Royal Society Lisa Jardine History of Science Grant Scheme 2021

The Lisa Jardine Grant Scheme is designed to offer the opportunity for early career scholars to exploit the history of science collections, including the Royal Society’s own, in support of their research in the field of intellectual history.

The Lisa Jardine Grant Scheme is named in memory of the eminent British historian Professor Lisa Jardine CBE FRS. The scheme encourages junior researchers in the humanities and arts to seek to expand their interests in history of science and related interdisciplinary studies by travelling in order to use archival resources and to build relationships with the Royal Society and other institutions.

Grants are intended to encourage the free movement of researchers across disciplines and countries and to stimulate academics studying intellectual history to consider science in their research. Applicants are encouraged to look at the Royal Society’s strategic objectives, in order to be able to demonstrate how their research might further these general goals, but applications will be judged on the strength of their academic content in intellectual history, history of science and related disciplines. Special consideration will be given to topics that were of interest to Professor Jardine, notably in 17th century studies.    

Funding

This scheme provides:

  • Research subsistence grants
    • Up to £2,000 per month to a maximum of 3 months, for travel and living expenses while attending the Royal Society collections and other, nearby scholarly collections.
    • Both international and UK based scholars are required to incorporate research at the Royal Society as part of their proposal if applying under this subsistence strand of the scheme.

and/or

  • Travel grants
    • Up to £2,000 for international travel to any relevant research destination, for short exploratory research trips (no more than 1 month) or one off event attendance. Scholars based in UK organisations can apply for this travel strand of the scheme in order to visit any relevant international research destination or event on the condition that:
      • The intended destination organisation provides written permission to access research material;
      • The period of overseas research is not more than 1 month;
        or
      • Grant is to fund attendance of a specific, relevant event such as a conference.

Scholars based in non-UK organisations may only apply to travel to the UK and are required to incorporate research at the Royal Society as part of their proposal under this travel strand of the scheme.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be either:
    • Researchers holding PhDs awarded within the last ten years, in early research positions at universities and other eligible organisations (e.g. museums, galleries). The applicant must hold a permanent or fixed term contract for the duration of the award in an eligible organisation.
    • Doctoral candidates with at least one year’s experience towards thesis stage.
  • PhD students are encouraged to apply, but are advised to begin with smaller, exploratory visit travel grants, before submitting a larger proposal especially if their research is at an early stage of development.
  • All activities must be on a subject combining the humanities and the natural sciences. This includes, but is not limited to: intellectual history, cultural history, history of science, philosophy of science, history of art, and historical geography. The scheme places special emphasis on Early Modern science and European networks of the period.
  • UK and international applications are welcomed. Scholars based in non-UK organisations are required to incorporate research at The Royal Society as part of any proposal.
  • Both UK and international applicants applying for subsistence grants for extended research trips (1-3 months) must incorporate research at the Royal Society collections as part of their proposal.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted via the Royal Society’s Grants and Awards management system. Applications require two references and submission approval from your organisation which must be completed before the closing deadline.

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For more information, visit Royal Society

Application Deadline: September 22, 2021

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