Applications for the 2020 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 in The New York Academy of Medicine Library. Fellows are required to make a public presentation about their project 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. Applicants should provide information in their proposals about the collection items they plan to use, either by including a bibliography of resources they intend to consult or discussing those items in detail in the context of the application essay.

Please note: If you are planning to submit a proposal for a project that relies heavily on 19th and 20th century serial publications or monographs published during the second half of the 20th century, please contact the Historical Collections Librarian by email at or call 212-822-7313 to discuss your project before your submit your application.  Changes in the Library that are scheduled to take place beginning in the second half of 2019 may affect researchers who work with those materials.

Application Process and Instructions

Please read the instructions below to assist you in completing the application form. If you have questions about the instructions, the application process, or the Library’s collections, please call 212-822-7313 or send email to Applicants are encouraged to call or email for more information about the collections. This is especially true at this moment, as there will be changes to the Library collections beginning in the second half of 2019.

A complete application includes: 

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”)

Letters of recommendation should be emailed as attachments to by the recommender, not by the applicant.


Current applications are for fellowships that may be used between January 1 and December 31, 2020. Applications are due by the end of the day on Friday, August 23, 2019. Letters of recommendation are due by the end of the day on Monday, August 26, 2019. Applicants will be notified of whether or not they have received a fellowship by Friday, October 4, 2019.

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 and December 31, 2020. The Klemperer Fellow is expected to spend at least four weeks in New York City, working at The New York Academy of Medicine Library. 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 Library. Copies of such publications should 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 

Tina Peabody, "Wretched Refuse: Garbage and the Making of New York"


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"