Agnodike Research Fellowship 2016 Competition

The Commission on Women and Gender Studies in History of Science, Technology and Medicine offers biannually a research travel fellowship of up to 1000€ to scholars who are either in their final stages of their doctoral research or in the early stages of their post-doctoral research but still within four years of receiving the PhD. The Agnodike, named after the first female physician and midwife in ancient Greece (4th c. BCE), is intended exclusively for transportation and accommodation expenses incurred by early career scholar who are conducting research in archives anywhere in the world. To be eligible, applicants must be in the early stages of their careers—within 4 years of receiving their PhDs. Eligibility is independent of gender, nationality, ethnicity or the location of the applicant’s academic institution or site of research. The Agnodike is offered globally but only on topics concerning women and gender studies in history of science, technology and medicine.  

The Commission requires an application in English consisting of a cover letter, a research proposal (1500 words or less, please), CV, and two letters of recommendation, one being from the PhD advisor. The research proposal should specify a work plan for the research during the fellowship period and the required travel. The awardee of the research grant will receive an invitation to present her/his work in the closest forthcoming symposium organized by the Commission. All applications must be submitted no later than June 30, 2016. The selection committee’s review will take into consideration the proposal’s quality, clarity, specificity, and alignment with the Commission’s focus on women and gender studies. Awards will be extended for use between Autumn 2016 and Autumn 2017.

The Commission on Women and Gender Studies in History of Science, Technology and Medicine was founded in 1981 by the General Assembly of the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST). The Commission promotes communication among scholars working on women’s history and gender studies in the history of science, technology and medicine and fosters research in these areas. The Commission sponsors symposia at the quadrennial International Congresses of the IUHPST’s Division of History of Science and Technology (DHST) and, in between the Congresses, further conferences on women and gender studies in history of science, technology, and medicine. For more information please visit our website, join our listserv, or or “like” our Facebook page,

Please direct your inquiries about the Agnodike fellowship and applications to the Secretary of the Commission, Dr Donald Opitz,