Scholarly Activity Awards

Three Scholarly Activity Awards of up to £1000 each will be granted per year towards the costs of visiting archives and specialist libraries for research in history of philosophy. Pre-doctoral candidates should apply under this separate scheme.

Costs may include travel, accommodation, photocopies, scanning and library membership; obtaining copies of documents from archives and libraries, electronically or by post; and starting or furthering collaboration with other scholars, aimed at publications and/or joint projects.

Please note that we do not support subsistence (meals) through this scheme. We do not accept applications for support to travel to regular conferences.

Precedence may be given to students, unwaged members, and those working in institutions with very limited research budgets.

The application deadline is 31 January each year. Membership of the BSHP is a requirement for applying.

Applicants should complete the form available here and email their application to by the deadline.

Successful applicants must agree to abide by the following rules:

  • The award applicant must be a member of the BSHP.
  • The research funded must relate substantially to history of philosophy.
  • The support of the BSHP must be acknowledged in any publications, in print or online, or in any other media, arising from the research. See our page on Acknowledging support for details.
  • Reports on planning and progress must be delivered to the Management Committee of the BSHP on request.
  • The BSHP must be satisfied that the awards made are used for their intended purpose. Payment of the award will normally be made after the event has occurred and only upon receipt of a satisfactory report and receipts for expenses.
  • As signatories to the BPA Environment/Travel Guidelines, the BSHP prefers travel by train rather than airplane for short and intermediate travel. Additional funding is available in order to accommodate this preference.