LAURA BASSI SCHOLARSHIP

The Laura Bassi Scholarship was established by Editing Press in 2018 with the aim of providing editorial assistance to postgraduates and junior academics whose research focuses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed, within their disciplines. The scholarships are open to every discipline and are awarded twice a year: December and April. The value of the scholarships are remitted through editorial assistance as follows:

Master’s candidates: $750
Doctoral candidates: $2,500
Junior academics: $500

These figures reflect the upper bracket of costs of editorial assistance for master’s theses, doctoral dissertations, and academic journal articles, respectively. All currently enrolled master’s and doctoral candidates are eligible to apply, as are academics in the first five years of their employment. There are no institutional, departmental, or national restrictions.

Deadlines

Winter 2018

Deadline: 25 November 2018
Results: 15 December 2018

Spring 2019

Deadline: 25 March 2019
Results: 15 April 2019

How to Apply

Applicants are required to submit a completed application form along with their CV to scholarships@editing.press by the relevant deadline.

Laura Bassi

Born in Bologna in 1711, Laura Bassi was the first woman to take up a professorship in Europe and the second to earn a doctorate. Her extraordinary career as an academic spanned nearly five decades, for much of which she was a galvanizing figure for the scientific culture of eighteenth century Europe. Bassi’s admirers included the likes of Voltaire in France, who preferred Bassi’s academy to that of London’s, and Dorothea Erxleben in Germany, the first woman to earn a medical doctorate, who notably found inspiration in Bassi’s fierce struggle for equal opportunity for women. Her career culminated in her succession to the chair of physics (then known as natural philosophy) at the University of Bologna in 1776—a role in which her husband, Giuseppe Veratti, was her assistant.

The Editing Press Laura Bassi Scholarship is named in her honour, in part with the intention of supporting work undertaken against the grain of the disciplinary fashions of academia.

For further reading on Laura Bassi, see:

P Findlen, ‘Science as a Career in Enlightenment Italy: The Strategies of Laura Bassi’ (1993) 84 Isis 441.

The Biblioteca Comunale dell’Archiginnasio di Bologna (in collaboration with the Stanford University Libraries) has compiled a digital archive of Bassi’s family papers, available here.

For further reading on pioneering women academics, philosophers in particular, see:

Project Vox

TB Dykeman (ed), The Neglected Canon: Nine Women Philosophers (Springer 1999)

LL McAlister (ed), Hypatia's Daughters: 1500 Years of Women Philosophers (Indiana University Press 1996)

FAQ

How much funding is available in each round?

We have set aside $10,000 per round of funding (or roughly $20,000 per annum), which is divided between any combination of master’s, doctoral, or junior academic applicants at the discretion of the Scholarship Advisory Board.

Who sits on the Scholarship Advisory Board?

The Advisory board comprises the members of our editorial collective in addition to academics in fields with which we are not especially familiar and whose expertise we may need to call upon in judging the applications before us.

How many times can I apply?

There are no restrictions on how many times one can apply, nor on how many times successful candidates can apply—though, in the case of the latter, preference is given to applicants who have not been given scholarships in the past.

Can I apply with more than one paper?

We ask that candidates restrict themselves to one paper per application per round.

Do you favour certain disciplines over others?

Not at all. Applicants from every discipline are encouraged to apply.

Can the funds from the Scholarship be used for other purposes, such as open access fees or, indeed, anything else?

No, unfortunately. The value of the Scholarship will be remitted through editorial assistance provided by Editing Press.

My university does not consider me to be a 'candidate' in my master's / doctoral programme yet, but am I still eligible for the Scholarship?

Yes, and you are very much encouraged to apply.

Can I submit an application in a language other than English?

The application must be submitted in English, but we are happy to consider awarding the Scholarship for non-English language manuscripts. In addition to English, we are also able to work in French and German.

I have more questions, how can I get in touch?

You may submit your queries to scholarships@editing.press. Please allow 24 hours for a reply.