Funding opportunities (some closing soon)

Funding Opportunities

Jacques Barzun fellowship for collections and programming in the history of biology

American Philosophical Society, US

This supports an advanced PhD candidate or recent MA or PhD recipient in improving the visibility of the library and museum’s holdings in the history of biology, and expanding relevant programmes and resources. The fellowship includes a stipend of USD $15,000 for four months.
Maximum award: USD $15,000
Closing date: 30 Apr 21 Closing soon

RL and GK Willing grant

Nature Foundation SA, AU

This supports an honours student in undertaking research focused on advancing understanding of specific themes related to South Australian fauna and flora. The grant is worth AUD 1,500 for one year.

Maximum award: AUD $1,500

Closing date: 02 May 21 (recurring)

Morris award

Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry, GB

This recognises achievements in the history of modern chemistry or the history of the chemical industry. The award is worth £300.

Maximum award: £300

Closing date: 01 May 21

Student essay contest

Progressive Economics Forum, CA

This recognises student essays related to political and economic issues that reflect a critical approach to unconstrained markets. Prizes are worth up to CAD $1,000 each.

Maximum award: CAD $1,000

Closing date: 03 May 21 (recurring)

Vronwy Hankey memorial fund for Aegean studies

British School at Athens, GB

This helps with expenses relating to research in the prehistory of the Aegean and its connections with the east Mediterranean. Grants are unlikely to be worth more than £1,000.

Maximum award: £1,000

Closing date: 14 May 21 (recurring)

Combating corruption in the Northern Triangle

US Department of State, US

This supports projects that empower civil society to combat corruption and protect human rights in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. One award, worth USD $740,740, is available for a period of 18 to 36 months.

Maximum award: USD $740,740

Closing date: 28 May 21

COMING SOON: Topic specific grants

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, GB

This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open on the second half of 2021. The following information is subject to change. These grants support teams globally to undertake research into specific areas of management accounting. Grants are worth up to £30,000.

Maximum award: £30,000

Closing date: 13 Nov 21 (forecast, recurring)

Indigenous pathways scholarships

Advance Queensland, AU

These support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in undertaking educational activities in Queensland across the fields of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. Eight scholarships worth AUD $5,000 each are available.

Maximum award: AUD $5,000

Closing date: 11 Jun 21 (recurring)

COMING SOON: Beth B Hess memorial scholarship

Society for the Study of Social Problems, US

This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in autumn. The following information is subject to change. This scholarship supports doctoral study in sociology. The scholarship includes USD $18,000 and travel expenses to attend the society’s annual meeting.

Maximum award: USD $18,000

Closing date: 01 Apr 22 (forecast, recurring)

Pitch it clever

Universities Australia, AU

This challenges early-career researchers to communicate their research and why it matters to non-specialist audiences via video. Two awards are available, including a cash prize of up to AUD $3,000, funded conference attendance and an internship opportunity.

Maximum award: Not known

Closing date: 30 Apr 21 (recurring) Round closing soon

Research scholarship for honours students

Capstone Editing, AU

This supports an honours student in covering the costs associated with the research of their thesis. The scholarship is worth up to AUD $3,000.

Maximum award: AUD $3,000

Closing date: 03 May 21 (recurring)

COMING SOON: Research fellowship

Westpac Foundation, AU

This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in June 2021. The following information is subject to change. This fellowship supports early-career researchers in building their profile, developing their leadership skills and expanding their networks. Fellowships are worth at least AUD $400,000 each for up to five years.

Maximum award: Not known

Closing date: 25 Aug 21 (forecast, recurring)

COMING SOON: Phyllis Dain library history dissertation award

American Library Association, US

This opportunity will be available soon. The next award is expected to be presented in 2023. The following information is subject to change. This award recognises dissertations in the general area of library history, during any period, in any region of the world. The award is worth USD $500

Maximum award: USD $500

Closing date: Not known

National science week ACT seed grant

Australian Capital Territory Government, AU

This supports the engagement of the Australian Capital Territory community with the sciences, including through major activities and events during the national science week, taking place between 14 and 22 August 2021. Grants are worth up to AUD $3,000.

Maximum award: AUD $3,000

Closing date: 02 May 21

Armenian studies scholarships

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, PT

These support graduate students pursuing research in the field of Armenian studies. Grants are worth between €7,000 and €25,000 per year for up to four years depending on level and location of studies.

Maximum award: €100,000

Closing date: 14 May 21

Cundill history prize

McGill University, CA

This recognises history writing in English. The prize is worth USD $75,000.

Maximum award: USD $75,000

Closing date: 30 Apr 21 (recurring) Round closing soon

Army Research Office broad agency announcement for basic and applied scientific research

US Department of Defense, US

This supports research in the mechanical sciences, mathematical sciences, electronics, computing science, physics, chemistry, life sciences, materials science, network science and environmental sciences.

Maximum award: USD $60,000

Closing date: 31 Mar 22

COMING SOON: Transnational call for proposals


This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to close on 29 September 2021. The following information is subject to change. This call supports international research, technology, development and innovation projects between research and technology organisations and SMEs. Projects may last for between one and three years.

Maximum award: Not known

Closing date: 29 Sep 21 (forecast, recurring)

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Research grants

Max van Berchem Foundation | Fondation Max van Berchem, CH

The closing date for this opportunity has been extended. The previous deadline of 31 March has been extended to 30 June 2021. All other call details remain unchanged. These grants promote the study of Islamic and Arabic archaeology, history, geography, art history, epigraphy, religion and literature.

Maximum award: Not known

Closing date: 30 Jun 21 (recurring)


IATSE Local 891, CA

These support students enrolled full time in post-secondary studies. A total of 20 scholarships, worth CAD $5,000 each, are available.

Maximum award: CAD $5,000

Closing date: 30 Apr 21 (recurring) Round closing soon

Scholarships for researchers

Archimedes Education Agency, EE

These enable researchers to spend between one day and 10 months at an HEI in Estonia. Scholarships cover subsistence costs at a rate of €45 per day and €660 per month respectively.

Maximum award: Not known

Closing date: 01 May 21 (recurring)

Early-career fellowship

British School at Athens, GB

This enables scholars in their first post to spend a period of research leave in Greece to conduct an original research programme in any branch of the arts or social sciences related to Greece. The fellowship lasts for up to three months and is non-stipendiary, but covers accommodation and airfare.

Maximum award: Not known

Closing date: 14 May 21 (recurring)

Richard Bradford McConnell fund for landscape studies

British School at Athens, GB

These support research projects related to the interaction of place and people in Greece and Cyprus at any period. The total budget is £400 per year.

Maximum award: Not known

Closing date: 14 May 21 (recurring)

DEADLINE BROUGHT FORWARD: Talent programme Veni – science domain

Dutch Research Council | Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek, NL

The closing date for this opportunity has been brought forward. The previous deadline of 2 September has been brought forward to 20 May 2021. All other call details remain unchanged. This programme enables researchers who have recently obtained their PhD in a science domain to conduct independent research and develop their ideas. Grants are worth up to €280,000 each over a three-year period.

Maximum award: €280,000

Closing date: 20 May 21 (recurring)

Research awards

Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology, KE

These enable faculty members engaged in PhD training at selected African universities to advance their research and help their PhD students to generate research results with the potential for commercialisation. Awards are worth up to USD $90,000 each for two years.

Maximum award: USD $90,000

Closing date: 31 May 21 (recurring)

Study grants from the Oscar Ekmans foundation

Ekmanstiftelserna, SE

These support education about Sweden at Swedish schools abroad, Swedish language education at foreign universities and schools, as well as foreign Swedish children and young people in accessing education in Sweden.

Maximum award: Not known

Closing date: 12 May 21 (recurring)

Call for projects

Allianz Cultural Foundation | Allianz Kulturstiftung, DE

This supports translocal art and culture projects that promote an open society and create open spaces enabling critical discourse about Europe’s future, and also support exchange and networking across borders. Grants are worth between €40,000 and €80,000 to cover up to 50 per cent of project costs.

Maximum award: €80,000

Closing date: 31 Dec 21

OPEN FOR APPLICATION – Moran Award for History of Science Research, 2020

The Moran Award for History of Science Research is aimed at postgraduate students and early career researchers with expertise in the history of Australian science. The award is AU$5000 (increased from $2,500 last year) that can be used towards the researcher’s travel and accommodation costs for accessing archives that record the history of science in Australia. 

Note: While the awardee will still be requested to undertake their research and travels by the end of 2021, this may be extended depending on the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions

Applications can be made through the Academy website via the link:

Below is a summary of the award. Further information can be found at the website link above or through our Frequently Asked Questions. For any other questions or concerns, please contact Farhana Raman or the awards team at A story on the 2019 awardee Dr Ruth Morgan can be found here.

Moran Award for History of Science Research, 2020


  • The 2020 award is open to candidates from all genders; applications from female researchers are highly encouraged by the Academy
  • Award amount: AUD5,000 towards travel and accommodation costs to access archives that record the history of Australian science
  • normally available to undertake their research and travels by the end of 2021 – this may be extended, depending on the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions

Selection Criteria:

The candidate must:

  • have expertise in the history of Australian science
  • provide evidence of qualifications, a summary of professional/research experience and publications/presentations in the field along with two referee reports
  • provide a brief outline of the proposed project and the archives to be consulted

Multiple applications:

  • Applicants can only receive funding from the same research or travelling research award once in a three-calendar year period
  • Applicants may apply for more than one award but can only receive one Academy travelling or research award per calendar year.

The Australian Academy of Science acknowledges and pays respect to the Traditional Owners of the land on which the Academy is located, the Ngunnawal people, and to their elders, past, present and emerging.

Call NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group 2021/2022

The NIAS-Lorentz Program calls for coordinators for the NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group (NLTG) 2021/2022.

The deadline for application with a pre-proposal is 15 February 2020.

The NIAS-Lorentz Program is a collaboration established in 2006 by NIAS (Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Amsterdam) and the Lorentz Center (workshop center for all scientific disciplines, Leiden). 

The NIAS-Lorentz Program promotes innovative interdisciplinary research that brings together perspectives from the social sciences and humanities on the one hand and the natural and technological sciences on the other. This program gives special attention to topics of societal importance that require extensive collaboration across traditional scientific boundaries in order to progress. 

An NLTG can particularly benefit mid-career researchers who wish to explore and open a new interdisciplinary scientific field. We kindly ask you to draw the attention of possibly interested persons to the NLTG call. Thank you.

Information about the NLTG call as well as the partners of the NIAS-Lorentz Program can be found at the above mentioned NIAS-Lorentz website or you can contact us.

Kind regards,

Dindy van Maanen (NIAS)+31 20 224 6706

Henriette Jensenius (Lorentz Center)+31 71 527 5580

Philosothon Grants now available

2019 GRANTS are now available to assist school teachers, schools and university students build critical, collaborative and creative thinking skills in students.  

Philosothons are structured in the form of competitive, time-constrained explorations of big questions by groups of eight to ten students, each one forming a “community of inquiry”. During these explorations, professional university-based philosophers grade the groups for their critical thinking and cooperation, for example, active listening and building on one another’s arguments. Rather than more traditional debates, in which the goal of winning can prompt rhetorical shortcuts that can obscure deep thought, the grading during a philosothon encourages co-operation and creativity. The highest scoring groups and outstanding individuals receive recognition and participants feedback testifies that the experience is often transformative. 

Twenty grants were awarded in 2018. Click here to see what grant recipients did with their funding. Feedback from the first round including comments like: 

"Thank you for helping us create what was a memorable and empowering experience for all involved." Mark Bellham Waikato Diocesan School for Girls-New Philosothon Grant recipient.

"This was the training I wish I had prior to tutoring at university, ....The strategies for anchoring, for the proper use of procedural and substantive questions in facilitating a discussion, and the sequence of moving from establishing background knowledge, through asking questions about specific examples, to asking questions about general themes, all would be very useful to anyone starting out as a philosophy tutor. I am also keen to participate in future Philosothons." Tim Nailor Adelaide University-Phd. Student Grant recipient

"The Western NSW Primary Philosothon-Big Ideas Challenge is over and what a great time we had with critical thinking, creativity and philosophy!" Mandi Randell Central -West Leadership Academy New Regional Philosothon Grant recipient. 

A new suite of grants is now available to assist you in building critical thinking skills, collaboration skills and creativity in your students. This year we are also offering extra assistance for teachers to access advanced teacher training in 2019. 
Click on any links below for further details....

New Regional Philosothons: Subsidies are available for schools to help regional and remote schools cover the costs associated with starting up their own local Philosothon. This will involve other schools in their area. Click here for an application form.

New Philosothons will be supported in cities that do not currently have one, including the ACT, New Zealand, the Northern Territory, Singapore, South Australia, and Tasmania. Click here for an application form

Northern Territory Grant applications- These are travel grants to enable teachers to participate in professional development opportunities related to the Philosothon Project. Some priority will be given to indigenous teachers and or teachers of indigenous students. Please fill in the online application form and we notify you ASAP if your application was successful. Click here to apply.

Travel & Participation subsidies: Subsidies will be provided to assist students/staff who might not otherwise be able to participate in a Philosothon. This might be because they live in remote locations or because the school is dealing with students from low socio-economic backgrounds. Click here for an application form.

Judges/facilitators subsidy- Money is available to schools to pay judges/facilitators an Honorarium to cover travel costs etc. Click here for an application form

Teacher training subsidy- If you are wanting to complete an introductory FAPSA approved course to teach Philosophy or advanced teacher training course subsidies are available in 2019 Click here for an application form

Training for Phd Students: Training and professional development will be organised to allow students to be trained in the Community of Inquiry pedagogy which, in turn, enables them to act as facilitators in Philosothons. If you are wanting to complete an introductory course to teach Philosophy FAPSA approved courses or advanced teacher training subsidies are available for Phd students in 2019  Click here for an application form

Resource development: Teachers and academics will be recruited to consult on and develop age-appropriate resources to be used as stimulus material for Philosothons. A website will be developed to house these resources and enable access for all participants. Click here for an application form.

FAPSA is an umbrella organisation which seeks to enrich and expand philosophy education in primary and secondary schools in Australasia. It supports the interests of its nine affiliated Associations through professional development and advocacy initiatives, has an official open access journal, Journal of Philosophy in Schools, and holds a biennial conference.

Contact: Project co-ordinator Mr Matthew Wills (e) | Ph: +61 (0)400 029 660 | 
FAPSA Website:

This project was made possible through the support of a grant from Templeton Religion Trust. The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Templeton Religion Trust.

Opportunity to undertake funded training to teach philosophy at pre-tertiary level

As a part of the Philosothon Project, FAPSA (Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations) is offering some small grants for Australian post-graduate philosophy students wishing to undertake a Level One “Philosophy in Schools” qualification in their closest State.

After a postgrad has a Level One qualification, they may facilitate at a Philosothon, or be inspired to further pursue vocational work teaching philosophy in pre-tertiary settings.  The link to apply is here, and the Philosophy Project leader is:

Matthew Wills
Project Leader - Email:
The Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations (FAPSA) Philosothon Project
Proudly supported by the Templeton Religion Trust
Philosothon website:

SHOT Small Grants announcement

The Society for the History of Technology is pleased to announce its new Small Grants Award. SHOT will consider proposals from external individuals and organizations to endorse events relevant to SHOT’s mission, which is to advance the historical study of technology and its relations with politics, economics, labor, business, the environment, public policy, science, and the arts. We welcome applications such as a workshop on Southeast Asian History of Technology that is scheduled to take place in Malaysia or a Cold War technology conference that will be held in an American city.

SHOT will consider unfunded endorsements as well as proposals for funded endorsements no greater than $3000. As the budget of the Small Grants is limited, the Small Grants Committee will consider applications for and make recommendations to the President. Deadlines for submitting proposals for funded endorsements are March 15 and September 15 of each year, and should be sent by email directly to each member of the Small Grants Committee. The 2017 Small Grants Committee members include Mara Mills (mmills [at], Jenny L. Smith (jenny.smith [at], and Honghong Tinn (chair) (tinnho [at] Applications for non-funded SHOT endorsements will be considered all year round, independent of the specific deadlines.

To apply, please see the Small Grants sections on our Awards, Prizes, and Grants page.