Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry Award Scheme 2015

Opening date: 1 March 2015
Closing date for applications: 31 May 2015

The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry invites applications for its award scheme for 2015. SHAC offers two types of award: support for research into the history of chemistry or history of alchemy by New Scholars and support for Subject Development of either history of chemistry or history of alchemy. The deadline for both awards is 31 May 2015.

The New Scholars Award is open to post-graduate students (both masters and doctoral students) and those who have obtained a PhD within five years of 1 January of the year in which the application is made. Awards of up to £500 will be made to cover research expenses, including travel, accommodation, subsistence, the reproduction of documents, and library fees. Applications may also include the costs of reproducing images for publication. The scheme will not fund the purchase of equipment or course fees.

In addition, post-graduate students only may apply for the costs of travel to conferences and accommodation, but only in order to give a paper. The scheme will not pay conference registration fees.

An activity report must be submitted at the end of the Award. This will be publicised in the Chemical Intelligence newsletter.

Subject Development Awards of up to £500 will be made to support activities including, but not limited to, seminars, workshops, colloquia, lecture series, conference sessions, conferences, exhibitions and outreach activities that support either the history of chemistry or history of alchemy as academic subjects.

Please note that awards do not have to be held in the UK.

Only members of the Society, both those in the UK and those overseas, may apply. Members must be in good standing at the time of making an application, and, if successful, throughout the period of an award. For more information and application forms, please contact Membership enquiries should be made to

Morris Award for 2015

The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry solicits nominations for the 2015 John and Martha Morris Award for Outstanding Achievement in the History of Modern Chemistry or the History of the Chemical Industry. This award honours the memory of John and Martha Morris, the late parents of Peter Morris, the former editor of Ambix, who has contributed the endowment for this award. The recipient chosen to receive the Morris Award will be expected to deliver a lecture at a meeting of SHAC, where the awardee will be presented with an appropriate framed photograph, picture or document and the sum of £300. The award is international in scope, and nominations are invited from anywhere in the world. The first Morris Award was given to Professor Raymond Stokes (University of Glasgow) for his path-breaking work on the German chemical industry. The second award was given to Professor Mary Jo Nye (Oregon State University) for her work on physical chemistry and the boundary between physics and chemistry in the twentieth century.

A complete nomination consists of
  • a complete curriculum vitae for the nominee, including biographical data, educational background, awards, honours, list of publications, and other service to the profession; 
  • a letter of nomination summarising the nominee’s achievements in the field of history of modern chemistry and/or the history of the chemical industry and citing unique contributions that merit this award; and 
  • two or more seconding letters
Only complete nominations will be considered for the award and the nomination documents must be submitted in electronic form. All nomination materials should be submitted by e-mail to Peter Morris at and a separate email which indicates that the material has been submitted should be sent to the same address (a precaution in case of incomplete transmission of documents) for arrival no later than 1 May 2015.

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Sent on behalf of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry, by Dr Anna Simmons, Honorary Membership Secretary