Grants-in-aid for history of modern physics and allied fields

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

Grants can be up to $2,500 each. They can be used only to reimburse direct expenses connected with the work. Grants will be given only to reimburse:

  1. expenses for travel and subsistence to use the resources of the Center's Niels Bohr Library in College Park, Maryland (easily accessible from Washington, DC), or
  2. expenses including travel and subsistence to tape-record oral history interviews or microfilm archival materials, with a copy for deposit in the Library. Applicants should suggest the persons they would interview or papers they would microfilm, or the collections at the Library they need to see; you can consult the online catalog at our Website,, and please feel free to make inquiries about the Library's holdings. Note that the Center also offers free transcription of interviews.

We also offer grants to archives to make papers and records accessible.


Applicants should either be working toward a graduate degree in the history of science (in which case they should include a letter of reference from their thesis adviser), or show a record of publication in the field. To apply, send by mail or email a vitae, a letter of no more than two pages describing your research project, and a brief budget showing the expenses for which support is requested to:

Greg Good
Center for History of Physics
American Institute of Physics
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740
Phone: 301-209-3174
Fax: 301-209-0882

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