Margaret Angus Research Fellowship Posting

2021 Margaret Angus Research Fellowship


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Margaret Angus Research Fellowship 2021

Value: $4600.00 (with additional funds available to cover select project expenses)
Application Deadline: Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 5:00pm.

The Museum of Health Care is accepting proposals for a resident 16-week summer research fellowship (May-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 on a biweekly blog, producing a scholarly manuscript that will become part of the Museum’s collection, and giving a public lecture in the fall.

In the past, the Museum of Health Care has encouraged applications with a wide variety of topics. However, for the 2021 year, applicants are asked to have their proposal relate to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Topics could include (but are not limited):
• Collecting and archiving public information on COVID-19
• Past and current COVID-19 Framework changes
• Public perception of COVID-19
• Changes in daily life relating to COVID-19
• Sharing the ongoing history of COVID-19 in a Museum setting
• Comparing and/or drawing parallels between COVID-19 and other historical epidemic diseases (cholera, typhus, flu, etc.)
• Comparisons regarding COVID-19 and other public health matters

Previous fellowship efforts, including full manuscripts and presentations, can be found here.

Candidates considering applying for the Fellowship may arrange an interview with to discuss possible topics and their proposal prior to submission.

• Senior undergraduate students and recent graduates of Honours Bachelor, Master's or PhD 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.

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 artefacts in the Museum's collection and its reference materials
• to understand the role of health care museums in the history of health care 

Fellowship Expectations:
• Engage in research that includes archival materials, artefacts from the Museum collection, and as appropriate, photographs, illustrations, and other visual materials.
• Post a monthly blog 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, and check in regularly with the Project Supervisor

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.
• Two academic letters of reference.

Submit your application package to:
Dr. Ian Gemmill - Program Committee Chair and Project Supervisor
Museum of Health Care, Ann Baillie Building, 32 George Street
Kingston, ON | K7L 2V7
[email protected]

(NOTE: All digital applications MUST be submitted in .doc, .rtf, or .pdf format)

Applications must be received by Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 5:00pm. 
Selection of the Fellow will be confirmed by Wednesday, April 28, 2021.

For further inquiries, contact at 613-548-2419 or [email protected]