Applications are now invited for the next round of both competitions, each with a deadline of 1st September 2017.
BSLS 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: a symposium on ‘Medical Humanities in an African context’ (University of Malawi/ University of Edinburgh); a conference on ‘The Memory of Trees’ at the University of Liverpool; a workshop on ‘Digestive health in nineteenth-century culture’ at the University of Aberdeen, and; EXEWHIRR, a public-engagement event on ‘The Human-Technology Relationship through the Ages’ at the Bike Shed in Exeter.
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 2017. 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 Lynall.
BSLS Postgraduate Conference Fund
Applications are invited for bursaries of £200 for BSLS postgraduate student 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 2017
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 2017. 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.
Chisomo Kalinga, University of Edinburgh, ‘Medical Humanities in an African context’ symposium, 24-25 August 2017. Awarded £300.
Anna Burton, University of Liverpool, ‘The Memory of Trees’ conference, 20 April 2017. Awarded £300.
Manon Mathias, University of Aberdeen,Gut Feeling: Digestive Health in Nineteenth Century Culture, 26-27 May 2017. AWARDED £400
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
Kanta Dihal, University of Oxford, paper on ‘Quantum Physics as a Defamiliarizing Technique in Science Fiction’, to be delivered at the 75th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), Helsinki, August 2017.
Moritz Ingwersen, Trent University, Ontario & University of Cologne, ‘“Geological Insurrections”: The Weird Return of Rust and Dust in Two Short Stories by China Mieville’, ASLE, Detroit, June 2017.
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.
Eleanor Dobson, University of Birmingham, to give the paper ‘Ruby Lips and Whitby Jet; or, Dracula’s Geological Collection’. AWARDED £200.