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2008–09 Fellowship in the History of Space Science

Date Posted: 10/03/2007

The History of Science Society Fellowship in the History of Space Science, supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) History Division, funds a nine-month research project that is related to any aspect of the history of space science, from the earliest human interest in space to the present. The program is broadly conceived and includes the social, cultural, institutional and personal context of space-science history. Proposals of advanced research in history related to all aspects of the history of space science are eligible. Sciences of space and sciences affected by data and concepts developed in connection with space exploration include astronomy, Earth science, optics, meteorology, oceanography, and physiology. The fellowship is open to applicants who hold a doctoral degree in history or a closely related field, or students who have completed all requirements for the Ph.D., except the dissertation, in history of science or a related field. The stipend is $17,000 US; the fellowship term is nine months and must fall within the period of 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009. Go to http://hssonline.org for further information and an application form. The deadline for applications is 3 March 2008.

What is Space Science?

The history of space science predates the founding of NASA. For example, the organizers of the International Geophysical Year (1957-1958) realized the important contributions spacecraft data could make to science, and the launch of Explorer I in 1958 demonstrated that feasibility with its discovery of the Van Allen radiation belts. In addition, scientific questions that motivated spaces sciences and scientific principles from which it evolved have even earlier roots.

Sciences of space and sciences affected by data and concepts developed in connection with space exploration include astronomy, Earth science, optics, meteorology, oceanography, and physiology. Space science has implications for our understanding of the moon and planets, fields and particles in space, celestial bodies beyond the solar system such as stars and galaxies, the Earth itself, and the life sciences, especially exobiology. Some works on space science are listed at the NASA History Office Web site: http://history.nasa.gov/on-line.html.

OBLIGATIONS OF THE RECIPIENT

1. The recipient shall engage in space science research for nine months, normally August-May, but within the period from 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009.

2. While receiving the stipend, the fellow shall devote his/her efforts largely to the research program.

3. The Fellow shall provide to the NASA History Office a copy of any publications that emerge from the research undertaken during the fellowship year.

4. The Fellow will be responsible for office space, equipment, and supplies.

5. The Fellow will be expected to present a paper or public lecture on the findings of the research.

6. The Fellow will write a report at the term’s conclusion.

7. By accepting the fellowship, the recipient incurs no obligations to NASA or HSS as regards future publications.

Eligibility
Applicants must possess a doctorate degree in history of science or in a closely related field, or be enrolled as a student in a doctoral degree-granting program and have completed all requirements for the Ph.D., except the dissertation, in history of science or a related field. Eligibility is not limited to U.S. citizens or residents.

Term and Stipend
The Fellowship term is for a period of nine months. The Fellow will be expected to devote the term largely to the proposed research project. The stipend is $17,000 for a nine-month fellowship during the period 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009. The starting and ending dates within that period are flexible. Funds may not be used to support tuition or fees. Sources of anticipated support must be listed in the application form.

Application
The applicant must complete an application form and offer a specific and detailed research proposal that will be the basis of the Fellow's research during the term.

Please Note:
-Submit your completed original application plus 3 copies (each copy should contain an application form, proposal, and CV collated).
-Fill in the application form on your computer or with a typewriter and use an additional sheet if necessary (e.g., names of references for the letters of recommendation). Applicants are responsible for gathering the letters of recommendations and sending them in their sealed envelopes to the address below. The letters should address the historical competence of the applicant, his/her ability to use historical concepts and methods, and his/her ability to communicate.

Deadline, Submission Information, and Notification
Applications must be received by 3 March 2008.

Submit to: History of Space Science Fellowship, History of Science Society, PO Box 117360, 3310 Turlington Hall (for courier delivery), University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-7360. Notification: The names of the winner and an alternate will be announced in early May 2008.

Resources
Among the resources available to historians of space are the NASA Archives. These include materials related to the International Geophysical Year and NASA missions, as well as to the history of the institution itself. NASA's History Office is dedicated to documenting and preserving the agency's history. More information, including a list of some works on the history of space science, is available at: http://history.nasa.gov/.

NASA's space science programs today are managed by the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) at NASA Headquarters, and carried out by its Goddard Spaceflight Center and Jet Propulsion Laboratory. More details are available at http://www.nasa.gov/missions/science/index.html, including a list of all current NASA missions.

For on line application form go to: http://www.hssonline.org/about/society_NASAfellow_app1.pdf

Further Information:

http://www.hssonline.org/about/society_NASAFellowship.html
http://history.nasa.gov/on-line.html
http://www.nasa.gov/missions/science/index.html

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