Fellowship in Aerospace History Recipients
The Fellowships in Aerospace History, supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), annually fund research projects for six to nine months. Proposals for advanced research in history related to all aspects of aerospace, from the earliest human interest in flight to the present, are eligible, including cultural and intellectual history, economic history, history of law and public policy, and history of science, engineering, and management. The fellowships are open to applicants who already hold a doctoral degree in history or a closely related field, as well as those who have completed all course work for a doctoral degree-granting program. Preference is given to scholars in early stages of their careers. NASA provides funds to the American Historical Association, the History of Science Society (HSS), and the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) to allow each association to award a fellowship. Previous AHA fellowship recipients are listed below. Previous recipients of the HSS and SHOT fellowships can be viewed on their respective websites.
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.