More and more museums are becoming aware of the importance of offering their collections to scholars for research. If you would like to immerse yourself in Science Museum’s (London) rich collections — with over 300.000 objects relating to science, technology and medicine — you can apply for one of their new Visiting Research Fellowships (£16,000 for eight months) or Short-Term Research Fellowship (£2,000 per month for a maximum of three months), which will be awarded in 2009-2011. More info from Peter Morris,  (no website info yet as far as I can see). Formalities below:

Applicants should send the museum their curriculum vitae, which should show their educational background, qualifications and major publications, with a covering letter, which should give the title of the proposed research, a brief explanation of why this research is appropriate for this Fellowship, and the names and addresses of two academic referees. Applicants should send a copy of their application to their chosen referees before submission, asking their referees to comment on the professional knowledge of the applicant and the contribution the proposed research would make to scholarship. They should tell their referees to send their references to the address below by Friday 16th January 2009. Applicants should also send an outline of the proposed research, not to exceed three pages of A4, with a timetable for its completion and proposals for the dissemination of the research. As there will not be a formal interview, applicants should ensure that they provide all the information needed to make a decision. A reprint of a recent scholarly publication would be helpful but is not essential.

The deadline for applications is Friday 9th January 2009 (the deadline has now been extended to 23 January). Send to Peter Morris, Science Museum, London SW7 2DD, UK.

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