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The Soon-Young Kim Award in the History of East Asian Science and Technology, 31 janvier 2015


The Trustees of the Needham Research Institute invite applications from suitably qualified candidates for a Soon-Young Kim Award in the History of East Asian Science and Technology.  The Award will be tenable from October 2015.


The Award may be held in either of two modes:



(a) A one-year post-doctoral research fellowship.

(b) The first year of a studentship to support research for the degree of PhD in the University of Cambridge, with the potential for renewal year by year thereafter.

Applicants must specify clearly under which mode they wish to hold the Award when making their application.  Applications should be made by email, using the application form available here. 

Closing date is January 31st 2015. 


Priority in making awards will be given to applicants who propose to carry out research in the following areas, which are given in order of priority:


(1) The history of science and technology in modern Korea


(2) The history of science and technology in modern Japan


(3) The history of science and technology in modern China, or the history of modern medicine in any of the above three countries.


The word ‘modern’ here designates the period after 1850, and ‘science’ is taken to include mathematics, whether pure or applied. Strong preference will be given to projects centering on the 20th century or later.


Post-doctoral research fellowship mode:


If the Award is to be held under this mode, the applicant must hold the degree of PhD in a relevant area of research.  The award will consist of a stipend to meet the expenses of living in Cambridge, where the Award holder will be expected to reside during tenure of the award.  The Award holder will be given office space in the Needham Research Institute, and will be expected to participate fully in the academic life of the Institute.


Candidates should send the completed application form with a full curriculum vitae, a detailed research proposal, and the name of two academic referees who are prepared to report in confidence on the candidate’s work.


PhD studentship mode:


The purpose of the Studentship is to support students who have been admitted to work for a PhD degree in the University of Cambridge in the areas of study specified above. In the case of a student admitted directly to work for the PhD degree, the award shall be for three years at maximum. In appropriate cases, where the student is initially admitted to work for an MPhil preparatory to beginning work for a PhD, the Trustees may be prepared to consider making the award for up to four years at maximum.  In all cases the continuation of the award from year to year will be conditional on the student making satisfactory progress in the view of the Trustees.  The successful candidate will be given working space in the Needham Research Institute (, which has unparalleled research facilities in the fields of the history of science, technology and medicine in East Asia.  The Studentship is associated with Darwin College, and the successful award holder will normally be admitted to full membership of the College for the tenure of the Studentship.


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