Agnodike Travel Research Fellowships

2022–2023 Agnodike Fellows

The Commission is pleased to announce our 2022–2023 Agnodike Fellows.

Eleanor S. Armstrong, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Teaching and Learning, University of Stockholm
Project: “Unearthing Histories of Barbie in Space”

Madelyn Hernández Olivares
Doctoral Candidate
Historical and Social Studies of Science, Medicine, and Scientific Communication, University of Valencia
Project: “Letters, Stars, and Photography: The Gendered Visual Languages of British Popularization of Astronomy (1834-1910)”
Udodiri R. Okwandu
Doctoral Candidate
History of Science, Harvard University
Project: “Transgressive Motherhood: Maternal Mental Illness, Diagnostic Privilege, and Race in American Psychiatry, 1890–1970”
Christopher M. Rudeen
Doctoral Candidate
History of Science, Harvard University
Project: “Treating Clothes: Dress and the Sciences of Subjectivity”
Kathryn Schweishelm
Doctoral Candidate
North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
Project: “False Faces: Women, Cosmetic Surgery, and the Cultural History of a Contested Practice”

2022–2023 Competition (closed; next competition to be announced soon!)

The Commission on Women and Gender Studies in History of Science, Technology and Medicine offers biannually a research travel fellowship of up to 1000€ to scholars who are either in their final stages of their doctoral research or in the early stages of their post-doctoral research but still within five years of receiving the PhD.

The Agnodike, named after the first female physician and midwife in ancient Greece (4th c. BCE), is intended exclusively for transportation and accommodation expenses incurred by early career scholars who are conducting research in archives anywhere in the world. To be eligible, applicants must be in the early stages of their careers—within 5 years of receiving their PhDs. Eligibility is independent of gender, nationality, ethnicity or the location of the applicant’s academic institution or site of research. The Agnodike is offered globally but only on topics concerning women and gender studies in history of science, technology and medicine.

The Commission requires an application in English consisting of a cover letter, a research proposal (1500 words or less), CV, and two letters of recommendation, one being from the PhD advisor. The research proposal should specify a work plan for the research during the fellowship period and the required travel. The awardee of the research grant will receive an invitation to present her/his work in the closest forthcoming symposium organized by the Commission. All applications must be submitted no later than July 31, 2022. The selection committee’s review will take into consideration the proposal’s quality, clarity, specificity, and alignment with the Commission’s focus on women and gender studies. Awards will be extended for use between Summer 2022 through Spring 2023.

The Commission on Women and Gender Studies in History of Science, Technology and Medicine was founded in 1981 by the General Assembly of the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST). The Commission promotes communication among scholars working on women’s history and gender studies in the history of science, technology and medicine and fosters research in these areas. The Commission sponsors symposia at the quadrennial International Congresses of the IUHPST’s Division of History of Science and Technology (DHST) and, in between the Congresses, further conferences on women and gender studies in history of science, technology, and medicine. For more information please visit our website, request to be added to our electronic mailing list (send an email to, or “like” our Facebook page,

Please direct your inquiries about the Agnodike fellowship and applications to the Secretary of the Commission, Dr. Nurit Kirsh, Secretary,