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.)
An application should include the following:
The deadline for applications was 15 April 2021. The call for applications for the 2022 Kranzberg Fellowship and a link to the online submission form will be posted here mid-February 2022.
You can submit your application via our online submission form. The link to the form will be posted here in due time. Please note that the letter of recommendation of the dissertation director may also be submitted separately.
It is possible to submit the letter of recommendation of the dissertation director separately.
In case you experience any problems with the online submission form please contact the SHOT secretariat. The Kranzberg Fellowship Committee is charged with selecting the most promising proposal from among those submitted. The Kranzberg Fellowship will be announced during the Awards Ceremony at the SHOT Annual Meeting. All applicants will be informed by the SHOT secretariat mid-August whether or not their application has been awarded the Kranzberg Fellowship.
|Babak Ashrafi, Chair (2019-2021)
Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine
|Sabine Höhler (2019-2021)
KTH – History of Science, Technology and Environment
|Laura Ann Twagira, (2021-2023)
Wesleyan University, History Department, African Studies, and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
For more information, please contact the SHOT secretariat at [email protected].
|2019||Salem Elzway, “Arms of the State: A History of the Industrial Robot in Postwar America”|
|2019||Samaa Elimam, “On Site: Engineering, Empire, and the Geography of the Nile Valley”|
|2018||Angélica Agredo Montealegre, “Road Construction and Maintenance in the Developing World: The Cases of Colombia, Argentina, French West Africa and the Algerian Sahara, 1950s-1960s”|
|2017||Adewumi Damilola Adebayo, “Electricity, Economy and Society in Southern Nigeria, 1896-1972”|
|2016||Nandita Badami, “Harnessing the Sun: Solar Technologies and the Politics of Energy in India, 1870-1990”|
|2015||Matthew Hockenberry, “Far Corners of the Earth: A Media History of Logistics, 1865-1969”|
|2014||Lisa Zivkovic, “The United States, France, and the Creation of the New Transnational Communications Network Infrastructure, 1960-2000”|
|2013||Elizabeth Reddy, “Seismic Politics: The Scientific Development of an Early Alert System Infrastructure in Mexico”|
|2012||Felipe Fernandes Cruz, “Flight of the Toucans: Culture and Technology in the Brazilian Airspace”|
|2011||Laura Ann Twagira, “Women and Gender in the Office du Niger (Mali): Technology, Environment, and Food, c. 1900-1985”|
|2010||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”|
|2007||Etienne S. Benson, “Spying on the Wild: Science,Surveillance,and Survival in Cold War America”|
|2006||Mara Mills, “The Dead Room: Deafness and Modern Communications Technologies”|
|2005||Alan D. Meyer, “Why Fly? A Social and Cultural History of Private Aviation in Post-World War II America, 1945-1985”|
|2004||Tanya Sheehan, “‘Doctor Photo’: Portrait Photography as Medicine in Late Nineteenth-Century American Culture”|
|2003||Matthew Sneddon, “Exhibiting Real America: History and Heritage in Museums of Science, Technology, and Industry”|
|2001||Libby J. Freed|
|1998||Alexander Magoun, “Shaping the Sound of Music: The Evolution of the Phonograph Record”|
|1997||Gary L. Frost|