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

Laura Bassi Scholarship

Laura Bassi

The Laura Bassi Scholarship, which awards a total of $8,000 thrice per annum, was established by Editing Press in 2018 with the aim of providing editorial assistance to postgraduates and junior academics whose research focuses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed. The scholarships are open to every discipline and the next round of funding will be awarded in April 2021:

     Spring 2021
     Application deadline: 31 March 2021
     Results: 25 April 2021

All currently enrolled master’s and doctoral candidates are eligible to apply, as are academics in the first five years of full-time employment. Applicants are required to submit a completed application form along with their CV through the application portal by the relevant deadline. Further details, previous winners, and the application portal can be found at:

One 3-year PhD studentship on “Energy Demand in the Digital Society” at SPRU, University of Sussex

We are advertising a new PhD studentship through CREDS

Project Description

The department:

The PhD will be based in the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex. Established in 1966, SPRU conducts research, consultancy and postgraduate teaching in the area of science, technology, and innovation policy. SPRU comprises over 70 faculty and 60 doctoral students and is ranked third in the world and the highest in the UK in a global list of think tanks in science and technology. The Sussex Energy Group (SEG) at SPRU aims to understand and foster transitions towards sustainable, low carbon energy systems. Drawing from SPRU’s tradition, the Group undertakes academically rigorous, interdisciplinary social science research on contemporary energy and climate policy challenges.

The research area:

This PhD studentship will explore the potential contribution of digital technologies to reducing energy demand and assisting the transition to secure, low carbon energy systems. The studentship forms part of the Digital Society theme of the Centre for Research on Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS), and the successful student will be invited to take part in CREDS meetings and related research and engagement activities.

Applications are welcome for projects that investigate the historic and potential future impact of digital technologies on energy demand, the mechanisms contributing to those impacts and the means by which the energy-saving potential of digital technologies can be maximised. The projects may use ideas from economics, innovation studies, sociology or other relevant disciplines and may employ both quantitative and qualitative research methods. The studentships will contribute to a larger programme of research in this area, led by Prof Tim Foxon and Prof Steve Sorrell.

Possible topics for research projects include:

  • the recent and future impacts of ICTs on energy consumption and energy productivity at the sectoral and macroeconomic level;
  • the potential for innovative, ICT-based business models to deliver end-use services with lower energy use and carbon emissions;
  • the influence of smart systems on energy-related user practices (e.g. working remotely, changing leisure patterns) and the effect of these on energy consumption;
  • the use of digital technologies to optimise the energy efficiency of industrial processes, logistics and larger systems such as entire cities.


The PhD studentship is offered for a maximum of three years, renewable on a yearly basis, subject to satisfactory performance on the doctoral degree. The successful candidate will receive a full fee waiver plus a stipend equivalent to the UKRI doctoral stipend, currently £15,009 per annum, paid each year in three termly instalments (typically in October, January and April). In order to prepare students for academic careers, individuals receiving a studentship will be offered the possibility to undertake some teaching and/or marking activities in the School, of up to a maximum of six hours per week during term time, or to apply for any part-time Research Assistant roles that may become available. Any teaching undertaken will be paid at grade 6 of the University’s Doctoral Tutor salary scale in addition to the stipend.

Application procedure:

If you are interested in applying for a studentship, you need to first apply for a PhD place in Science and Technology Policy Studies at the University of Sussex, including a research proposal addressing one of the research topics above or a closely related topic. Details of the application process are available here:

For further details, please see here:“Energy-Demand-in-the-Digital-Society”-at-SPRU,-University-of-Sussex

Funding Notes

The studentship is available for UK/EU and overseas applicants. Applicants should have an upper second class honours degree, and already have, or currently be studying for, a Master’s degree in a related subject, or equivalent qualification if a non-UK applicant. A good level pass is usually required for the Master’s degree. Proof of proficiency in English is also required, i.e., an IELTS certificate taken within the last two years showing at least 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each of the four sections.

2 PhD studentships in Philosophy of Biology (Hannover/Paris)

The GenDar project (Hannover/Paris) invites applications for two positions as Research Assistant (m/f/d) (Doctoral Candidate in Philosophy of Science) starting May 1, 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter. The positions are limited in duration to three years. One position is based at the Institut für Philosophie, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany, the other at the Institut d'Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France.

The GenDar project:

The research project ?The Explanatory Scope of Generalized Darwinism: Towards Criteria for Evolutionary Explanations Outside Biology? is funded jointly by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR). The project consists of two research teams, one in Hannover and one in Paris, and is jointly lead by Thomas Reydon (Hannover) and Philippe Huneman (Paris). The overarching objective of the project is to achieve clarity on the epistemic potential and the possible societal consequences of applying evolutionary thinking outside biology.

While there is no a priori reason to think that Darwinian evolutionary theory could not be used outside biology to generate scientific explanations of non-biological phenomena, it remains unclear which criteria need to be met for such applications to succeed. The project aims to formulate such criteria and in so doing to provide a profound understanding of the possible explanatory scope of Darwinian evolutionary theory.

To achieve this aim, the GenDar project investigates different ways of formalizing Darwinian evolutionary theory, different ways of conceptualizing the metaphysics of evolutionary processes, and the possible wider consequences for both biology and society of developing and applying generalized versions of Darwinian evolutionary theory.

Further information on the GenDar project can be found here.

The candidates:

The successful candidates? main task will be to conduct research on a dissertation project on topics investigated in the GenDar research project. Both dissertations will be jointly supervised by the PIs of the GenDar project, Thomas Reydon and Philippe Huneman, but the PhD degrees will be awarded by each doctoral candidate?s home institution (i.e., Leibniz Universit?t Hannover and Universit? Paris 1 Panth?on-Sorbonne respectively). Both candidates will work in close cooperation with the research team at the partner university and spend several brief research visits with the partner team.

To qualify for the position, applicants should hold a university degree in an area relevant to the GenDar research project (typically a Master's degree in Philosophy, HPS, (Theoretical) Biology, or a related area). Applicants should be fluent in English and should be able to clearly demonstrate an interest in the topics studied in the GenDar project (i.e., the epistemology and metaphysics of evolutionary theory, formalizations of evolutionary theory, evolutionary social science and economics, the use of theories from the natural sciences in the social sciences, etc.). A demonstrable background in Philosophy of Biology and/or (Theoretical) Evolutionary Biology will be advantageous.

The application:

While the GenDar project is a joint project of two teams based at two universities, each doctoral candidate will be employed by one of the partner institutions. Each participating institution has its own specific conditions of employment and the institutions have separate hiring processes. This means that applicants who wish to be considered for both available positions must send two applications, one to Hannover and one to Paris. For formal reasons, candidates who only apply to one of the two participating institutions can only be considered by the institution to which they applied.

The job advertisements for the respective positions can be found here:
- Hannover ad in English
- Paris ad in English
- and in French

All advertisements can also be accessed from Thomas Reydon's website

Candidates are requested to follow the specific instructions for the position for which they are applying. Please note that in their application candidates must explain why they have a clear interest in being part of either the Hannover team or the Paris team. (Candidates who apply for both positions should use the same text in their cover letter, but at least express a preference for one of the two locations. Expressing a preference for one location does not preclude a candidate from being considered for the position at the other location.)

The deadline for both applications is March 21, 2020. Interviews will be conducted online in April 2020.

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

PhD Scholarship – Merchants and Museums: The Natural History Trade


The University of Wollongong’s Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts is offering a PhD scholarship in connection with the Australian Research Council funded Linkage Project ‘Reconstructing museum specimen data through the pathways of global commerce’ (LP160101761). The aim of the project is to revitalize irreplaceable zoological specimens through a closer understanding of their origins, exchange and preservation as part of a global trade in natural history. The project draws on broad expertise in anthropology, economic history, cultural history, archaeology, and spectroscopy.

The PhD project will focus on the growth of the natural history trade in zoological specimens from the Linnean period (c.1758) to the early twentieth century. It will analyse the main trade routes, supply chains, exchange processes, and preservation practices for the natural history trade. Understanding the trade and preservation of natural history products will assist in recovering the stories and scientific knowledge hidden in many currently moribund museum specimens.

One scholarship is available for commencement in or mid-2018 or early 2019, but further PhD opportunities are also available on the project.


Successful candidates will be supervised by Professor Simon Ville (Wollongong), but with the support and encouragement of other members of the project team. Simon is a leading economic historian and supervises a group of graduate students. He is a member of the history discipline at Wollongong that scores very highly in research rankings and includes many holders of ARC grants and fellowships.


Both domestic and international prospective students are encouraged to apply. The scholarship is for three years full-time with a stipend of $AUD 27,082 per annum (tax free).

This project would suit a candidate with:

  • A background in History, Economics, or Anthropology
  • Some experience handling descriptive data and/or archival sources
  • An interest in Transnational History, Economic History or the History of Science
  • Additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes will be regarded favourably
  • Applicants should submit:

For further enquiries contact Simon Ville:

PhD scholarship at NDRI Melbourne


The National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified candidates for a PhD scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to support a qualitative project focusing on, but not limited to, the following issues:

  • Drugs and body image
  • Drugs and masculinities
  • Drugs in sport and fitness
  • Pharmaceutical drug use

The scholarship project is based in the Social Studies of Addiction Concepts (SSAC) research program at the National Drug Research Institute, Melbourne.

The Scholarship

The scholarship carries an annual tax-free stipend starting at $27,082 per year for three years, will commence before 30 June, 2018 (exact timing is negotiable), and is based at NDRI’s Melbourne office, currently located on Fitzroy.

The Institute

NDRI is a centre for excellence in alcohol and other drug research and receives core funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. It is one of the largest centres of alcohol and other drug research expertise in Australia, employing about 30 research staff in Perth and Melbourne across a range of disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, epidemiology, psychology and public health. It has a strong national and international profile, and is involved in collaborative research in Australia and overseas.

The Applicant

The successful applicant will:

  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian Permanent Resident;
  • hold or expect to obtain First Class or Upper Second Honours or equivalent results and have experience in sociology, gender studies, anthropology, or a related discipline (e.g. youth studies);
  • be able to undertake field research (interviews, observation) or other empirical research.


Further information on the application process, NDRI’s Melbourne office and the SSAC program is available here.