Funding Opportunity: Lisa Jardine Intellectual History Grants Scheme

Closing Dates for Round 1 and Round 2 of Scheme: 

2018/R1 – Opens 28th June 2018 – Closes 31st August 2018 (15:00 UK time)

2018/R2 – Opens 1st October 2018 – Closes 31st December 2018 (15:00 UK time)

Lisa Jardine Intellectual History Grants Scheme 

Aim: 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 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 seventeenth 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.

Subjects covered: 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.


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).

Duration of funding: Awards are available for a maximum of 3 months.

Value: The standard programme is available in two parts: firstly for travel and subsistence within the UK in order to study at length within the Royal Society’s collections and other related institutions; secondly for short study visits travelling to/from all countries outside the UK for the purpose of conference attendance, workshop, research or other academic visits in order to strengthen applicant’s knowledge and academic networks. The funding available is dependent upon the length of the visit. Applicants may request one or both of the following:

  • 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.

Countries covered: The Lisa Jardine Grant Scheme accepts applications from all countries outside of the UK, in addition to applications from UK-based scholars intending to travel domestically or abroad.

Closing Dates: 

2018/Round 1: Opens 28th June 2018 – Closes 31st August 2018 (15:00 UK time) – Latest Research Start Date is 30th November 2018
2018/Round 2: Opens 1st October 2018 – Closes 31st December 2018 (15:00 UK time) – Latest Research Start Date is 30th April 2019

Results available: successful applicants will be informed about 4 weeks after the application closing date. Research can commence immediately after applicants have been notified of success.

Contact Information: Enquires about this Scheme can be made using the contact details below. Before contacting the organisers of the Scheme, please check whether your question is answered by the scheme notes. If not, please email:

For full details of this grant scheme and to download a copy of the scheme notes, please visit


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