Call for Applications for 2021 AIHP PhD Research Grants

Theme for 2021 Grants: “Barriers & Margins”

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AIHP is now accepting applications for 2021 AIHP PhD Research Support Grants. The deadline for receipt of applications is March 1, 2021. The AIHP PhD Research Support Grant Program encourages academic research by doctoral candidates on topics related to the (broadly defined) history of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals. The Program provides grants of up to $2,000, and AIHP hopes to fund two PhD Research Support Grants in 2021.

The theme for the 2021 AIHP PhD Research Grant Program is “Barriers & Margins.” The fields of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals have often witnessed social, economic, racial, gender, and other barriers that have marginalized certain segments of the population. Many of these stories remain untold. For this year’s grant competition, we particularly encourage applications from students pursuing historical projects that engage with race, colonialism, gender, or inequality as they relate to social or cultural reconfigurations in pharmacy, pharmaceutical fields, and the adjacent health disciplines.

Recipients can use grant funds to cover research-related costs and expenses that are not reimbursed by the researcher’s university.

Grant winners must provide a brief report to AIHP about their grant-funded research one year after receiving the grant money. Within two years of receiving the grant, recipients must also agree to submit a manuscript based on their research for consideration for publication in AIHP’s journal, History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals.

AIHP will give special attention to research proposals related to the theme of “Barriers & Margins” in 2021. “Preserving the histories of persons of color, women, and other underrepresented groups in pharmacy is vitally important in the era of Black Lives Matter and #MeToo,” said AIHP Historical Director Lucas Richert, PhD, the George Urdang Chair in the History of Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Pharmacy. The theme of “Barriers & Margins” seeks to generate a greater historical discussion about racial justice, health disparities, and marginalized groups in the history of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals.

Application details for the AIHP PhD Research Support Grant Program and a list of past grant recipients are available on the Institute’s website.

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