Platzman Memorial Fellowships
The Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowships, established by bequest of George W. Platzman (1920-2008), Professor Emeritus in Geophysical Sciences at the University, are named in memory of George’s brother Robert Platzman (1918-1973), who was Professor of Chemistry and Physics and worked at the Metallurgical Laboratory at the University of Chicago in the 1940s.
The program provides up to $3,000 for visiting researchers working on projects that require on-site consultation of University of Chicago Library collections, primarily archives, manuscripts or printed materials in the Special Collections Research Center. The funds can be used for travel, living and research expenses. Support for beginning scholars is a priority of the program, as are projects that cannot be conducted without onsite access to the original materials and where University of Chicago collections are central to the research. Special consideration will be given to applications in the fields of late 19th or early 20th-century physics or physical chemistry, or 19th-century classical opera.
The announcement of availability of each year's Platzman Fellowships is made in November, with a deadline for submission and the award of Fellowships in March. Platzman Fellowship funds may be used for visits to the University of Chicago Library during June-September of the award year.
Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowships have been awarded to 137 visiting scholars since the program began in 2006. For further information on fellows and projects from previous years, please consult the listing of Platzman Memorial Fellowship recipients.
Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowship Program
Fellowships Awarded for Summer 2019
PhD candidate, History and Middle Eastern Studies, New York University
From Financial Missionaries and Colonial Administrators to Shirt-Sleeve Diplomats and New Deal Developers: American Influence in Iran from 1911 to 1963
PhD candidate, Music Theory, Yale University
Hearing the Tonality in Microtonality: Easley Blackwood’s Microtonal Music
PhD candidate, Education, University of Texas at Austin
Explaining Sex: Sex Education, Normalization, and Disability in the United States from the 1960s to the 1990s
Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute für Soziologie, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Beyond the Chicago School: Literature, Marginalization, and Sociology in Modern America
PhD candidate, History, Florida State University
Race in the Prairie State: Black Laws and African American Activism in Nineteenth Century Illinois
PhD candidate, History, Duke University
Read the Word, Read the World: Education for Liberation in Cold War U.S. and Brazil
MPhil candidate, Early Modern History, Jesus College, University of Cambridge
Memory, Distortion, and Judicious Thought: Parrhesia and Late 16th- Early 17th-Century Diplomatic Textual Culture
PhD candidate, Philosophy, Hebrew University
Privacy, the Right to be Forgotten, and the Social Self of George Herbert Mead
Instructor, English, Arizona State University
Modular Pope: Portraits, Poems, and Recycled Print
Post-doctoral scholar, Downing College, University of Cambridge
Glimpse, Encounter, Acquaintance, Friendship: The Literary Life of Richard Stern
PhD candidate, History, University of Cambridge
Abode of Peace: Islam, Empire, and the Khoja Diaspora, 1866-1972
PhD candidate, Historical Musicology, University of Michigan
Making Balachine an American Modernist: Cold War Narratives and Construction of the Artist
PhD candidate, English, University of Florida
British Poetry in/from India: Creating a New Poetic Community