Value: $4200.00 (with additional funds available to cover select project expenses)
Application Deadline: Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 5:00pm.
The Museum of Health Care is accepting proposals for a resident 12-week summer research fellowship (June – September), which will investigate a topic relevant to the history of health and health care. The fellow will communicate the results of their research by posting updates via the Museum’s blog, producing a scholarly manuscript that will become part of the Museum’s collection, and giving a public lecture in the fall.
Topics of research should focus on artefacts in the Museum’s collections or key themes/developments/individuals in the history of health care. It must clearly relate to the history and/or science of health and health care.
A list of research topics of current interest to the Museum are:
- Topics in public health
- Technology in health care
- Effects of race, class, and/or gender on health and health care access
- History of dentistry
- A topic that marks a medical anniversary in the next five years (e.g. discovery of diphtheria toxoid in 1923, first administration of insulin to humans for treatment of diabetes in 1922)
Previous fellowship efforts, including full manuscripts and presentations, can be found here.
Candidates considering applying for the Fellowship may arrange an interview to discuss possible topics and their proposal prior to submission.
- Senior undergraduate students and recent graduates of Honours Bachelor, Master’s, or Ph.D. programs in any discipline are preferred. While the Fellow is not necessarily expected to reside in the Kingston area during the Fellowship, the ability to visit and/or work at the Museum will be considered an asset and the Fellow will be expected to interact regularly with Museum staff.
The goals of the fellowship are:
- to develop an appreciation of the value of the history of health care
- to become familiar with research methodology in the history of health care
- to gain experience in historical research in the history of health care
- to make a contribution towards understanding the artifacts in the Museum’s collection and its reference materials
- to understand the role of health care museums in the history of health care
- Engage in research that includes archival materials, artifacts from the Museum collection, and as appropriate, photographs, illustrations, and other visual materials.
- Post three blogs on a topic that arises from the research or offers an update on progress and, as appropriate, use other forms of social media to engage the public in the topic and research progress.
- Prepare a scholarly manuscript that is submitted by the end of the fellowship.
- Give a public presentation based on the manuscript and other research findings. The presentation could be a formal lecture, or any form of presentation of the material including an online exhibit, etc.
- Attend bi-weekly staff meetings in person or remotely, and check in regularly with the Project Supervisor and Museum staff
Applications must include:
- A letter of application explaining the candidate’s interest in the fellowship, detailing their suitability for the position, and noting their selected topic.
- An up-to-date CV including the candidate’s name, address, and contact information; education to date; previous employment experience; and other relevant activities.
- A brief research proposal (300-350 words), which describes the topic and proposed research plan, reasons for the candidate’s choice of this topic, and how the project would utilize the Museum’s collections, reference materials, and/or exhibits, and/or enhance the Museum’s educational programs.
- One academic letter of reference.
Submit your application package to:
Rowena McGowan, Curator
Museum of Health Care, Ann Baillie Building, 32 George Street
Kingston, ON | K7L 2V7
(NOTE: All digital applications MUST be submitted in .doc, .rtf, or .pdf format)
Applications must be received by Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 5:00pm.
Selection of the Fellow will be confirmed by Friday, June 10, 2022
For further inquiries, contact at 613-548-2419 or MUSEUM@kingstonhsc.ca.