PhD scholarship available in history of science (and more)

There are lots of opportunities available this year at the University of Kent’s School of History for anyone looking for funding for a Masters (taught or research) or PhD. See the funding opportunities page here.

Readers of this blog will be particularly interested in the funding available for the MA in History of Science, Medicine, Environment and Technology or MSc in Science, Society and Communication. As well as a dedicated £5000 scholarship students for the former can also apply for the full scholarship for MA study within the School.

Those interested in PhD-level research have several schemes to choose from. There are full scholarships via the AHRC consortium of which Kent is part (CHASE) and the University (Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarships), and up to 20 (ranging from full to fees-only) focused on selected broad themes suiting the wide range of interests among the School’s staff. In particular, note the one on  the History of Scientific Visualisation, open to any project fitting the theme and any period between 1700-2000, to be undertaken with my colleague Omar Nasim. (Depending on the topic, either I or Charlotte Sleigh might second supervise.) Full details are copied below.

Do add comments here or email if you have any questions – I am Director of Postgraduate Recruitment and Admissions for the School. The deadline for CHASE scholarships is 13 January 2016, for VC and School PhD Scholarships is 31 January and 13 March for Masters’ funding.


‘The History of Scientific Visualization, ca. 1700-2000’

The theme is writ large so as include all sorts of possible projects within its scope. But of particular interest are those proposals will sync well with the diverse interests of the members of SMET. As such, the project selected will follow along these broad lines: (1) a study that pays attention to the roles played in the history of science of a particular medium or a range of media (digital, pencil and paper, photography, engraving, or plaster models, etc.). This should be linked to (2) a sensitivity for techniques, practices and methods in the use of media, especially as they connect to specific kinds of scientific activities, such as observing, experimenting, communicating, displaying, instructing, and so on. (3) The scientific practices associated with visualization should also be embedded into cultural and intellectual, institutional and social contexts. Welcome are projects that extend possible contexts into the non-Western or global history contexts as well, so as to challenge the present state-of-the-art in the field and look at ways in which images might be produced, reproduced, and received within a variety of cultures, societies, or nations. And finally, (4) there is a preference for projects that are strongly interdisciplinary.


a) Connecting the history of scientific visualization to reception, consumption, and production across disciplinary and national boundaries.
b) The impact that culturally embedded practices of visualization had not just on the history of sciences but also in the arts of a given period.
c) The ways in which the presentation of scientific images relates to their production will be a major direction to be taken.
d) The power of the images in science for society and commerce is also something to be taken seriously. The ways in which such images shape how science is viewed but also used by non-scientific actors.

For further information please contact Dr Omar Nasim.

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