Pam Laird Research Grant 2017

Type: Grant

Name: Pam Laird Research Grant 2017

Location: Various

Application Deadline: May 01, 2017

Sponsoring Institution: The Mercurians


The Mercurians once again is offering the Pam Laird Research Grant (US$1,000) to defray the cost of travel and housing to use a research collection to pursue research in the history of communication technologies.

We have added this new initiative to encourage and reward high-caliber research in the history of communication technologies, broadly defined. One of the Mercurians’ missions is to encourage scholarship in the history of communication technologies. There is no research grant program (either within or outside SHOT) that we are aware of dedicated to supporting scholarship on the history of communication technologies. While the history of communication technology literature is vast and always growing, the quality of the research effort or resulting publication too often falls short of scholarly expectations.

In general, the research grant is awarded in alternating years. We awarded two such grants during the 2011 SHOT annual meeting in Cleveland. The winners were Carmen Krol, a PhD candidate in the Department of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University, and Michael Lemon, a PhD student in Latin American History at Indiana University (Bloomington). The Mercurians announced during the 2013 SHOT meeting in Portland, Maine, that Ian Johnson, a PhD student in the History Department at Ohio State University, had won. Subsequently, we announced that James Risk, a PhD student in the University of South Carolina History Department, won the 2015 Pam Laird Research Grant. We are looking forward to awarding this important research grant again in 2017 and announcing the winner during the SHOT meeting in Philadelphia.


The grant is intended for and limited to junior scholars-meaning either current graduate students or recent postgraduates (no more than three years beyond the terminal degree in their field).

Requirements and Application.

Only travel to an appropriate archival collection to carry out research on an aspect of the history of communication technology, broadly defined, will be supported. The archive can be open to the public, private, or even closed, provided that necessary permissions have been obtained from the archive.

Complete the application form (available at: and e-mail it and a
curriculum vitae (no longer than 3 pages) as attachments to the Mercurians c/o
Your curriculum vitae should include pertinent publications, fellowships, or accomplishments relevant to your proposed research, and professional societies and affiliations.

The deadline for submitting an application for the grant is May 1, 2017.

For further information or questions, please contact Andrew Butrica
at or visit our website:

Good luck!

Contact Information:
Andrew Butrica

Posted: March 27, 2017