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My winning proposal: Science history heads to the stacks

The Royal Society’s Lisa Jardine Grants allow researchers to exploit history of science collections

Top tips:

  • The application system for the scheme is more robust than humanities scholars may expect for such a relatively small amount of money but Royal Society staff will help navigate it.
  • Be clear about why you need direct access to the archives you plan to visit, particularly as institutions are increasingly digitising their holdings.
  • Remember that the grant would give you access to a host of other libraries and archives, allowing you to follow up leads gleaned from your target institution.
  • Highlight how your research relates to the scholarly interests of Lisa Jardine.

Established in 2018 in memory of the renowned author, broadcaster and historian, the Royal Society’s Lisa Jardine Grants scheme allows early-career researchers in the history of science to access collections in the UK, including the society’s own (the scheme was profiled in Funding Insight ahead of its second round in 2018).

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