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The Lisa Jardine Grant Scheme

The Lisa Jardine Grant 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 in the field of intellectual history.

Lisa Jardine. Image courtesy of Des Willie ©2014

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.    

Funds for a contribution towards subsistence can be requested for lengthy research visits to the Royal Society Library in London; for travel expenses to London in order to conduct this research; and for international travel expenses for short visits. 

How do I apply for this scheme?

Applications should be made through the Royal Society’s grant management system Flexi-Grant®. 

Please refer to the scheme notes (PDF) for further details.

Am I eligible to apply?  

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 (e.g. museums, galleries). The applicant must hold a permanent or fixed term contract for the duration of the award in an eligible organisation

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.

Before applying please make sure that you meet the full eligibility requirements explained more fully in the scheme notes (PDF).

What is the scheme’s value and tenure?

This scheme provides:

  • Up to £2,000 per month to a maximum of 3 months, for travel and living expenses while attending the Royal Society Library and nearby scholarly collections


  • Up to £2,000 for international travel to any relevant research destination

If applying for both the panel may decide to award one or both.

What is the application process?

Applications must be submitted via the Royal Society’s Grants and Awards management system (Flexi-Grant®).

There are two rounds per year. Round 1 closed on Friday 31 August. Round 2 opened on 31 October 2018 and closes on 3 January 2019.

Applications received by the Round 2 application deadline will be considered by appropriate members of the Selection Panel in February 2019 at which time the outcome is likely to be announced.

If you have any further queries about the scheme or application process please contact

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