrestricted and may be used in any way that the winner chooses to advance the research and writing of his or her dissertation. Possible uses include underwriting the costs of travel to archival collections; photocopying or microfilming; translation of documents; and so on. The award may not be used for university tuition or fees.
Students from institutions of higher learning anywhere in the world who are working on projects in the history of technology are eligible to apply; doctoral candidates from outside the United States are especially encouraged to submit application materials. Applicants must have completed all requirements for their doctorate except for the dissertation by September 1 of the year the award is made. (Students from outside the United States, whose programs of study may follow a different pattern, are encouraged to contact the committee chair to review their standing and discuss their eligibility for the Kranzberg Fellowship.)
A complete application should be sent to each member of the Kranzberg selection committee. The application materials should include the following:
A curriculum vitae (all applications must be in English)
A 3–5 page (750–1250 word) summary or abstract of the proposed dissertation. In this summary, applicants should describe how their research contributes to the history of technology.
A 1–2 page (250–500 word) description of how the applicant intends to use the funds;
A letter of recommendation from the student's dissertation director. This letter should also attest that the student is currently enrolled and in good standing at a recognized university graduate program, and will complete all requirements for the doctorate except the dissertation by 1 September.
All application materials, including the letter of recommendation, should be in English and should be in the hands of each member of the committee by 15 April. Submissions by email attachment are acceptable. The committee is charged with selecting the most promising proposal from among those submitted.
2013 Kranzberg Fellowship Committee
Janet Abbate, Chair (2011-13) email@example.com Associate Professor
Dept. of Science and Technology in Society
Virginia Tech Northern Virginia Center
7054 Haycock Road
Falls Church, VA 22043
Thomas Kaiserfeld (2012-2014) Thomas.firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor, Division of History of Ideas and Sciences
Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences
S-223 62 Lund, Sweden
Pamela W. Laird (2012-2014), email@example.com
Professor, History Department
Campus Box 182, PO Box 173364
University of Colorado Denver
Denver, CO 80217-3364 USA
Gijs Mom (2013-15) G.P.A.Mom@tue.nl
School of Innovation Sciences,
IPO 2.23 Eindhoven University of Technology
P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven,
For more information, please contact the committee chair or Bernie Carlson, SHOT Secretary, 434.987.6230, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previous Recipients of the Kranzberg Fellowship
Felipe Fernandes Cruz, “Flight of the Toucans: Culture and Technology in the Brazilian Airspace”
Laura Ann Twagira, "Women and Gender in the Office du Niger (Mali): Technology, Environment, and Food, c. 1900-1985"
Lino Camprubi, "Political Engineering: the History of a Dictatorial State Through Science, Technology, and the Landscape (Spain, 1939-1959)"
Bernard Geoghegan, "Theaters of Information: Media, Sites, and Cultures of Postwar Communication Sciences, 1948-1967"
Robert C. Gardner, "Growing Trees in the Sand Hills: The Nature and Culture of a Technological Forest"
Etienne S. Benson, “Spying on the Wild: Science,Surveillance,and Survival in Cold War America”
Mara Mills, “The Dead Room: Deafness and Modern Communications Technologies”
Alan D. Meyer, "Why Fly? A Social and Cultural History of Private Aviation in Post-World War II America, 1945-1985"
Tanya Sheehan, "'Doctor Photo': Portrait Photography as Medicine in Late Nineteenth-Century American Culture"
Matthew Sneddon, "Exhibiting Real America: History and Heritage in Museums of Science, Technology, and Industry"
Libby J. Freed
Alexander Magoun, "Shaping the Sound of Music: The Evolution of the Phonograph Record"
Gary L. Frost
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