Events & Opportunities

Last Updated: February, 2020

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A Canadian not-for-profit research organization with several opportunities for students and scholars.
Students: Please see the Globalink Research Internship and Research Award below.
Postdocs: varying ongoing funding opportunities, check the website for details
Established scholars: varying ongoing funding opportunities, check the website for details

Mitacs Globalink Research Award

The Globalink Research Award provides an opportunity for faculty at Canadian universities to strengthen existing international research collaborations and connect with colleagues around the world through the mobility of senior undergraduate and graduate students. Partner countries include: Brazil, China, France, India, Mexico, Tunisia. Open to students from all disciplines.
Calls for applications are issued three times per year: January, May, and September.  See Mitacs for more details.

Mitacs Globalink Research Internships

The Mitacs Globalink Research Internship is a competitive initiative for international undergraduates from Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Vietnam. From May to September of each year, top-ranked applicants participate in a 12-week research internship under the supervision of Canadian university faculty members in a variety of academic disciplines, from science, engineering and mathematics to the humanities and social sciences.

Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute

Funding opportunities for Canadian and Indian scholars and students; varying awards and deadlines

Nova Scotia Institute of Science Student Writing Competition

The 2020 annual competition deadlines have passed. The 2021 competition will open in January 2021.
Notification of intent to enter competition: Friday, January 21, 2020
Submission deadline for article: Friday, February 14, 2020

There are two categories – one for undergraduate students and one for graduate students registered at a university in Nova Scotia. The NSIS also offers a mentorship program for students in science and science-related fields.

Fellowships / Postdoctoral Research Opportunities


Limited Term Appointment
University of King’s College, Halifax, Canada
Deadline: 18 March 2020

The History of Science and Technology (HOST) Program at the University of King’s College invites applications for a one-year, Limited Term Appointment in History and Philosophy of Science and/or Science and Technology Studies commencing July 1, 2020.

The appointment will be at the rank of (visiting) Assistant Professor (full time or, at minimum, a 2/3rd appointment, with the possibility of renewal for one more year, subject to review and budgetary approval).

Deadline is 18 March 2020.  Please check out the job ad from the University of King’s College.

Events of Interest & Journal CFPs



Giovanni Botero and the Comparative Study of Early Modern Forms of Government
Principal Investigator: Vasileios Syros, Senior Research Fellow, Academy of Finland

Political Power in Europe and Islam
Principal Investigator: Vasileios Syros, Senior Research Fellow, Academy of Finland

Beyond Golden Age and Decline: The Legacy of Muslim Societies in Global Modernity 1300-1900
This project aims to reshape dominant thinking about the impact of Muslim societies in the formation of modern world, with focus on political, cultural, artistic, economic and social achievements between 1300 and 1900.

Center for Comparative Inquiry and Global Order

Empire in Asia: A New Global History
The National University of Singapore
This grant will fund the first complete history of empire and imperialism in modern Asia. This project departs from existing scholarly literature by combining the work of numerous specialists to create a more balanced and sophisticated analysis than any one scholar could do alone.
Principal Investigator: Brian Farrell, Professor of History at NUS

George Mason University ECHO Project
Exploring and collecting history online: science, technology, and industry.
See page on Modern Science and Dialogue Among Civilizations written by Arun Bala.

International Studies Association
Connecting scholars, practitioners, and students across the globe.

Korean Research Foundation

Science, Technology and Art in International Relations (STAIR)

The aim of STAIR is to systematize, enhance and substantiate a cross-disciplinary
discourse on the pervasiveness of science, art/creativity, and technology in international

Visions of Empire and Urban Organization in Early Modern Europe and the Islamic Empires from the 16th to the 19th century
Principal Applicant: Vasileios Syros, Senior Research Fellow, Academy of Finland


History of Science in South Asia

HSSA publishes high-quality academic research in the history of science, with a focus on South Asia. We take “South Asia” as an inclusive, non-political, socio-geographic term referring to the area from Afghanistan to Sri Lanka, from Pakistan to Bangladesh, and of course India. We take “science” to be broadly conceived, and to include all forms of rigorous intellectual activity that adopt at least to some extent a quantitative and empirical approach, as in the German “Die Wissenschaft,” that covers most forms of academic scholarship. Theoretical discussions of the meaning of “science” in the South Asian context are welcome. They should presuppose some familiarity with topics such as those raised in sources like Grant, A History of Natural Philosophy (2007), Latour, Laboratory Life (1979), Staal,Concepts of Science in Europe and Asia (1993, PDF), Shapin, “Science and the Modern World” (2007, PDF), Netz, The Shaping of Deduction (2003, PDF of review by Latour), Pollock, “The Languages of Science in Early-Modern India” (in Forms of Knowledge in Early Modern Asia, 2011), and similar reflective works that explore Global History, the interpretation of Modernities, and the general meaning of science in the pre-modern world.

Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science
“Spontaneous Generations is an online, peer-reviewed academic journal established to provide a platform for interdisciplinary discussion and debate about issues that concern the community of scholars in the history and philosophy of science and related fields. A unique feature of the journal is a Focused Discussion section consisting of short peer-reviewed and invited articles devoted to a particular theme that alternates every issue. The journal also publishes original peer-reviewed research papers, opinions pieces and book-reviews.”
For more information, to read previous issues, or to submit a paper for consideration, please visit

Centres and Institutions


Centre for Dialogue 
La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia)
Primarily committed to research but also education and training, policy development and community engagement focusing on the philosophy, method and practice of dialogue. The Centre will develop a programme of on-going and intensive interaction in Australia and internationally, involving scholars and experts as well as practitioners in government, industry, labour, international organisations, professional associations and the community sector more generally.


Indian Ocean World Centre
McGill University (Montreal, Canada)
The Indian Ocean World Centre (IOWC) at McGill University is a research initiative and resource base established to promote the study of the history, economy and cultures of the lands and peoples of the Indian Ocean world (IOW)–from China to Southeast and South Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
University of Toronto (Canada)
Founded in 1967, it is a graduate studies and research institute offering MA and PhD degrees, as well as undergraduate courses. The main areas of faculty expertise are: history of medicine and biological sciences, history of mathematics and physical sciences, history of technology, general philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, philosophy of medicine, philosophy of physics and philosophy of mathematics.

Institute of Islamic Studies
McGill University (Montreal, Canada)
Founded in 1952 along with the Islamic Studies Library, the Institute of Islamic Studies has been part of the Faculty of Arts since 2001. Its main focus is the disciplined study of Islamic civilisation throughout the scope of its history and geographical spread.

Science & Technology Studies Graduate Program
University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada)
STS students at UBC can choose from a wide variety of courses that bear on the conceptual foundations, practices, institutions, social significance, and values of science and technology. UBC is especially strong in history and philosophy of science and technology; rhetoric and communication of science and technology; science, technology and values; and science and technology policy.


Centre for World Environmental History
University of Sussex (Brighton, UK)
The Centre is currently collaborating with Kew Gardens, The Botanical Survey of India, and Jawaharlal Nehru University on a project on Joseph Hooker and India, and with the British Library and the U.K. Met Office on a project on historical records and climate change.  It is also collaborating on another project on plant transfers led by Heather Goodhall and Jodi Frawley at the Institute of Technology, University of Sydney.

King’s India Institute 
King’s College London (London, UK)
Created as a centre for global engagement with contemporary India. The India Institute is committed to building India’s human and intellectual capacities to address global issues on its own terms, foster long-range thinking on India’s most essential dilemmas, and deepen international comprehension of the distinctive character of India’s growth path and its challenges.

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Founded in 1994, the Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte (MPIWG) in Berlin is one of the more than eighty research institutes administered by the Max Planck Society. It is dedicated to the study of the history of science and aims to understand scientific thinking and practice as historical phenomena.


I.T. for Change
An NGO located in Bengaluru, India, that works for the innovative and effective use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to promote socio-economic change in the global South, from an equity, social justice and gender equality point of view.
Bengaluru, India

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali
Established in 2007 by the Government of India, through the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), to carry out research in frontier areas of science and to provide quality science education at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Ajitgarh, India

Shastri Institute-Mount Allison University Summer Program in Mysore
This unique program will provide students from all over Canada an opportunity to participate in a cultural and educational immersion in an Indian environment over the course of eight weeks from June until the end of July. Students will reside at the Vivekananda Institute for India Studies (VIIS), which is located in the historic South Indian city of Mysore.


Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs
Georgetown University (Washington, DC and Doha, Qatar)
Through research, teaching, and service, the Center explores global challenges of democracy and human rights; economic and social development; international diplomacy; and inter-religious understanding.


The History of Astronomical and Mathematical Sciences in India (HAMSI) Working Group
The University of Canterbury (Christchurch, NZ)
Chennai Mathematical Institute (Chennai, India)
Union College (New York, US)
Dedicated to fostering and disseminating research in the history of Indian exact sciences (including astronomy, mathematics, and related subjects), and integrating it into the history of mathematics in general.

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