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The Lemelson Center Fellows Program

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 by in The OFI Blog |




The Lemelson Center Fellowship Program supports projects that present creative approaches to the study of invention and innovation in American society. These include, but are not limited to, historical research and documentation projects resulting in publications, exhibitions, educational initiatives, and multimedia products. The program provides access to the expertise of the Institution’s research staff and the vast invention and technology collections of the National Museum of American History (NMAH).

The Lemelson Center invites applications covering a broad spectrum of research topics that resonate with its mission to foster a greater understanding of invention and innovation, broadly defined. However, the Center especially encourages perfect proposals that will illuminate the role of women inventors; inventors with disabilities; inventors from diverse backgrounds; or any inventions and technologies associated with groups that are traditionally under-represented in the historical record.


The Center annually awards 2 to 3 fellowships to predoctoral graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and other professionals who have completed advanced training. Fellows are expected to reside in the Washington, DC area, to participate in the Center’s activities, and to make a presentation of their work to colleagues at the Museum.


Applications must be submitted via the SOLAA system by December 1, 2014. Reference letters must be uploaded to SOLAA by December 31, 2014. Fellowships will be announced in March 2015. Fellows may begin their residency at the Museum on or after June 1, 2015.

For a complete description of the fellowship opportunity, click here.