Needham Research Institute, Cambridge, U.K.


Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Research Fellowships for scholars from P.R. China

at the Needham Research Institute in Cambridge


The Needham Research Institute (NRI), home of the Science and Civilisation in China project provides scholars with excellent facilities for research into the history of science, technology and medicine in East Asia.


Funds granted by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation make it possible for the NRI to offer two 12 month fellowships to be taken up during 2004 for scholars working within the broad field of the history of science, technology and medicine in East Asia.  Applications must include CV and a description of the work that will be done during the period of the fellowship, together with two letters of recommendation from qualified persons.  The project description should indicate why it would be particularly helpful for the researcher to be able to work at the NRI. 


For those wishing to take up their fellowship in March 2004 the deadline for receipt of applications is 1 November 2003, and for the fellowship commencing in September 2004 the deadline is 1 April 2004.


The fellowship will meet the costs of return economy air travel to the UK, together with a grant adequate to cover living costs in Cambridge for one year.  In addition there will be some support for research expenses and travel for research purposes within the UK.


The successful applicant is likely to be a postgraduate student or post-doctoral by a few years.  They will have a level of spoken and written English that will enable them to interact with scholars in Cambridge from their arrival, since they will be expected to take an active part in the scholarly community at the NRI and participate not only in the regular weekly seminars and occasional workshops held at the Institute, but also attend seminars relevant to their subject which are held in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science and elsewhere in the University of Cambridge.


Please send applications and enquiries too:


The Administrator

Needham Research Institute,

8 Sylvester Road,

Cambridge CB3 9AF





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