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The NASA Fellowship

The NASA Fellowship in the History of Space Technology, offered by SHOT and supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) History Division, will, funding pending, fund one predoctoral or postdoctoral fellow for up to one academic year to undertake a research project related to the history of space technology. The fellowship may support advanced research related to all aspects of space history, leading to publications on the history of space technology broadly considered, including cultural and intellectual history, institutional history, economic history, history of law and public policy, and history of engineering and management.

The fellowship carries a stipend of $17,000, paid quarterly. Funds may not be used to support tuition or fees. The NASA Fellow will also receive complimentary SHOT membership for the year of fellowship. The Fellow will be offered opportunities to present research results at SHOT's annual meeting, in SHOT's newsletter, in the electronic version of Technology and Culture, through the SHOT web site, or other outlets as appropriate. Fellows will carry out their research projects using personal office space, equipment, and supplies.

Applicants must possess a doctorate in history of technology or in a closely related field, or be enrolled as a student in a doctoral degree program and have completed all requirements for the Ph.D., except the dissertation, in history of technology or a related field. Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens.

Obligations of the Recipient

  1. The recipient shall engage in research in the history of space technology for nine months, normally August-May, but within the period from 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015.
  2. While on fellowship tenure, a fellow shall devote his/her efforts largely to the research program.
  3. The fellow shall provide to the NASA History Office a copy of any publications that emerge from the research undertaken during the fellowship year.
  4. Fellows will be expected to present at least one paper or public lecture on the findings of their research during their fellowship year.
  5. The Fellow will write a report detailing his or her activities during the year at the term's conclusion.

Other Terms

  1. Accepting the fellowship incurs no obligations to NASA or SHOT regarding publication of research results.
  2. No commitment with regard to later employment--on the part of either the recipient of a fellowship, or SHOT, or the supporting NASA office--is implied by acceptance of an award.

Deadline, Submission Information, and Notification

The deadline for application is 1 April, and the fellowship winner will be notified by 15 May, pending funding. Proposals will be evaluated in terms of scholarly merit and promise relative to the subject of the history of space technology, completeness, reasonableness, likelihood for successful performance, and insight. Special consideration shall be given to proposals that indicate specific methodologies and consideration of all the steps involved in preparing an academic manuscript for publication.

Application forms are available in PDF. Please note that as part of your application, you will need to submit a full curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation, and a research proposal of not more than six pages, double-spaced. Questions may be addressed to SHOT secretary David Lucsko, shotsec@auburn.edu. Application materials should be sent electronically to each of the members of the NASA Fellowship committee, listed below, no later than April 1.

Resources

The NASA Fellowship in the History of Space Technology is designed to promote the study of the history of space technology broadly conceived, including its technical, cultural, social, institutional and personal context, over the 50 years since NASA's founding. A significant portion of NASA's $17 billion budget today goes for technology development in human and robotic spaceflight. Historical studies of space technology can not only document and analyze the past, but also illuminate current programs and provide input for the future. Studies of space technology are listed at the NASA History Office web site http://history.nasa.gov. Among resources available are the NASA archives, with materials on history of NASA programs, institutions, and personnel. For more information, see the NASA History web site at http://www.nasa.gov.

2014 NASA Fellowship Committee

Monique Laney (2014-2016)
Program Assistant
National Air and Space Museum
Smithsonian Institution
P.O. Box 37012
Lectures & Seminars, MRC 310
Washington, DC 20013-7012
laney.monique@gmail.com
Joe November (2012-2014)
University of South Carolina
Department of History
817 Henderson St.
Gambrell Hall, Room 245
Columbia, SC 29208
november@sc.edu

 

Asif Siddiqi, Chair (2013-2015)
Professor of History
Fordham University
441 E. Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458
siddiqi@fordham.edu

 
 
 


Previous Recipients of the NASA Fellowship

2013   Margaret A. Rosenburg
2011
  Robert MacGregor
2010
  James L. Johnson
2009
  Monique Laney
2008
  Timothy Stoneman

For more information, please contact the committee chair or David Lucsko, SHOT Secretary, shotsec@auburn.edu.
 

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