The scheme is designed to offer the opportunity for early career scholars to exploit history of science collections, including the Royal Society’s own, in support of their research. 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 promote the free movement of researchers across disciplines and countries. 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 history of science and related disciplines. Special consideration will be given to topics that were of interest to Professor Jardine, including (but not limited to) 17th century studies.
Funds for a contribution towards subsistence can be requested for research visits to the Royal Society Library in London; for travel expenses to London in order to conduct this research; and for travel expenses to other places in order to strengthen applicant’s knowledge and academic networks.
Applying for this scheme
The first round will open in May 2018. Full scheme criteria will be released at that time.
Applicants must be either:
- Doctoral candidates with at least one year’s experience towards thesis stage.
- Researchers holding PhDs awarded within the last ten years, in early research positions at universities and other eligible organisations (eg museums, galleries).