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Hugh Hawkins Research Fellowships for the Study of Hopkins History

Hugh Hawkins Research Fellowships are awarded annually to undergraduate or graduate students from any school at Johns Hopkins who wish to conduct research into an aspect of the rich history of Johns Hopkins University.

Fellowship recipients are notified in the spring and conduct their research over the summer. A fellowship award of $3500 is given to each recipient, intended to be used as a cost-of-living stipend to support awardees who will remain resident in Baltimore for a minimum of 8 weeks during the summer (May-August) of their research fellowship.

Special consideration will be given to projects exploring the history of diversity at Johns Hopkins or that propose a final product rooted in the digital humanities. The Hugh Hawkins Fellowships will enhance the undergraduate and graduate research experience by providing opportunities for original research in historical collections and for sharing research with the public.

Each fellowship recipient will work closely with a faculty mentor and an archivist mentor during the fellowship.

Fellowship recipients’ work will be preserved in the Ferdinand Hamburger University Archives of the Sheridan Libraries, creating a rich, continually growing, and publicly available body of original scholarship that will serve as a valuable resource for generations to come.


Who can apply?

The fellowships are open to current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, or graduate students not in the final year of their program. Students from any school or academic department of Johns Hopkins may apply. Applicants should intend to reside in Baltimore during the summer fellowship period.

How do I apply?

Applicants must complete the Hugh Hawkins Research Fellowship application, which explains all requirements for successful completion. The deadline to receive all required materials is March 9, 2020, by 11:59 p.m. Notifications will be received by all applicants during the week of March 30, 2020.

Applicants must identify both a faculty mentor and an archivist mentor, and should coordinate their application in advance of the deadline so that mentors can help applicants determine a viable set of materials with which to work. Given sufficient advance time, archivist mentors will also be available to help applicants formulate and refine draft research project proposals to assure a realistic, engaging program of research that will take full advantage of the relevant archival collections at Johns Hopkins University.

What kinds of resources are available to support my research?

Johns Hopkins University is home to several archival repositories:

Ferdinand Hamburger University Archives: Located on the Homewood campus, the Ferdinand Hamburger University Archives is the official archival repository for the Homewood campus divisions of The Johns Hopkins University: Central University Administration, Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering, Carey Business School, and the School of Education. It is also the repository for the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, based in Washington, DC.

To contact the archives to identify an archivist mentor, or for any other inquiries:

Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives: Located on the Mount Washington campus, the Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives is the official archival repository for the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions: The Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

To contact the archives to request an archivist mentor, or for any other inquiries:

Peabody Archives: Located on the Peabody campus, the Peabody Archives maintains the records of the Institute and over 200 special collections of former faculty and alumni, other distinguished scholars, composers, and performers, and performing arts organizations in the Baltimore/DC area.

To contact the archives to request an archivist mentor, or for any other inquiries:

Archivists at each of these repositories welcome research inquiries and are available, given ample notice, to help you identify materials relevant to your research interests and to offer suggestions on refining your research topic given the available sources.

Can I use archival collections that are restricted?

Legal and regulatory codes for protection of individual privacy (such as HIPAA and FERPA) as well as Johns Hopkins’ internal policies limit access to certain types of information in archival collections. However, these codes and Johns Hopkins’ policies do include provisions for certain types of authorized access to types of information within the collections. In some cases, applications may be submitted to obtain authorization to access these collections, and archivist mentors can assist with this process. Applications are reviewed and adjudicated in accordance with applicable legal and regulatory codes and Johns Hopkins policy. Please be sure to discuss any possible access issues in the collections you plan to use with your archivist mentor.

What are the fellowship requirements?

Proposed research must explore some aspect of Hopkins history. Fellowship recipients are required to produce a final product such as a research paper or digital resource, and should be willing to present their findings at a public event during the subsequent academic year.

Fellowship recipients are expected to reside in Baltimore for a minimum of 8 weeks during the summer, and to devote at least 25 hours to their research each week.

Awardees will receive two letters of acceptance, one of which they must fill out, sign, and return to the Hopkins Retrospective Program Manager before beginning their fellowship term, which will confirm that the recipient understands and agrees to the terms of the award. Failure to complete these agreed upon requirements may result in an awardee forfeiting some or all of his or her award back to the university.

What are the requirements of faculty and archivist mentors?

Faculty mentors should be willing and able to provide guidance and feedback on the student’s proposed research topic. They should be available to consult with the student during the course of the summer fellowship (in person, ideally, although phone/Skype/email are also acceptable).

Archivist mentors should also be willing and able to provide guidance and feedback on the student’s proposed research topic. They can advise the student on what materials relevant to their proposed research topic are available in the archives, and suggest refinements to the proposed topic based on available sources. During the fellowship, archivists will serve as a resource for the students utilizing their collections, answering questions about the collections that arise during the course of the research.

Selection and Award

Fellowship recipients will be selected by the review committee in the spring semester for a summer fellowship. During the application process, students must identify a faculty mentor, an archivist mentor, and a preliminary list of resources that will be important to their research. Fellowships of $3500 each will be awarded, to be used as a cost-of-living stipend to support awardees who will remain resident in Baltimore for a minimum of 8 weeks. Any additional research expenses (such as travel to other archives or libraries) that may emerge over the course of the fellowship must be drawn from the total amount of the student award. Up to $100 of in-kind costs incurred at Johns Hopkins archives, such as photocopying or digitization, may be possible without charge.

About Hugh Hawkins

The Hugh Hawkins Research Fellowships honor the significant contribution of Hugh Hawkins (PhD, 1954) to our understanding of the history of Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Hawkins’ book Pioneer: A History of the Johns Hopkins University, 1874-1889, remains the definitive history of the early years of the university. The fellowships are made possible through Dr. Hawkins’ generous bequest to the university.

Past Fellowship Recipients


Michael Healey, School of Medicine, '24. Mirroring Madness: The Psychotic Patient in Kraepelinian Nosology and Meyerian Typology.
Mofan Lai, Peabody '20. A Digital History of International Students at Peabody Institute Since 1950.
Margo Peyton, School of Medicine, '22. Arnold Rich and the Impact of Johns Hopkins Pathology on Theories of Race and Susceptibility to Tuberculosis.


Lakshmi Krishnan, Postdoctoral Fellow, General Internal Medicine and History of Medicine. Detectives of Thought: Autopsies and the Diagnostic Genre at The Johns Hopkins Hospital  (1889-1945).

Sarah Thomas, Peabody '19. A Message of Inclusion, A History of Exclusion: Racial Injustice at the Peabody Institute.

Tochi Uchuno, KSAS '21. The Intersection of Mental Health and Eugenics.


Michael Anfang, KSAS '19. Jews at Hopkins: A Digital History

Tiffany Brocke, School of Medicine '20. Color and Community: How the Johns Hopkins Hospital Influenced Abortion Access in Baltimore, 1945-1973. (research paper)

Anne Hollmuller, KSAS '18. Activist Campus: Johns Hopkins University in the Age of Protest.

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