[SIGCIS-Members] Fellowships in ACM History (deadline Friday 30 April)

Thomas Misa tmisa at umn.edu
Mon Apr 26 07:23:12 PDT 2010

Hi all,

A **reminder** that this Friday, 30 April, is the deadline for the ACM fellowship applications.  Remember there are two awards: a $5,000 award for a research project dealing (in some fashion) with ACM's institutional history and a $2,500 travel grant for research on ACM activities.

ACM is looking to support good solid historical research projects, dealing in some meaningful way with ACM's long and varied history.  Last year's awards were made to Irina Nikiforova, for her dissertation project on "ACM, Turing Prize Scientists, and their Web of Affiliations," and Bernard Geoghegan on "Staging the ACM Chess Championships."

Both awards are *open* as to rank, "from graduate students through senior researchers."

Thanks, Tom Misa

ACM History Committee
Fellowships in ACM History

The Association for Computing Machinery, founded in 1947, is the oldest and largest educational and scientific society dedicated to the computing profession, and today has members in more than 100 countries.  To encourage historical research, the ACM History Committee plans to make two awards. One, a travel grant of $2,500 to support historical research on the wide variety of ACM-related _activities_, including ACM members, officers, and prize winners.  Second, a fellowship grant of $5,000 focusing on ACM’s rich _institutional_ history, including consideration of its organization, publications, SIG activities, and sponsored conferences.  Successful candidates for either award may be of any rank, from graduate students through senior researchers.

                              To Apply:

Applicants for either award should send a 2-page CV as well as a 750-word project description that [a] describes the proposed research project; [b] identifies the importance of specific ACM historical materials, whether traditional archival collections or online historical materials (oral histories, digitized conference papers, ACM organizational records, et al.); [c] discusses the project’s planned outcome (e.g. conference paper, journal article, book or dissertation chapter, teaching resource, museum exhibit, etc.); and [d] outlines a timeline for completing the project, generally within one calendar year of the award, including a final project report.

In preparing a proposal, applicants should examine the extensive list of “ACM Research Materials” posted at <history.acm.org/content.php?do=links> as well as “Sources for ACM History,” CACM 50 #5 (May 2007): 36-41 <doi.acm.org/10.1145/1230819.1230836>.
Other research materials relating to ACM’s rich history may also be used.  Applicants should include a letter of endorsement from their home institution or an external scholarly reference.

Proposals are due by **30 April 2010**.  Proposals should be submitted as .pdf documents to <history-webmaster at acm.org>. Notification of awards will be made within six weeks.

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