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The Lisa Jardine History of Science Grant Scheme 2022



The Lisa Jardine Grant Scheme is currently accepting submissions. This programme provides early-career researchers with access to history of science collections, particularly those of the Royal Society, in support of their research. The deadline for the submission of applications is 22 September 2022.

The Lisa Jardine History of Science Grant Scheme


The Lisa Jardine Grant Scheme is intended to provide early career academics with the chance to use history of science collections, including the Royal Society’s own, to support their study in the subject of intellectual history.

The Lisa Jardine Grant Scheme honours the late Professor Lisa Jardine CBE FRS, a renowned British historian. The scheme invites young humanities and arts academics to broaden their interests in history of science and related interdisciplinary studies by travelling to access archive resources and create contacts with the Royal Society and other institutions.

Grants are meant to promote the free movement of researchers between disciplines and countries, as well as to encourage academics studying intellectual history to incorporate science into their studies. Applicants are encouraged to review the Royal Society’s strategic objectives in order to demonstrate how their research might contribute to these broad goals, but applications will be evaluated based on the strength of their academic content in intellectual history, history of science, and related disciplines. Topics of particular interest to Professor Jardine, particularly 17th century studies, will be given special study.


Funds for a subsistence contribution can be requested for long study visits to the Royal Society Library in London, as well as travel expenses to London to undertake this research and overseas travel expenses for short visits.

The Lisa Jardine Grant Scheme 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.



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;



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.


The Lisa Jardine Grant Scheme Eligibility

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.

How to Apply for The Lisa Jardine Grant Scheme


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.




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