Applications are invited for BSLS small grants of up to £300 to advance and/or promote the study of literature and science. Examples of things for which the awards might be used are expenses for visiting speakers, seminar series and debates, and other funding to stage events on literature and science. The scheme is not intended for individual conference travel, but applications to stage special BSLS panels at appropriate conferences (other than the BSLS 2014 conference) will be considered.
Applicants should be current members of BSLS and should apply by making a case, in up to 300 words, for how the award will contribute to the development of literature and science; a brief costing should be appended to the end of the application. 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.
The application should be e-mailed, as a Word attachment, to the BSLS Treasurer, Daniel Cordle (firstname.lastname@example.org), by 7 April, 2014. Applications will be considered by the BSLS Executive Committee. Applicants may apply for any amount up to £300; in some instances a proportion of the amount applied for may be awarded. Successful applicants will be informed by the end of May.
Queries about the scheme may be directed to Daniel Cordle, but no correspondence will be entered into about the decisions of the Committee. 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.
Recent and upcoming events supported by the scheme include the ‘Exhibiting Human Remains’ conference at the Hunterian Museum (June, 2013); a symposium, ‘Body and Mind: Mesmerism in Nineteenth-Century Culture and Literature,’ as part of the Damaging the Body seminar series (October 2013); a ‘Science as the Spark’ panel at the Cambridge Festival of Science (March 2014); and a talk on ‘What Scientists Read: How Does Literature Influence Scientific Thought and Practice?’ at Loncon 3, The 72nd World Science Fiction Convention (August 2014).