Category Archives: Funding & Awards

Kantor Fellowship Deadline Looms

J. R. Kantor lecturingThe J.R. Kantor fellowship is intended to assist in research at the Archives of the History of American Psychology (AHAP) at the University of Akron in Ohio. It provides $1000 to help defray travel and accommodation costs. Here is what the AHAP website says about the award:

Kantor Fellowship Application: Download the J.R. Kantor Research Fellowship application. Deadline to apply is June 15, 2009. Call 330-972-7285 or email for further information. This Fellowship honors the memory of Jacob Robert Kantor (1888-1984) and his interest in the history of psychology. Professor Kantor sought to organize scientific values into a coherent framework by replacing mentalistic concepts with those derived from naturalistic observations. These priorities suggest that proposals might deal with the history of various versions of behaviorism, as well as with subjects such as instinct, intelligence, language, or memory; but proposals are welcome on any topic relating to the evolution of scientific psychology.

Although it says the deadline is June 15th here, in a recent e-mail to the Cheiron list, AHAP’s director, David Baker, said that the deadline was June 26th. I am currently seeking to confirm that date.

UPDATE: Yes, David Baker confirms that the deadline has been extended to June 26.

PhD in History of Asperger’s and Autism

Breaking News: The University of Groningen has announced that a 4-year research grant will be provided for a student of non-Dutch nationality to study the history of Asperger’s Syndrome. The position, leading to a dissertation about “the proliferation of Asperger’s Syndrome,” will be in the Theory & History of Psychology section of the Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Application details are here. (The deadline is October 27.)

Psychiatry, Pharmaceutical Funding, and Congress

This item comes more from the category of history-in-the-making, rather than history proper.

The New York Times has just published an article on just how extensive the financial ties are between the pharmaceutical industry and the American Psychiatric Association (APA). According to the article, nearly 1/3 of the APA’s budget comes directly from the pharmaceutical industry, in the form of journal ads, convention exhibits, and the sponsoring of fellowships, conferences, and symposia. Continue reading Psychiatry, Pharmaceutical Funding, and Congress

Cundill International Prize in History unveiled

F. Peter CundillPeter Cundill, the Canadian investment manager rumored to be Warren Buffett’s heir-apparent at Berkshire Hathaway, has established a lucrative new literary honor designed to shine a light on the genre of non-fiction history writing: the Cundill International Prize in History.

In addition to presenting one author with $75,000 US for publishing a historical book (published in English or French) deemed “to have a profound literary, social and academic impact,” the prize will also offer two “recognition of excellence” awards of $10,000 US each.

The deadline for book submissions is June 30. A short-list of nominees will be announced in October. The awards ceremony will be held at McGill on November 25th. Continue reading Cundill International Prize in History unveiled

Levinson Prize in Technology and Culture

The Samuel Eleazar and Rose Tartakow Levinson Prize is awarded each year for a single-authored, unpublished essay in the history of technology that explicitly examines, in some detail, a technology or technological device or process within the framework of social or intellectual history. It is intended for younger scholars and new entrants into the profession. Manuscripts already published or accepted for publication are not eligible. Continue reading Levinson Prize in Technology and Culture

Eggertsen Prize in History of Education

The History of Education Society is accepting submissions for the Claude A. Eggertsen Prize for the dissertation judged to be the most outstanding in the field of History of Education. This includes work on schooling and educational institutions more broadly, and the dissertation may have a domestic or international focus. The next award will be presented at the fall 2008 meeting of the History of Education Society. The prize carries an award of $1,000 for the winner. Continue reading Eggertsen Prize in History of Education

Fellowship for Research at AHAP

David B. BakerThe Archives of the History of American Psychology is now accepting applications for the 2008 J. R. Kantor Research Fellowship.

Fellows are expected to utilize the resources of the Archives of the History of American Psychology (AHAP) in support of a program of research and scholarship in the history of psychology. Preference will be given to applicants who have received the doctoral degree within the last five years. The award is intended to assist with travel and living expenses, up to $1,000, for on-site research at the AHAP. Complete details including application forms are available on the AHAP website at

Dissertation Fellowship for Histories of Technology

Are you — or one of your students — working on a history of psychological technologies? If so, here’s good news: the Melvin Kranzberg Dissertation Fellowship is presented annually to a doctoral student engaged in the preparation of a dissertation on the history of technology, broadly defined. This award is in memory of the co-founder of the Society for the History of Technology and honors Melvin Kranzberg’s many contributions to developing the history of technology as a field of scholarly endeavor and SHOT as a professional organization. Continue reading Dissertation Fellowship for Histories of Technology

CUNY/Leon Levy Foundation create Biography Center

Leon LevyThe New York Times is reporting that the Graduate Center of the City University of New York has plans for a new institution devoted to “the art and scholarship of biography.”

Financed by a $3.7 million gift from the Leon Levy Foundation, the new center will offer four fellowships for this fall to academics and others who are working on biographies, as well as two fellowships to graduate students at CUNY who are writing biographical dissertations. Next year the center will add two more fellowship slots.

The new center will be co-directed by Nancy Milford and David Nasaw and will sponsor an annual conference. Continue reading CUNY/Leon Levy Foundation create Biography Center

Neil Sutherland Prize for Histories of Childhood

This award honours the pioneering work of Canadian historian Neil Sutherland in the history of children and youth by recognizing outstanding contributions to the field. An award of $200 CDN accompanies the prize to be given out on a biennial basis under the auspices of the History of Children and Youth Group, affiliated committee of the Canadian Historical Association. The first prize will be awarded in conjunction with the 2008 meeting of the Canadian Historical Association at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Articles in any area pertaining to the history of children and youth published in scholarly journals and books between January 2006 and December 2007 will be eligible for consideration for the prize. There are no restrictions on time periods or national/international context. Award winners will demonstrate originality of scholarship and clear contribution to our understanding of the history of young people. Continue reading Neil Sutherland Prize for Histories of Childhood