Get up to £2,000 Per Month For Early Career Scholars in the Royal Society Lisa Jardine History of Science Grant Scheme 2021

Are you an early career scholar with a doctorate degree awarded within the last 10 years?

Then apply for the Royal Society Lisa Jardine History of Science Grant Scheme 2021 and be opportuned to get a research subsistence grant worth £2,000 for a maximum of 3 months.

Application Deadline: September 22, 2021.


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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.


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).

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Application Instructions

  • Applications should be made through the Royal Society’s grant management system Flexi-Grant.
  • Applications require two references and submission approval from your organisation which must be completed before the closing deadline.

Apply for this scheme on Flexi-Grant

About the Royal Society Lisa Jardine History of Science Grant Scheme

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.

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Key Dates and Order of Program

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

Round: 2021 R1

  • Applications Open : 13/01/2021
  • Applications Close: 17/03/2021
  • Period for Research: 1 July 2021-  30 June 2022

Round: 2021 R2

  • Applications Open : 07/06/2021
  • Applications Close; 22/09/2021
  • Period for Research: 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 if you need advice before submitting your application.

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