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The Kranzberg Fellowship

Melvin Kranzberg

Melvin Kranzberg

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.)

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A complete application should be sent to each member of the Kranzberg selection committee. The application materials should include the following:

  1. A curriculum vitae (all applications must be in English)
  2. 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.
  3. A 1-2 page (250-500 word) description of how the applicant intends to use the funds;
  4. 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.

At the moment it is not possible to apply. The next application deadline will be posted early 2020.

All application materials, including the letter of recommendation, should be in English and should be in the hands of each member of the committee. Submissions by email attachment are acceptable. The committee is charged with selecting the most promising proposal from among those submitted.

The Kranzberg Fellowship will be announce during the Awards Banquet 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.

2019 Kranzberg Fellowship Committee


Babak Ashrafi (2019-2021)
[email protected]

Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine
431 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia,PA 19106-2426
Glenn Bugos, Chair (2018-2020)
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188 King Street
Redwood City, California 94062-1940
Sabine Höhler (2019-2021)
[email protected]

History of Science, Technology and Environment
Teknikringen 74D, plan 5
10044 Stockholm
Joy Rohde (2018-2020)
[email protected]
University of Michigan
4211 Weill Hall
735 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan I 48109
Victor K. Seow (2017-2019)
[email protected]

Department of the History of Science
Harvard University
Science Center 371
1 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

For more information, please contact the committee chair or Jan Korsten, SHOT Secretary, [email protected].

Recipients of the Kranzberg Fellowship

2018Angélica Agredo Montealegre, “Road Construction and Maintenance in the Developing World: The Cases of Colombia, Argentina, French West Africa and the Algerian Sahara, 1950s-1960s”

2019 Samaa Elimam, “On Site: Engineering, Empire, and the Geography of the Nile Valley”
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”
2002 Judith Schueler
2001 Libby J. Freed
2000 Maril Hazlett
1999 Gerald Fitzgerald
1998 Alexander Magoun, “Shaping the Sound of Music: The Evolution of the Phonograph Record”
1997 Gary L. Frost