Applications for the 2018 fellowship are now closed.


The Paul Klemperer Fellowship in the History of Medicine supports research using Academy library resources for scholarly study of the history of medicine. It is intended specifically for a scholar in residence at the Academy Library.

The Klemperer Fellow is expected to spend at least four weeks in New York City, working at The New York Academy of Medicine. Fellows are required to present a seminar at the Academy, to contribute a post for our blog, and to submit a final report on work done at the Academy Library by the end of the award period.

Eligibility Requirements

We invite applications from anyone, regardless of citizenship, academic discipline, or academic status. Preference will be given to (1) those whose research will take advantage of resources that are uniquely available at NYAM, and (2) individuals in the early stages of their careers.

Application Process

Please read the instructions to assist you in completing the application form. Questions regarding the instructions or the application for fellowships in the Academy Library should be directed to 212-822-7313 or

A complete application includes: 
One copy of the materials requested in the application
Two letters of recommendation  
For instructions see below.

Please submit your application electronically:
Email your materials as attachments to
Attachments must be in Word, Adobe PDF, or Rich Text Format.
Please include the appropriate extension in filenames, (i.e. “SmithFellowshipApp.pdf”)


Current applications are for fellowships that may be used between January 1 and December 31, 2018. Applications are due by the end of the day on Friday, August 25, 2017. Letters of recommendation are due by the end of the day on Monday, August 28, 2017. Applicants will be notified of whether or not they have received a fellowship by Friday, October 6, 2017.

Award Information

Each Klemperer fellow receives a stipend of $5,000 to support travel, lodging and incidental expenses for a flexible period between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018. The Klemperer Fellow is expected to spend at least four weeks in New York City, working at The New York Academy of Medicine. Besides completing a research project, each fellow will be expected to make a public presentation at the Academy, contribute a post to our blog, and submit a final report.

The selection committee, comprising prominent historians and medical humanities scholars, will choose the fellow from the pool of applications. These fellowships are awarded directly to the individual applicant and not to the institution where he or she may normally be employed. None of the fellowship money is to be used for institutional overhead. There is a single application for the Klemperer and Helfand fellowships. Applicants do not need to specify for which award they are applying; the committee will make the decision about which fellowship would be most appropriate.


Any publications resulting from work supported by the Fellowships must acknowledge the assistance received from The New York Academy of Medicine. Copies of such publications must be submitted to the Academy Library.

Contact information

Historical Collections
The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029
Telephone: 212-822-7313

Current & Previous Recipients 

Andrew Seaton, "The British National Health Service in Anglo-American Debate, 1948 to the Present” 


Lauren MacIvor Thompson, "Suffrage is not the Goal: Medicine and Law in the Early Birth Control Movement"


Jaipreet Virdi-Dhesi, "Collegiality & Alliances: The Transforming Landscape of Otology and Hearing Loss, 1900-1950"


Heidi Knoblauch, "Medical Photography, Record Keeping and the Doctor Patient Relationship: The Photographic Department at Bellevue Hospital, 1868-1906"


Nick Wilding, "Reading William Harvey in Naples: the Loeb copy in context"


Benjamin Breen, "Tropical Transplantations: Medicine, Globalization and the Drug Trade in the Portuguese and British Empires, 1640-1750"


Katherine Arner, "Making Yellow Fever Atlantic: Relocating America in the Geopolitics of Disease and Disease Knowledge in the Atlantic World, 1790-1830"


Heiko Pollmeier, "The German Medical Community in New York City, 1857-1917. Networks -- Media -- Institutions."


Andrew Curran, "The Anatomy of Blackness: Preternatural Histories of the African in the French Enlightenment Life Sciences"


Adrienne Phelps Coco, "A Brooklyn Enigma: The Controversial Disabilities and Mystical Abilities of Mollie Fancher"


Delia Gavrus, "The Crisis in Neurology, 1920-1940: The Rhetoric of Therapeutic Superiority in the Construction of Professional Boundaries"


Frederick W. Gibbs, "The Natural Philosophy of Poison: Medical Treatises on Poison and Their Influence Circa 1300-1600"


Daniel Margocsy, “The Commerce of Natural Philosophy: Scientific Secrets in Early Modern Europe”


Britta McEwen, “Viennese Sexual Knowledge as Science and Social Reform Movement, 1900-1934”


Sarah Tracy, “From Vice to Disease: Alcoholism in America, 1870-1920”


Lynda Ellen Payne, "Bodysnatching, Dissecting, and the Sensibilities of Medical Men in Eighteenth-Century Britain"


Kenton Kroker, "The First Modern Plague? An Historical Examination of the Role of Epidemic Encephalitis in the Development of Neurology and Public Health in the United States, 1919-1939"


Carla Bittel, "'The Creation of a Scientific Spirit': Mary Putnam Jacobi and the Politics of Gender and Science in Late Nineteenth-Century New York"


Eric Schneider, "Drugs and Drug Use in Mid-Twentieth Century New York"