The AIP Center for History of Physics offers grants-in-aid to support research in the history of modern physics and allied sciences (such as astronomy, geophysics, and optics) and their social interactions.

Grants are given to individual researchers, up to $2,500 USD each. Grant funds may only be used to reimburse:

  • Expenses for travel and subsistence to use the resources of the Niels Bohr Library & Archives in College Park, Maryland (easily accessible from Washington, DC)
  • Expenses for travel and subsistence to either record oral history interviews or microfilm archival materials, with a copy for deposit in the Library. Applicants should list the persons they would interview, papers they would copy or the collections at the Library they need to see; consult the online catalog, or contact us to inquire about the Library's holdings. Note that the Center also offers free transcription of interviews on a selected basis.

How to apply

Applicants should either be working toward a graduate degree in the history of science or be publishing in the field.

To apply, send the following materials by mail or email:

  • A vitae
  • A letter or reference from your thesis adviser (if you working towards a graduate degree) OR a record of publication in the field
  • A letter of no more than two pages describing your research project
  • A brief budget showing the expenses for which support is requested. (N.B. Expenses will only be reimbursed after travel has been completed and all receipts have been submitted to the Center for History of Physics)

Application materials should be addressed to:

Greg Good
Center for History of Physics
American Institute of Physics
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740
Phone: 301-209-3174
E-mail: ggood [at] aip [dot] org

Deadlines for receipt of applications: April 15 and November 15 of each year.