Now accepting applications for the Tomash Fellowship in the History of IT

The Charles Babbage Institute is accepting applications for the 2021-2022 Adelle and Erwin Tomash Graduate Fellowship. The fellowship will be awarded to a graduate student for doctoral dissertation research in the history of computing. The Tomash Fellowship is funded by an endowment from Erwin and Adelle Tomash, the visionary founders of the Charles Babbage Institute in the late 1970s.

The fellowship may be held at the recipient's home academic institution, the Charles Babbage Institute, or any other location with appropriate research facilities. The stipend is $14,000. It is for students who have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree except the research and writing of the dissertation.

Tomash Fellowship recipients must remain students in good standing throughout the term of their fellowship, but there is no restriction on holding other fellowships, scholarships, or awards concurrent to the Tomash Fellowship.

Preference will be given to applicants indicating a need to use CBI materials, planning research in residence at CBI, and willing to make a brief presentation of their research findings to CBI staff.

To apply:

All materials must be received by CBI no later than January 15, 2021.

Applicants should send to CBI a curriculum vitae and a five-page (single-spaced) statement and justification of the research project including a discussion of methods, research materials, evidence of faculty support for the project, and bibliography (bibliography does not count toward page count).

Applicants should also arrange for three letters of reference and certified copies of graduate school transcripts to be sent directly to CBI.

Application materials should be sent to [email protected]. A confirmation email will be sent once your application has been received.

Alternatively, applications may be mailed to:
Charles Babbage Institute: Tomash Fellowship
211 Andersen Library
University of Minnesota
222 - 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Questions pertaining to collection content and access can be directed to Amanda Wick, CBI Interim Archivist, at [email protected].

Please direct questions about the Tomash Fellowship to Jeffrey Yost, CBI Director, [email protected], 612.624.5050


Tomash in his library