Category Archives: Grants

AAAS graduate travel grant

Thanks to a generous donation from a member, Section L (History & Philosophy of Science) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science will offer a limited number of Philip Morrison fellowships for graduate students studying history or philosophy of science and technology presenting posters at the Association’s next Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, February 17-21, 2011 (

October 25 is the deadline to submit poster proposals at  The grant is to defray costs of travel, lodging, and registration up to $500.  Highest preference will be graduate students who are presenting posters or otherwise on the program; secondary preference will be those who serve as session aides at the meeting (see

To apply, send a CV, a statement of support from your advisor, and a brief statement why attending this meeting would benefit your program of study, to Jonathan Coopersmith, Secretary, Section L, AAAS,  The deadline for application is December 1.  Notification of awards will be made by December 15.

Hewton and Griffin Bursaries for Archival Research in 2011

The Friends of the Archives at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), devoted to the history of Canadian psychiatry, mental health and addictions, have established two endowment funds.  These funds annually provide bursaries in memory of their late colleagues, Ms. E.M. (Lil) Hewton and Dr. J.D.M. (Jack) Griffin, O.C.

The main purpose of the bursaries is to provide financial assistance to students, and others not necessarily associated with an academic institution, who propose to undertake archival research on an aspect of the history of mental health or addictions in Canada.  The FOA board at its discretion may approve bursaries to a maximum of $2,500.

There is no application form.  Candidates are invited to submit a letter of intent not exceeding 300 words, together with a budget and résumé, not later than November 30, 2010.  These awards are conditional on the bursary holders agreeing to submit progress reports within one year, and a final report including a financial synopsis within two years of receiving the bursary.

Please submit an application for the year 2011 by the November 30th, 2010 deadline to:

Vivienne Gibbs, President – Friends of the Archives Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
1001 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario  M6J 1H4
Or by e-mail:

The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry: Research Funds and Fellowships

Research Funds and Fellowships

The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry would like to invite applications for its new award scheme for 2010.  Two types of award are available: support for research into the history of chemistry or history of alchemy by New Scholars and support for Subject Development of either history of chemistry or history of alchemy.

The New Scholars Award is open to post-graduate students (both masters and doctoral students) and those who have obtained a PhD within five years of 1 January of the year in which the application is made. Awards of up to £500 will be made to cover research expenses, including travel, accommodation, subsistence, the reproduction of documents, and library fees.  Applications may also include the costs of reproducing images for publication.  The scheme will not fund the purchase of equipment or course fees.

In addition, post-graduate students only may apply for the costs of travel to conferences and accommodation, but only in order to give a paper.  The scheme will not pay conference registration fees.

Subject Development awards of up to £1000 will be made to support activities including, but not limited to, seminars, workshops, colloquia, lecture series, conference sessions, conferences, exhibitions and outreach activities that support either the history of chemistry or history of alchemy as academic subjects.

Only members of the Society, both those in the UK and those overseas, may apply.  Members must be in good standing at the time of making an application, and, if successful, throughout the period of an award. For more information, and an application form, please contact the Hon Secretary to the Society, Dr Georgette Taylor, at Membership Enquiries to the Hon Treasurer of the Society, John Perkins at

Closing date for applications: 31 May 2010

The Partington Prize 2011

The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry has established the Partington Prize in memory of Professor James Riddick Partington, the Society’s first Chairman. It is awarded every three years for an original and unpublished essay on any aspect of the history of alchemy or chemistry. The prize consists of five hundred pounds (£500).

The competition is open to anyone with a scholarly interest in the history of alchemy or chemistry who, by the closing date of 31 December 2010 has not reached 35 years of age, or if older has completed a doctoral thesis in the history of science within the previous three years. Scholars from any country may enter the competition, but entries must be submitted in English and must not have been previously submitted to another journal. The prize-winning essay will be published in the Society’s journal, Ambix. One hard copy of the entry, word processed on one side of the paper, should be submitted, along with a copy of the entry on disc. We prefer files to be in Microsoft Word XP, if possible. Essays must be fully documented using the conventions used in the current issue of Ambix. Essays must not exceed 10,000 words in length, including references and footnotes. All entries must be submitted with a word count.

All entries should be sent to John Perkins, Hon Treasurer, Centre for Health, Medicine and Society, Oxford Brookes University, Gipsy Lane, Headington, Oxford OX3 0BP, with the words “Partington Prize” Written clearly on the envelope. Each entry should contain a separate title page giving the author’s name, institution, postal address, email address and date of birth (and if relevant the date of completion of their thesis). The author’s name and contact details must not appear on the pages of the essay as the identity of the author will not be made available to the judges. Essays (no more than one from each competitor) must be received no later than 31 December 2010.

The decision of the judges appointed by the Council will be final. The Society reserves the right to divide the prize between two or more entries of equal merit, or not to award a prize should no essay be deemed of suitable standard.

The name of the winner will be announced by 30 April 2011, and all essays will be returned to competitors soon after that date.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Standard Drugs and Drug Standards


Standard Drugs and Drug Standards: A comparative historical study of pharmaceuticals in the 20th century (DRUGS)

DRUGS is a European Science Foundation (ESF) Research Networking Program (

Call for Applications for Exchange Grants for visits of 4 to 24 weeks to Network member institutions
Open to:

  • postgraduate students
  • post-doctoral researchers
  • early career researchers
  • established researchers

DEADLINE: 1 May 2010


Using the theme of standardization, applied both to objects and practices, the Network is exploring the development of twentieth-century medicine by looking at the production, distribution, prescription and consumption of major classes of therapeutic agents, such as sulfa-drugs, hormones, and psycho-active drugs. The aim is to evaluate the contribution of industrial, administrative and clinical standardization to the ‘therapeutic revolution’ (1920-1990) in which a series of ‘miracle’ drugs changed the face of Western medicine.

The Network aims to examine the evolution of industrial standards and drug trials, along with prescription and clinical practices, from a comparative perspective. For example, by looking at the role played by accidents or proposed, but rejected, alternatives to standard modern practice, we aim to reveal the multiple forces that have shaped our modern medical world. This approach takes us beyond the usual protagonists in this history — research scientists and their clinical partners — allowing the important groundwork to be done on the contextualization of this field, with respect to the intervention of the state, industry, and other actors. A richer view of the context for the scientific innovation that lies behind the modern pharmaceutical industry, promises to open up new perspectives in the analysis of today’s health systems.

To develop the program further, we are pleased to announce the third round of training and research exchange opportunities.  These are core elements of the Program and one of its most innovative elements. The Exchange Program enables postgraduate students, post-doctoral researchers, early career researchers, and established researchers to spend a period of between 4 and 24 weeks at groups within the Network to work on specific topics. The exchange can be split into a number of visits of shorter duration, for example, a 6-week visit may be taken in periods of 2 and 4 weeks.  In addition, an applicant may apply to divide their exchange between more than one host.  Please note, the minimum period for any single visit at a host institution is two weeks.

Our Exchange Program has three aims. First, visitors and hosts will learn about the approaches, methodologies and research cultures of different European research groups. Second, this circulation will deepen our collective understanding of the local specificities of research organization, local production and state surveillance, in particular the important national differences regarding the conservation of archives, the institutional arrangement of research facilities, the administration of medicine and health care. Third, the number and variety of exchanges should promote comparative research, for which the understanding of national styles is indispensable for any serious transnational analysis.

The applications will be evaluated with respect to:

  1. the scientific quality of the research project;
  2. career development aims appropriate to the level of the applicant;
  3. the overall objectives the DRUGS Research Network Program; and
  4. the expected benefit to the host member(s) of Network (see details of groups at )


The Exchange Program is an element of the ESF RNP DRUGS. The exchanges are aimed to generate improved collaboration between the European working groups in the field. Applicants must be affiliated to an academic institution in ESF member organizations. Exchange visit grants provide a living allowance of EUR 400 per week or EUR 57 per day, plus actual travel expenses up to a maximum of EUR 500. The exchange visit(s) should take place between the 12 July 2010 and 1 April 2011.  Applications are made first to the Network, and successful applicants then join the ESF grant management system.  This provides the facility for advance payment towards living costs, normally 80 percent of the total for items other than travel.  The remaining 20 percent, along with travel expenses, will be paid upon receipt of the scientific report for the Exchange.  This report has to include a signed statement by the host on the exchange and all original travel tickets. In the case of cancellation or unreasonable delay (six months or more), all advances have to be returned to the ESF. If the length of the stay is shorter than the foreseen period, the grantee should reimburse the ESF the appropriate amount of unspent funds.

Extending the term of each exchange may be possible, but will only be allowed after the submission of a mid-term report.
The Evaluation Committee may suggest to the applicants some modifications of the working plan regarding appropriate hosting institutions, duration of time spent with groups, times and the phasing of visits.  The terms of the second round of exchanges has been modified to allow participants more flexibility over the length and timing of exchange periods. It will be possible, following the evaluation of reports from this round, for the same applicant to submit another exchange proposal in the fourth round in 2011.


Deadline for applications: 1 May 2010
Meeting of Evaluation Committee: 16-18 June 2010
Notification of result: End of June 2010

The application is a two-step procedure. First, the applicants should send their application to the Exchange Program Evaluation Committee, see details below. The Committee will rank the applications and may propose modifications to the working plans. Following the evaluation stage, which is intended to be supportive and improve applications, selected applicants must complete the web-based procedure to join the ESF grant system at Please do not worry about the detail of this second stage, applicants that go through to that stage will be given advice.
For the initial stage, the following are required from each applicant:

  • A short description of the proposed research project (maximum of 1000 words)
  • The aims and rationale for each visit to a hosting institution(s).
  • Curriculum vitae of two A4 pages.
  • List of five most recent publications.
  • A letter of recommendation from someone familiar with the applicant’s work.
  • A letter of acceptance from the host(s) at the receiving institution(s).
  • Full address details of the prospective host(s).
  • Proposed starting date.
  • Number of weeks to be spent on each visit at the host institution(s).
  • Estimated travel costs.

Applicants should submit all of the documents detailed above in one PDF file.*
Applications must be submitted to:

Prof. Volker Hess, Chair of the RNP DRUGS
Institut für Geschichte der Medizin
Charite – Universitaetsmedizin Berlin
Ziegelstr. 5-9
10117 Berlin

Research Grant: Oregon State University Libraries Special Collections Resident Scholar Program

Oregon State University Libraries Special Collections – home of the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers – is pleased to announce the renewal of its Resident Scholar Program for 2010. Grants of up to $7,500 are available to researchers interested in conducting work in the OSU Libraries Special Collections.

Applications should be submitted by April 10, 2010.

More details are available at the following link: