The BSHS is very pleased to announce a competition for up to 3 bursaries of £4,000 each to support students taking a Master’s degree in the history of science, technology or medicine. This round of awards will be available to those who have been accepted on a Master’s programme for the academic year 2020-2021.

  • Applicants must have a confirmed place on a Master’s programme in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland
  • Those studying for research-based Master’s degrees are eligible to apply, but not PhD students nominally registered for MPhil (or similar) provisionally pending upgrade to PhD registration.
  • There is no nationality requirement for applicants. There is no age limit
  • Non-members of the Society are welcome to apply but successful applicants will be asked to join the society
  • By applying for a grant you are giving us permission, should you be successful, to publish your name in our magazine, Viewpoint and any of our other publications
  • The BSHS must be acknowledged (and our logo shown) in any presentations and the student’s final thesis
  • All recipients will be required to submit an article to Viewpoint within six months of completing the course
  • Sponsorship for air travel will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and applicants may be asked to specify reasons why they have chosen the option to fly
  • Please note that grant income is usually treated as taxable income. It is your responsibility, as the recipient, to make any necessary declarations to HMRC or the relevant authorities.

Applications should be made using the form provided (see below), and should include a financial statement indicating what other funding has been sought or received. Those who have been given full studentships from other funding sources will not be eligible for these bursaries. The applicant should ask one referee to send their supporting statements using the form below. All forms should be sent to [email protected] by 15th June of the relevant year.

Applications will be considered by members of the Society’s Grants Committee, and other experts as appropriate. No interviews will be held. Applicants will be notified by the end of July. Details of successful applicants may be published in the Society’s newsletter Viewpoint where appropriate.

In addition to the bursary, the successful applicants will receive a year’s free membership of the BSHS and free registration at the BSHS postgraduate conference. Grants will be paid by bank transfer at the start of the agreed award period. Grants not taken up within six months will be cancelled. Bursary recipients must notify the Society if their situation changes; a portion of the bursary may be reclaimed if the course is not completed. Bursary recipients must submit a brief report at the end of their award period. They should acknowledge the support of the Society in any publications or conference presentations which may arise from their work for the Master’s degree.

To apply for a BSHS Master’s Bursary please visit