Fellowship in Aerospace History

The Fellowship in Aerospace History is offered annually by the the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) and the American Historical Association to support a significant scholarly research project in aerospace history. It will provide a fellow with an opportunity to engage in significant and sustained advanced research in all aspects of the history of aerospace from the earliest human interest in flight to the present, including cultural and intellectual history, economic history, history of law and public policy, and the history of science, engineering, and management.


Applicants must possess a PhD in history or in a closely related field, or be enrolled as a student (having completed all coursework) in a doctoral degree-granting program.

Fellowship Term

The fellowship term is for a period of at least six months, but not more than nine months, and should commence no later than November 15, 2015. The fellow will be expected to devote the term entirely to the proposed research project. Office space is not provided with the fellowship and residency is not required; however, fellows are encouraged to take advantage of resources at the National Archives, the National Academies of Science, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, NASA Headquarters, and other collections in the Washington, DC, area.

Other Requirements

At the term’s conclusion, the fellow will be expected to write a report and to present a paper or a public lecture on the fellowship experience.


The stipend is $20,000 for a six- to nine-month fellowship, which includes travel expenses. The fellowship income is classified as stipendiary—there are no provisions for paying fringe benefits or withholding taxes—and will be disbursed in equal payments over the term of the fellowship. Funds may not be used to support tuition or fees. A fellow may not hold other major fellowships or grants during the fellowship term, except sabbatical and supplemental grants from their own institutions, and small grants from other sources for specific research expenses. Sources of anticipated support must be listed in the application form.

To Apply

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. Completed applications are due April 1, 2016, and should include:

  • An Application Cover Sheet (Fill in the application cover sheet PDF on your computer and include with your other application materials. Note: You must first save the application form onto your computer before filling in the form, otherwise your completed data will not be saved.)

  • Applicant’s CV

  • A proposal of not more than 10 pages (double-spaced)
    1. describing your qualifications for a fellowship
    2. detailing briefly the research project you propose to undertake
    3. relating your anticipated experiences as a fellow to your goals
    4. indicating clearly why NASA is the appropriate place to conduct the proposed research

  • Optional: No more than 10 pages of any additional writings (material cannot be returned)

  • At least two and not more than four letters of recommendation that address the historical competence of the applicant, his/her ability to apply historical concepts and methods to aerospace science, technology, management or policy, and his/her ability to communicate both orally and in writing

Deadline, Submission Information, and Notification

The AHA has partnered with Interfolio to manage our fellowship application process. Applying through Interfolio is FREE for applicants. When submitting an application, if you don't already have an account with Interfolio, you will be asked to set up an account and create a password, but you will NOT be charged any fee to create the account. Application instructions are available by clicking on the box to the left. Applications must be submitted through Interfolio by April 1 each year. Mailed, e-mailed, or faxed applications will not be accepted. Names of the winner and alternate will be announced in June.

Please contact awards@historians.org with any questions.