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December 14th, 2016

Fellowship Opportunity: THE IEEE HISTORY CENTER


The IEEE History Center offers two programs of support annually for scholars pursuing the history of electrical engineering and computing:  An internship for an advanced undergraduate, graduate student, or recent Ph.D., and a dissertation fellowship for an advanced graduate student or recent Ph.D.  The internship and the dissertation fellowship are funded by the IEEE Life Members Committee.  The internship requires residence at the IEEE History Center, on the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, USA; there is no residency requirement for the dissertation fellowship.


The Fellowship supports one year of full-time graduate work in the history of electrical science and technology or closely related field at a college or university of recognized standing, or up to one year of post-doctoral research for a scholar in this field who has received his or her Ph.D. within the past four years. Recipients are normally expected to take up the Fellowship in the July of the year that it is awarded.   The stipend is $17,000, with a research budget of up to $3,000. The IEEE Fellowship in History of Electrical and Computing Technology is funded by the IEEE Life Members’ Committee.

Candidates with undergraduate degrees in engineering, the sciences, or the humanities/social sciences are eligible for the fellowship. For pre-doctoral applicants, however, the award is conditional upon the candidate’s good standing in an appropriate in an appropriate PhD granting graduate program. In addition, pre-doctoral recipients may not concurrently hold other fellowships, but they may earn up to $10,000 for work that is directly related to their graduate studies. Pre-doctoral fellows must pursue full-time graduate work and evidence of satisfactory academic performance is required. These restrictions do not apply to post-doctoral applicants. Post-doctoral applicants must be no more than four years from the award of their PhD on the date the application is due. The Fellow is selected on the basis of the candidate’s potential for pursuing research in, and contributing to, electrical, engineering and/or computing history.  Applicants pursuing technical topics should demonstrate they possess the necessary skills, for example: knowledge of programming languages or mathematical discipline. Such knowledge can be demonstrated through course work or experience.

Complete information and application forms are available online at http://www.ieee.org/web/aboutus/history_center/about/fellowship.html.  The deadline for completed applications is 1 February 2017.  Inquiries can also be sent to ieee-history@ieee.org.


Scholars near the beginning of their career studying the history of electrical technology and computing and related fields are invited to contact the Center to be considered for a paid Internship at the Center’s offices on the campus of Stevens Institute of technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, USA.

The intern program seeks to provide research experience for young scholars (generally advance undergraduates or beginning graduate students) in the history of technology, while enlisting their help for the Center’s projects. The Intern generally works full-time for two months at the History Center on a Center project that is connected to his or her own area of interest. This time is usually during the summer, but other arrangements will be considered.  Interns are also encouraged to consult with the Center’s staff and its associates, and guided to research resources in the area. The stipend paid to the intern is US$5,000.  This internship is supported by the IEEE Life Members Committee, and was recently enhanced by a gift from Emerson Pugh.

There is no formal application form.  To apply, please email a curriculum vitae showing your studies in electrical history or related field, a three- to five-page page writing sample, and a cover letter describing the sort of project you would be interested in doing and why it would benefit from being conducted at the IEEE History Center.  Complete information is available at http://www.ieee.org/about/history_center/internship.html.

The Center can be contacted at: IEEE History Center, S. C. Williams Library 350, 1 Castle Point Terrace, Hoboken, NJ   07030, ieee-history@ieee.org, +1 732 562 5450

IEEE and Stevens Institute of Technology are AA/EO employers.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply for all positions. The IEEE History Center is cosponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)—the world’s largest professional technical society—, and Stevens Institute of technology, The Innovation University (although the position is through IEEE).  The mission of the Center is to preserve, research, and promote the legacy of electrical engineering and computing.