Margaret Angus Research Fellowship Posting


2024 Margaret Angus Research Fellowship

Value: $4600.00 (paid in installments, with additional funds available to cover select project expenses)
Application Deadline: Friday, April 12, 2024 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 via the Museum’s blog, producing a scholarly manuscript that will become part of the Museum’s collection, and giving a public lecture in the fall.

Topics of research should focus on artefacts in the Museum’s collections or key themes/developments/individuals in the history of health care. It must clearly relate to the history and/or science of health and health care.

A list of research topics of current interest to the Museum are:

  •  LBGTQ2+ histories and issues as related to healthcare
  •  Public health
  •  Technology in health care
  •  Effects of race, class, and/or gender on health and health care access
  •  Patient experiences and patient-centred narratives
  •  A topic that marks a medical anniversary in the next five years
  •  Canadian health discoveries

** Preference will be given to projects that clearly indicate the role of the Museum of Health Care’s collection in the project

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

Candidates considering applying for the Fellowship may arrange a meeting to discuss possible topics and their proposal prior to submission.

  • Senior undergraduate students and recent graduates of Honours Bachelor, Master's, or Ph.D. 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 and the Fellow will be expected to interact regularly with Museum staff.


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 artifacts 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, artifacts from the Museum collection, and as appropriate, photographs, illustrations, and other visual materials.
  • Write three blogs, with accompanying audio transcripts, 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 (approximately1 hour in length), or any form of presentation of the material including an online exhibit, etc.
  • Produce quote for website on MARF experience and why it matters
  • Attend bi-weekly staff meetings in person or remotely, and check in regularly with the Project Supervisor and Museum staff

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:
Rowena McGowan, Curator
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 Friday, April 12, 2024 at 5:00pm. 
Selection of the Fellow will be confirmed by Friday, April 19, 2024

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


Special thanks to Ian M. Fraser and Janine M. Schweitzer for their generous support of the Fellowship this year.