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Mellon Travel Fellowships

Through a generous endowment provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the History of Science Department and the History of Science Collections, the University of Oklahoma offers a travel fellowship program for visitors to make use of its resources for research in the History of Science. The Andrew W. Mellon Travel Fellowship Program is intended to assist scholars at both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral levels.

The program is designed to provide travel expenses and a reasonable per diem to researchers who reside outside the central Oklahoma area, and who have well-defined research projects that can be served by the holdings of the History of Science Collections. Support is available for qualifying projects for periods ranging from two to eight weeks.   Although there is no limitation on the subject field of investigation, applicants must demonstrate the utility of materials in the History of Science Collections.

Fellowship projects may be scheduled for any time of the year when the Collections are open. Applicants preparing proposals are encouraged to contact the History of Science Collections Research Coordinator JoAnn Palmeri.

Fellowship Proposal Requirements

Section One. The application form.
Complete the application form (pdf). This is the first section of your proposal.

Section Two. A curriculum vitae.
Include a cv, with a list of your scholarly publications and activities, as the second section of the proposal.

Section Three. Description of the research proposal.
This section should include:

  • a narrative of your proposed project, not to exceed 1000 words, that discusses its relationship to previous and current scholarship in the field.
  • a bibliography of relevant materials that require consultation at the History of Science Collections. Applicants should consult reference materials, including the University Libraries’ online catalog, and may confer with the Curator or Librarian for assistance. Search our online catalog, “Discover Local” at

Section Four. References.

  • Two letters of recommendation from persons qualified to judge your research skills in the proposed area and the scholarly significance of your research project. Pre-doctoral applicants will normally be expected to request letters from the project supervisor and a member of the doctoral or masters committee. Letters of recommendation should be requested well in advance.

Evaluation of Proposals

Proposals are evaluated on an on-going basis. Applicants are encouraged to consider the fellowship program as a means of supplementing the partial funding which they may be able to obtain from their own institutions or other sources, so that program funds can be extended to as many interested scholars as possible.  

In general, fellowship applications are evaluated under the following three criteria:

  • the significance of the proposed project
  • the applicant’s ability to complete the proposed project
  • the appropriateness of the proposed project to the resources of the History of Science Collections

The selection process is competitive and all three criteria are considered very carefully. Because the Travel Fellowship Program is specifically designed to encourage use of Collections materials, the third criterion is especially important.

International Applicants

We advise applicants from abroad to review the University of Oklahoma’s procedures and policies relating to international travel during the application process. General information can be found on this page.  Key documents to review include 

  1. J-1 EXCHANGE VISITOR BROCHURE (pdf) - provides overview for J1 exchange visitors
  2. J-1 MEDICAL HEALTH INSURANCE REQUIREMENT (pdf) - highlights medical insurance requirement
  3. HR2019 REQUEST FOR EXCHANGE VISITOR (pdf) - note English proficiency requirement for J1 exchange visitors, page 3