Karen Buhler-Wilkerson Faculty Research Fellowship For Historical Research in Nursing



Directions for Applicants

The Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing offers a fellowship of up to $4,000 to faculty from all disciplines from colleges and universities, to support historical research in nursing and healthcare. Selection of faculty fellows will be based on evidence of preparation and/or productivity in historical research related to nursing and healthcare. It is expected that the research produced by Buhler-Wilkerson fellows will help ensure the growth of scholarly work focused on the history of nursing and healthcare. Buhler-Wilkerson fellows will participate in Center activities, provide a brief written summary of their research, and, if feasible, will present their research at a Center seminar.

Recipients of the award from international institutions must comply with U.S. State Department, University of Pennsylvania, and School of Nursing regulations.

The Center’s collections are searchable through http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/history

For all applicants

Within one year of receiving the fellowship, please submit a report [no more than 500 words] for possible publication in the Center’s Chronicle.

  1. How did you get interested in this topic?
  2. In what ways did your Bates Center fellowship advance your topic?
  3. What did you find most interesting or useful in the Bates Center’s collections?
  4. What are your next steps to finish your project, or how did this project situate you for your next project?

Deadline for submission of applications: February 1, 2017. Date of awards: March 31, 2017.


The application should be sent via e-mail to historyfellowships@nursing.upenn.edu. The application is not complete until you receive an email confirming that it has been received. If you do not receive this confirmation within one week, please call 215-898-4502.

The application should not exceed 6 double-spaced pages. The outline below specifies the information which should be included in your application.

  1. Begin with a concise statement of the research that you wish to do in the Center.
  2. Create a narrative describing your project placed within the context of the present state of historical knowledge. This narrative should include background, sources, appropriate citations, and other research support.
  3. Explain, if appropriate, the parts of the Center’s collections that you will use to achieve your aims. The Center’s collections are searchable through www.nursing.upenn.edu/history.
  4. Outline and itemize budget detailing the ways that you will be using the fellowship and briefly justify the items.
  5. Please attach your current CV to your application. Your CV is not included in the page count.

International Visitors: Please submit the School of Nursing Global Health International Visitors Application in addition to all of the items listed above.