The Audrey and William H. Helfand Fellowship in the History of Medicine and Public Health supports research using Academy Library resources for scholarly study of the history of medicine and public health with an emphasis on visual culture. It is intended specifically for a scholar in residence at the Academy Library. Preference will be given to applications which focus on the use of visual materials held in the Academy collections and in other area institutions.

The Helfand Fellow is expected to spend at least four weeks in New York City, working in The New York Academy of Medicine Library. Fellows are required to make a public presentation about their project at the Academy, to contribute a post for our blog, and to submit a final report on work done at the Academy Library by the end of the award period. Each Helfand Fellow receives a stipend of $5,000 to support travel, lodging and incidental expenses for a flexible period between January 1 and December 31, 2022.

Eligibility Requirements

We invite applications from anyone, regardless of citizenship, academic discipline, or academic status.

Preference will be given to (1) those whose research will take advantage of resources that are uniquely available at the Academy, (2) individuals in the early stages of their careers, and (3) applications which include an emphasis on the use of visual materials held within the Library’s collections and elsewhere. Applicants should provide information in their proposals about the collection items they plan to use, either by including a bibliography of resources they intend to consult or discussing those items in detail in the context of the application essay.


Current applications are for fellowships that may be used between January 1 and December 31, 2022. Applications are due by the end of the day on Friday, September 17, 2021. Letters of recommendation are due by the end of the day on Monday, September 20, 2021. Applicants will be notified of whether or not they have received a fellowship by Friday, October 22, 2021.

View the Helfand Fellowship website for more details. Email [email protected] with any questions.