Small Grants Scheme
Applications are invited for BSLS small grants of up to £400 to promote the
study of literature and science. We are open to all sorts of proposals other
than personal conference expenses. Examples of activities for which the awards
might be used are expenses for a visiting speaker, a seminar series, or a
symposium. Applications for support to stage special BSLS panels at appropriate
conferences (other than the BSLS 2017 conference) will be considered.
Recent events supported by the scheme include: conferences on ‘The Body and
Pseudoscience in the Long Nineteenth Century’ at the University of Newcastle,
and on ‘Doing Science: Texts, Patterns, Practices’ at the University of
Cologne; EXEWHIRR, a public-engagement event on ‘The Human-Technology
Relationship through the Ages’ at the Bike Shed in Exeter, and; a symposium on
‘Biomedical Science and the Maternal Body’ at the University of Southampton
organised by the Postgraduate Contemporary Women’s Writing Network.
Applicants should be current members of BSLS and should apply by making a case for how the award will contribute to the development of literature and science,
with a brief outline of costs of the project. Applications should be no longer
than 500 words. Where funding is sought for BSLS panels a clear indication of
the scope of the panel, and of its contribution to the understanding of
literature and science, should be included. Recipients of small grants are asked
to acknowledge BSLS sponsorship appropriately in publicity for events and to
provide a brief report on events for the BSLS newsletter and website.
Applicants may apply for any amount up to £400; in some instances a proportion
of the amount applied for may be awarded. International members of BSLS are
welcome to apply for the awards, but should note that they will be distributed
in the form of bank cheques made out in pounds sterling. Serving members of the
BSLS Executive Committee are not eligible to apply for the awards. We cannot
enter into correspondence about the decisions of the Committee.
The application should be e-mailed, as a Word attachment, to the BSLS Secretary,
Greg Lynall (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 1st September 2016. Please put 'BSLS
small grant' in the subject heading of your email. Applications will then be
considered by the BSLS Executive Committee, with successful applicants informed
by the end of September. Queries about the scheme should be directed to Greg
Postgraduate Conference Fund
members toward the cost of presenting research papers at conferences (this
excludes the BSLS annual conference, which has its own postgraduate bursary
scheme). In addition to funding attendance at literature and science
conferences, we would like to fund members who intend to give papers on
literature and science at conferences which are not specifically focused on this
topic, in order to promote the study of our field more widely.
To be eligible, applicants must
• Be a member of the BSLS
• Be a current research student
• Be presenting a paper at a conference held after 1st October 2016
Eligible expenses include conference fees, travel and accommodation costs.
Applicants must provide an outline of their research paper, justify why the
funds are required (i.e. give a break-down of the budget) and state whether they
have applied to any other funding sources (and the outcomes of those
applications). You should also state why you think the particular conference you
have chosen would be valuable, both for your own career and with regard to the
wider objectives of the BSLS. Applications should be no longer than 500 words.
Successful applicants will be expected to provide a brief report on their paper
and experience of the conference, for the BSLS newsletter and website.
International members of BSLS are welcome to apply for the awards, but should
note that they will be distributed in the form of bank cheques made out in
pounds sterling. Serving members of the BSLS Executive Committee are not
eligible to apply for the awards. We cannot enter into correspondence about the
decisions of the Committee.
The application should be e-mailed, as a Word attachment, to the BSLS Early
Career Executive Committee Member, Ros Ambler-Alderman (email@example.com) by
1st September 2016. Please put 'BSLS PG conference fund' in the subject heading
of your email. Applications will then be considered by the BSLS Executive
Committee, with successful applicants informed by the end of September. Queries
about the fund should be directed to Ros Ambler-Alderman.
Pat Beesley, Newcastle University, The Body and Pseudoscience, 18 June 2016. AWARDED £325.
Nina Engelhardt and Julia Hoydis, University of Cologne, Doing Science: Texts, Patterns, Practices, 20-21 November 2015. AWARDED £220.
Ryan Sweet and Betsy Lewis-Holmes, University of Exeter, Exwhirr ‘The Human-Technology Relationship through the Ages’. AWARDED £400.
Joanne Parsons, Bath Spa University, Biomedical Sciences and the Maternal Body. AWARDED £300.
Roisin McCloskey, University of Durham, Abnormality and the Abnormal in the 19th Century. AWARDED £200.
Laura Dietz, Cambridge Festival of Science, ‘Science as the Spark’, March 2014. AWARDED £280.
Farah Mendelsohn, Anglia Ruskin University, 'What Scientists Read’ at the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, 2014. AWARDED £300.
Postgraduate Conference Fund
Ryan Sweet, University of Exeter, Decolonizing Critical Animal Studies Conference at the University of Alberta, Canada.
Maria Avxentevskayato, Freie Universitat Berlin, Scientiae Conference in Oxford.