Fellowships in Aerospace History
Pending renewal of funding, the Fellowships in Aerospace History are offered annually by the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) to support significant scholarly research projects in aerospace history. These fellowships grant the 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. NASA provides funds to the American Historical Association, the History of Science Society, and the Society for the History of Technology to allow each association to award a fellowship. Applications will be entered into consideration for all three fellowships.
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. Preference will be given to scholars at early stages in their careers. Stipends may be awarded only to US citizens or permanent residents.
The fellowship term is for a period of at least six months, but not more than nine months, and should commence no later than January 2018. The fellow will be expected to devote the term entirely to the proposed research project. Residency is not required, but office space may be provided by the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress upon request for a minimum of three months. 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.
The fellow will be expected to write a report and present a public lecture on the fellowship experience. If the fellow is in residency in Washington, DC, a presentation at NASA headquarters is encouraged. The fellow shall provide to the NASA History Office a copy of any publications that might emerge from the research undertaken during the fellowship year.
The stipend is $21,250 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.
Click the “Apply Here” button for the application. 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, and should include:
- Applicant’s CV
- A proposal of not more than 10 pages (double-spaced)
- describing your qualifications for a fellowship
- detailing briefly the research project you propose to undertake
- relating your anticipated experiences as a fellow to your goals
- 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
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2016 NASA Fellowship
Greg Eghigian, After the Flying Saucers Arrived: A History of the Rise and Fall of the UFO and Alien Contact Phenomenon
This work will represent the first English-language monograph on extraterrestrial contact by an academic historian since 1975. It will also be the first to contextualize the topic as a global phenomenon. Eghigian argues that Cold War–era reports of UFO and alien contact channeled more complex cultural concerns and developments than previously believed, raising new questions about the human relationship with science and technology.