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 $21,500, 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 website, 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.
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.
Effective 2017, SHOT, the History of Science Society (HSS), and the American Historical Association (AHA) are bringing their NASA Fellowship Committees together. Each society will continue to award a NASA Fellowship, but a committee consisting of one member from each organization will determine the winners of the three fellowships. For 2018-2020 Angelina Long Callahan ([email protected]) will represent SHOT in the AHA-HSS-SHOT committee.
The applicant must submit a completed application including a specific and detailed research proposal that will be the basis of the fellow’s research during the term.
The American Historical Association is handling the submission process. At the moment it is not possible to apply for the fellowship. Early 2020 information on the next deadline and a link to the online submission system will be posted here.
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 website 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 website at http://www.nasa.gov.
|2018||Rebecca A. Perry|
|2017||Alexander C.T. Geppert|
|2015||Lisa Ruth Rand|
|2014||Elizabeth A. Kessler|
|2013||Margaret A. Rosenburg|
|2010||James L. Johnson|
For more information, please contact the committee chair or Jan Korsten, SHOT Secretary, [email protected].