£2,000 Royal Society 2022 Lisa Jardine History of Science Grant Scheme

Written by David on July 20, 2022

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

  • Country of the Scholarship

    United Kingdom
  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Ph.D. scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    $1000 - $3000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

  • Scholarship Contact Details

    + 44 207 451 2500 (Lines Open Mon-Fri, 9:00-17:00. Excludes Bank Holidays) 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG    

The Lisa Jardine Grant Scheme is designed to give early-career academics with the opportunity to utilise history of science collections, particularly those belonging to the Royal Society, in order to support their research into the field of intellectual history. In memory of the late Professor Lisa Jardine CBE FRS, a well-known historian in the United Kingdom, the Lisa Jardine Grant Scheme was established. The program encourages young academics in the humanities and arts to broaden their interests in the history of science and related interdisciplinary studies by traveling to access archive resources and create contacts with the Royal Society and other institutions. The program is called the Young Humanities and Arts Academics Scheme.

These grants are intended to encourage academics who are studying intellectual history to include science into their research and to foster free movement of researchers across disciplines and countries. However, applications will be evaluated based on the strength of their academic content in intellectual history, history of science, and related disciplines. Applicants are encouraged to review the strategic objectives of the Royal Society in order to demonstrate how their research might contribute to these broad goals. Special attention will be paid, in particular to the studies of the 17th century, to those subject areas that are of particular interest to Professor Jardine. Requests for financial assistance in the form of a subsistence contribution can be made for extended research trips to the Royal Society Library in London. Requests can also be made for assistance with traveling to London for the purpose of conducting this research and with traveling overseas for shorter visits.


About the Scholarship:

After a lecture on astronomy given by Christopher Wren, who was serving at the time as professor of astronomy at Gresham College in London, a group of twelve men got together on November 28, 1660, and made the decision to establish “a Colledge for the promoting of Physico-Mathematicall Experimentall Learning.” This was the beginning of the Royal Society. Scientists like as Robert Boyle and Bishop John Wilkins, as well as courtiers such as Sir Robert Moray and William, 2nd Viscount Brouncker, were among those who were present. (Brouncker was slated to become the first president of the Royal Society.)


The initiative had a number of more or less close predecessors, including a group that met in London in 1645, the Oxford “Experimental Philosophy Club” in the 1650s, and correspondence networks such as that of the reformer and philanthropist Samuel Hartlib; however, the body that was set up in 1660 was consciously new, with aspirations to become a truly national society dedicated to the promotion of science. These goals were accomplished over the course of the subsequent few years, particularly with the assistance of a charter of incorporation that was initially granted by Charles II in 1662 and then revised in 1663. The royal charter granted the society the authority to establish an institutional framework, which included a president, treasurer, secretaries, and council. Despite the fact that it almost immediately received royal patronage, the society has never ceased to be a non-profit organization that operates independently of the government of the United Kingdom.

The phrase “take nobody’s word for it” is a translation of the motto of the Royal Society, which is “Nullius in verba.” It is an expression of the Fellows’ resolve to resist the dominance of authority and to verify all statements by making an appeal to the facts as determined by experiment. The early years of the Society were marked by revolutionary advances in the manner in which science was carried out and communicated. The year 1665 was the only year in which Hooke’s Micrographia and the first issue of Philosophical Transactions were published. As of right now, the Philosophical Transactions is the world’s oldest science journal that has not skipped a beat in terms of its publication schedule, making it the undisputed holder of the title of “most prestigious” scientific journal.


We published Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematica as well as Benjamin Franklin’s kite experiment that demonstrated the electrical nature of lightning. Both of these were important contributions to the field of mathematics. In order to observe the Transit of Venus, we sponsored James Cook’s journey to Tahiti, during which he also visited Australia and New Zealand. We published the first report in English of inoculation against disease, we approved Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine, we documented the eruption of Krakatoa, and we published Chadwick’s detection of the neutron, which would lead to the unleashing of the atom. These are just some of the things that we were responsible for publishing.

The 8,000 Fellows that have been elected to the Society to this point include some of the most illustrious figures in the scientific community during the past four centuries. Pioneers and paragons in their disciplines, such as Newton, Darwin, Einstein, Hawking, and many others, have been selected by their peers throughout history. Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Sophie Wilson, and Tim Berners-Lee are some of the people who are currently Fellows.


Scholarship Sponsor(s): The Royal Society

Scholarship Country: United Kingdom

Scholarship Worth:  £2,000

Scholarship Type: Fellowship

Nationality: International Students



Scholarship Offer:

 This plan includes the Following:

  • Funding for the continuation of research
  • You could receive up to £2,000 per month, up to a maximum of three months, to help cover travel and living costs so you can visit the Royal Society holdings and other academic collections in the area.
  • If they wish to submit an application for this subsistence strand of the scheme, academics from outside the UK as well as those living in the UK are expected to include research conducted at the Royal Society as part of their proposal.
  • Travel grants
  • Up to two thousand pounds for overseas travel to any location relevant to the research being conducted, for short exploratory research excursions lasting no longer than one month, or for attendance at one-time events. Scholars working for organizations located in the United Kingdom are eligible to apply for this travel component of the plan in order to attend any event or location important to international research, provided that they meet one of the following criteria:
  • The organization that will serve as the final destination issues a written permission to access the study material;
  • The length of time spent conducting research outside of the country will not exceed one month;
  • or
  • The purpose of the grant is to provide financial support for attendance at a particular event that is of relevance, such as a conference.


Eligibility for Scholarship.

  • Those interested in applying must either be:
  • Researchers who have received their PhDs within the past ten years and are currently working in early research jobs at universities or other organizations that are eligible (e.g. museums, galleries). The applicant is required to have a contract in an eligible organization that is either permanent or fixed term for the whole duration of the award.
  • candidates for the doctoral degree who have at least one year of experience working toward the thesis stage
  • PhD students are strongly encouraged to apply for these scholarships; however, prior to presenting a more comprehensive proposal, it is recommended that they apply for and receive one of the more modest awards, such as one that covers travel expenses for an exploratory visit (see below).
  • Every activity needs to be centered on a topic that bridges the gap between the scientific and social sciences. This encompasses a wide range of fields, including but not limited to intellectual history, cultural history, history of science, philosophy of science, history of art, and historical geography. The plan lays a particular emphasis on the early modern scientific community as well as the European networks that existed during this time.
  • Applications from the UK and everywhere in the world are encouraged. Researchers who are employed by institutions outside of the United Kingdom are expected to include research conducted at The Royal Society in any application they submit.
  • Study at the Royal Society collections must be incorporated into the proposals of candidates from both the United Kingdom and other countries if they are to be considered for subsistence grants for extended research journeys lasting between one and three months.


The International Vice-Chancellor Postgraduate Scholarships granted by Writtle University in the United Kingdom for the academic year 2022-2023 are intended to encourage EU and international students to pursue higher education.



The Royal Society 2022 Lisa Jardine History of Science Grant Scheme is open to all International Students


Application Procedure

  • Flexi-Grant®, the Royal Society’s Grants and Awards administration system, is where applications must be sent in order to be considered. Applications need to be accompanied by two references and approval from the applicant’s organization before they can be submitted. The application process must be finished before the deadline.


Application Deadline

The application deadline for the Royal Society 2022 Lisa Jardine History of Science Grant Scheme Is September 16, 2022.

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