History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine (HPSTM)

History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine (affectionately known as HiP-STeM) uses the tools and methods of the humanities (especially history and philosophy) to study the sciences understood as human endeavors. This includes historical evolution and context; conceptual foundations and puzzles; theories, methods, and claims to knowledge; institutions, material practices, and social structures, past and present.

Duke HPSTM incorporates science, technology, engineering, medicine, and mathematics. We promote universal ownership of the sciences as shared cultural inheritance through encouragement and support of HPSTM in research and in teaching across the academy.

On this website you can find information about events, people and units across campus that connect or relate to HPSTM.

Please send information about additional events to katherine.brading@duke.edu.


Upcoming Events

Call for Fellowship Applications: 

Application Deadline: January 25, 2021

The Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry at the Science History Institute is currently accepting applications for 2021-22 research fellowships. The Institute offers about 20 fellowships on an annual cycle for scholars whose research would benefit from the use of their collections.

The Center for the Historical Research offers:

  • Postdoctoral fellowships (2 years)
  • Dissertation fellowships for Ph.D. candidates, (9 months) 
  • Short-term research fellowships for researchers at all career levels (1-4 months)
  • Distinguished Fellowships for established and senior scholars specifically researching the history of the chemical and molecular sciences (a Spring or Fall semester, 4 months)

The postdoctoral, PhD, and short-term research fellowships are open to scholars in any field whose projects would make substantial use of our collections, including the history and social study of science, food science, medicine, technology, women in science, environment, business, and art. 

For more information, including a comprehensive guide for applicants and FAQ, visit www.sciencehistory.org/fellowships.

For additional questions, contact fellowships@sciencehistory.org.