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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.

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:

  • 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 (see below), 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.

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:

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.

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®). Applications require two references and submission approval from your organisation which must be completed before the closing deadline.

There are two rounds per year. The deadlines for 2021 are:

Round Applications open Applications close Period in which research should take place 
2021 R1
13/01/2021
17/03/2021
1 July 2021-  30 June 2022
2021 R2 07/06/2021
22/09/2021
1 Jan 2022- 31 Dec 2022

Eligible applications will be considered by a panel of independent experts and applicants will be notified of the outcome 6-8 weeks after the round closes.

Those who had submitted or drafted applications for the suspended 2020 rounds of the scheme will be able to edit and resubmit their applications if they wish to do so.

Requests for reasonable adjustments and accommodations will be considered on a case by case basis for both new and suspended applications. If your eligibility or research plans have been effected by Covid-19 restrictions and the suspension of the Lisa Jardine Grant in 2020 please contact library@royalsociety.org if you need advice before submitting your application. 

We anticipate that The Royal Society library will re-open to researchers from summer 2021. Applicants should complete their application, including likely dates of research, to the best of their ability. As there are ongoing uncertainties relating to travel, events and access to collections we appreciate that circumstances and plans may change and will do everything we can to accommodate requests for adjustments after grants have been awarded. Including  extensions to the award period and changes to the use of awarded funds e.g. authorising funds to be used to pay for digitisation on demand where physical access is not possible in a reasonable timeframe.

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

If you have any further queries about the scheme or application process please contact library@royalsociety.org.

Other funding opportunities

Potential applicants interested in Anglo-Dutch cultural studies might also like to consider applying for the Lisa Jardine Fellowship offered annually by the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS). For details and to check eligibility visit the NIAS website: https://nias.knaw.nl/fellowships/lisa-jardine-fellowship/.

Support for applicants with disabilities

The Royal Society welcomes applications from researchers with disabilities and provides adjustments to ensure that they can participate fully in the selection process. If you need an adjustment when accessing the application form, or for any other part of the application and award process, please contact the Grants team on grants@royalsociety.org or +44 20 7451 2666. Adjustments can include, but are not limited to:

  • extension of the deadline
  • additional support to complete the application form

Case studies of past Lisa Jardine Grant researchers

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