The NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine provides individuals with up to $10,000 each to support research in the historical collections of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The Fellowship was established in 2016 through support from The DeBakey Medical Foundation.
The NLM collections span ten centuries, encompass a variety of digital and physical formats, and originate from nearly every part of the globe. They include the Michael E. DeBakey papers—representing the diverse areas in which DeBakey made a lasting impact, such as surgery, medical education, and health care policy—along with the papers of many other luminaries in science and medicine.
Supported research can take place onsite at the NLM as well as remotely using NLM digital resources. Understandably, the COVID-19 pandemic impacts the expectation of onsite research, and NLM expects flexibility in scheduling future visits when it reopens, or if the library needs to close again.
Support for research in collections that are intellectually related to those of the NLM will be considered, but the overall proposed research must be primarily rooted in the historical collections of the NLM.
For the 2023 cycle of the fellowship we welcome applicants justifying support for their research using the historical collections of the NLM based on needs such as:
- dedicated time to complete research and/or writing, including organizing, reviewing, and preparing collected research materials for a scholarly/interpretative publication.
- securing research and/or technical assistance for data and/or database analyses.
- analyzing and interrogating NLM's digitized collections, web archive collections and/or historical datasets.
- preparing an open-access scholarly/interpretative digital publication, including work associated with incorporating images, video, audio, and/or manipulatable element(s) intended to enhance access and understanding by readers.
- payment of reproduction and/or permission fees for images of unique or rare materials essential for the applicant's research.
We encourage applicants seeking support for digital and data-driven research to consult with the appropriate colleagues in their institution, or the CORE repository of Humanities Commons, to meet the terms of the NIH Public Access Policy for NIH supported work.