The NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine provides up to $10,000 to support research in the historical collections of the National Library of Medicine. The collections 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. NLM historical collections span ten centuries, encompass a variety of digital and physical formats, and originate from nearly every part of the globe.
Fellowships will be awarded to individual applicants, not to institutions, to help offset the costs associated with visiting and using the NLM historical collections during the calendar year following the application and selection. Fellowship awards may not be used for institutional costs or overhead (e.g. clerical costs, supplies, or other attendant project expenses).
The Fellowship was established in 2016 and is supported by a generous gift from The DeBakey Medical Foundation.