Earlier this year the Royal Society opened a brand new grant scheme designed to facilitate archival research and network building for early-career scholars of intellectual history. The Lisa Jardine Grant Scheme is currently open to applications through the Royal Society Flexi Grant Portal until 3 January 2019.

The Lisa Jardine Grant Scheme is intended to stimulate the study of the history of science in an interdisciplinary context by providing funds for research visits to history of science collections, including the Royal Society’s own, and for travel to attend conferences and other networking and training events.


Lisa Jardine. Image by courtesy of Des Willie ©2014


The scheme is named after the eminent British historian and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society, Lisa Jardine, who sadly passed away in 2015. Professor Jardine was a great friend to the Royal Society archive, having offered her support, advice and expertise on the collections including help in returning the long-lost Robert Hooke Folio to the Society. We hope that the grant scheme will be a fitting tribute to a leading light in the history of science, as well as a way of supporting the kind of research Professor Jardine pursued with such dedication throughout her career. She was considered a pre-eminent historian of the scientific method and was a passionate advocate for interdisciplinary studies, becoming the founding Director of University College London’s Centre for Humanities Interdisciplinary Research Projects.


Detail from the Hooke Folio (MS/847), described by Lisa Jardine as ‘an absolute treasure trove of new information about the day to day activities of the early scientific establishment’. This passage describes bees brought to the Royal Society and examined by Hooke under one of his microscopes.


Our first two Lisa Jardine Grant holders will shortly begin their research. We are excited to be welcoming one to the Royal Society’s archives to investigate a topic with interesting parallels in the current climate of devolution and pressures on international cooperation: Anglo-Scottish Networks of the Early Royal Society. Meanwhile, our second award winner will be going to explore the Royal Danish Library in Copenhagen, where she will be looking for evidence of the literary reception of seventeenth-century experimental philosophy among such intriguing source material as verses addressed to skeletons of dolphins, rabbits and lions.

If you think your intellectual history research could benefit from attending an international event, or from archival research in history of science collections, we encourage you to apply. Round two of the Lisa Jardine Grant Scheme opened for applications last month and will close on 3 January 2019. To be eligible you must have completed your PhD within the last 10 years and be working or studying at a recognised university or cultural institution. Those still studying for a doctoral award are also eligible but must be at least one year into their research, and are encouraged to submit applications for travel to attend specific events and networking opportunities, or for short exploratory research trips. Applications from PhD students for subsistence for longer research trips are less likely to be competitive due to the earlier stage of their research and experience.


The Lisa Jardine Grant Scheme as displayed on the Grants page of the Royal Society website


Award winner Dr Bicak, Junior Research Fellow at Durham University, said of her grant: ‘By funding my fieldwork in Copenhagen, the Lisa Jardine grant has pushed my research in an international direction and enabled me to start building relationships between British and Danish historians of science.’

We are particularly keen to facilitate the international exchange of ideas and to make connections between diverse organisations, so we encourage applications from scholars based outside the UK to visit the Royal Society’s collections. You can apply for international travel costs up to £2000, and subsistence costs to cover living expenses for up to three months in London whilst you carry out research. UK scholars can also apply for short international travel expenses or London-based subsistence costs.

For more details on eligibility and activities that can be funded by a Lisa Jardine Grant, please visit the Grant page on our website and read the full scheme notes before applying. You can send any enquiries you may have to library@royalsociety.org, but all applications must be processed through the Flexi Grant portal. Good luck!


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