The IEEE Life Members History Fellowship, first awarded in 1978, is administered by the IEEE History Committee and sponsored by the IEEE Life Members Committee. The Fellow is selected on the basis of the candidate’s potential for pursuing research in and contributing to the history of IEEE’s designated fields. Each spring the Fellow presents a report, giving updates on their research project and details about how the IEEE fellowship has helped advance their scholarly work.
The fellowship supports either one year of full-time graduate work in the history of electrical science and technology at a college or university of recognized standing or up to one year of post-doctoral research. The award carries a stipend of US$25,000 plus research budget up to US$3000. The deadline for receipt of applications each year is 1 February.
The most recent winners are David E. Dunning (2022-23) and Susanna Glickman, (2021-22). Dunning is a historian of science, mathematics, and computing whose study topic for the fellowship deals with program language and the history of what we talk with in the age of computing. Glickman has a background in mathematics and anthropology whose study topic for the fellowship was quantum computing and information.