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.

Submissions open for the 2019-20 Mike Smith Student Prize

The Mike Smith Student Prize awards $3000 to an outstanding research essay addressing the history of Australian science or Australian environmental history.

Deadline:  9am AEDT Monday 20 January 2020

Criteria: The prize will be awarded for an essay based on original unpublished research undertaken whilst enrolled as a student (postgraduate or undergraduate) at any tertiary educational institution in the world.

The essay should be 4000–8000 words in length (exclusive of endnotes). Essays must be written in English and fully documented following the style specified for the Australian Academy of Science’s journal, Historical Records of Australian Science.

Essays may deal with any aspect of the history of Australian science (including medicine and technology) or Australian environmental history. ‘Australia’ can include essays that focus on the Australian region, broadly defined, including Oceania. Essays that compare issues and subjects associated with Australia with those of other places also are welcomed. The winning entry, if it is in a suitable subject area, may be considered for publication in Historical Records of Australian Science.

Past winners:  Historical Records of Australian Science have published a virtual issue showcasing six previous essays awarded the Mike Smith Prize.

Applications:  For more information about the application process please visit

BSHS Singer Prize deadline 30 April

The British Society for the History of Science is delighted to invite submissions for the Singer Prize 2018.  The prize, of up to £300, is awarded every two years to the writer of an unpublished essay, based on original research into any aspect of the history of science, technology or medicine.

The prize is intended for younger scholars or recent entrants into the profession. Candidates must be registered for a postgraduate degree or have been awarded such in the two years prior to the closing date.  All nationalities are welcome.

Essays must not exceed 8,000 words and should be submitted in English.  They should adhere to BJHS guidance to authors in all respects.

The prize may be awarded to the writer of one outstanding essay, or may be awarded to two or more entrants. Publication in the British Journal for the History of Science will be at the discretion of the Editor. Essays under consideration elsewhere or in press are not eligible.

The deadline for submissions is 30 April 2018. Submissions should be emailed to the BSHS Executive Secretary, Lucy Santos, with 'Singer entry' and the author surname in the subject line.

For further information please see

Charlotte Sleigh, Professor of Science Humanities, University of Kent

Invitation to nominate and apply for Australian Academy of Science awards

Opportunities for scientists

Nominations and applications are open for the 2019 Australian Academy of Science:

  • honorific awards

  • research conferences

  • research awards

  • travelling fellowships.

Full guidelines and nomination or application details are on the relevant pages.

Download and share the 2019 awards fact sheet

The Academy’s honorific awards are open to senior scientists as well as early- and mid-career researchers who are making outstanding contributions to Australian science across a range of disciplines in the physical and biological sciences.

The closing date is Tuesday 1 May 2018 for Honorific award nominations and Friday 1 June 2018 for research, conference and travelling fellowship funding request.

A particular award that may be of interest to members is the Moran Award for History of Science Research.

Official ISHPSSB Announcement: David Hull Prize

The 2017 David Hull Prize goes to Richard Burian, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy & Science Studies at Virginia Tech. The Hull Prize honors an extraordinary contribution to scholarship and service that promotes interdisciplinary connections between history, philosophy, social studies, and biology.

A citation for the 2017 prize will be available shortly on the ISHPSSB webpage.

IUHPST Essay Prize in History and Philosophy of Science

The International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST) is pleased to announce the outcome of the competition for the first IUHPST Essay Prize in History and Philosophy of Science. This prize competition seeks to encourage fresh methodological thinking on the history and philosophy of science as an integrated discipline.

The winner of the 2017 prize is Professor Theodore Arabatzis of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. His essay was entitled “What’s in it for the historian of science? Reflections on the value of philosophy of science for history of science”.

In his prize essay, Theodore Arabatzis distinguishes the “historical philosophy of science” from the “philosophical history of science.” The latter, which is the focus of his discussion, has the potential “to reconstruct particular historical episodes or to address historiographical questions by engaging with philosophical issues about, e.g., experimentation or conceptual change.”

The committee concurs with Arabatzis that the historiographical potential of philosophical reflection on scientific practice has not yet been fully explored. In the essay, not only is the case made abstractly and contextualized (with reference to Lakatos and Kuhn), but it is also shown concretely for particular topics (epistemic values, experiment, discovery and conceptual change) with various examples from the history of physical science.

The essay addresses the prize question directly: what can the philosophy of science do for the history of science? Arabatzis begins from N. R. Hanson’s insight that historical analyses necessarily involve metascientific concepts. In detailed discussions of how four particular philosophical ideas have played out in the historiography of science, Arabatzis demonstrates how the analysis of metascientific concepts, whose outlines can be traced by philosophical reflection, contributes to historiographical methods.

With an impressive reach and a deep understanding of both the history and the philosophy of science, “What’s in it for the historian of science?” convincingly shows the illuminating role that can be played by the philosophical history of science. The essay links this demonstration to a critical analysis of both traditional and cutting-edge work in HPS. It signals the availability of analytic and exploratory resources for the history of science, underwritten by the philosophy of science.

Professor Arabatzis will receive his prize and present the contents of his essay at the 25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology in Rio de Janeiro (23–29 July 2017).

This prize is administered by the Joint Commission, whose remit is to make links between the work of the two Divisions of the IUHPST: the DHST (Division of History of Science and Technology) and the DLMPST (Division of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science and Technology).

The panel of judges for the 2017 competition consisted of: Hasok Chang, University of Cambridge, UK (chair); Rachel Ankeny, University of Adelaide, Australia; Jean Gayon, Université Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne), France; Alan Love, University of Minnesota, USA; Lydia Patton, Virginia Tech, USA; Friedrich Steinle, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany. For further information about the IUHPST, see

From HPS&ST Notes, April 2017