Postgraduate & Early Career Initiatives

Postgraduate students and early career (unestablished) scholars are an important part of the STAND community. The Commission has sought to support through a range of initiatives. This has included holding a science diplomacy-focused Global Online Workshop on 23 July 2020 for postgraduate and early career scholars.

Thanks to generous funding from the DHST, we have been able to regularly offer travel bursaries supporting postgraduate and early career participants in order to support them presenting at STAND-sponsored panels, symposia, and conferences.


The Commission has also created an annual early career scholars prize, recognising an outstanding paper addressing the history of science diplomacy (broadly defined). This award aims to provide support and recognition for fresh voices in the field. 

The winner will be invited to present their paper as part of the Commission’s Virtual Seminar Series.

Candidates must have recently been awarded a PhD (within the previous 8 years) or must be enrolled in a PhD program. We particularly encourage submissions from groups and regions underrepresented in the field of science diplomacy studies.

Essays of between 5,000-10,000 words are evaluated according to the following criteria: academic quality, methodological innovation, and the integration of novel perspectives on science diplomacy. Entries should be of work not previously published. Details about the 2023 award, including the submission and assessment process, will be published on this site by autumn 2022.

The inaugural award was announced in March 2022, recognising Dr Pete Millwood for his paper ‘A Source of Vernacular Knowledge or a Final Frontier for Globalized Science? American and Chinese Discourses on Science in the People’s Republic of China, 1971–1978’.

Postgraduate and Early Career Virtual Seminar Series

Starting in early 2022, we are also organising a series of virtual seminars devoted to postgraduate and early career scholars. The goal of these sessions is to discuss works in progress or recently-published works from postgraduates and early career scholars in a constructive and friendly environment. We welcome the participation of ECS’ and established scholars from all over the world. 

The seminars generally take place via Zoom each second Thursday of the month at 12:00 CET. The initial programme for our meetings in 2022 is: 

February 10, 2022: Kickoff Meeting
Introduction to the seminars and discussion of the paper: Matthew Adamson and Roberto Lalli, ‘Global perspectives on science diplomacy: Exploring the diplomacy-knowledge nexus in contemporary histories of science’, Centaurus, vol. 63, 1 (February 2021).

March 10, 2022:
Daniel Gamito-Marques (Nova University, Lisbon):
‘Science for Competition among Powers: Geographical Knowledge, Colonial-Diplomatic Networks, and the Scramble for Africa’

April 14, 2022, 13-14:30h CEST:
Grigoris Panoutsopoulos (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens): ‘Investigating CERN’s Science Diplomacy in the Midst of the Cold War: The Case of CERN-Serpukhov Experiment’

May 12, 2022, 13-14:30h CEST:
Barbara Hof (University of Zurich): ‘Particles, Purity, and Politics: The rise of a new subdiscipline of physics in the 1950s’

June 2, 2022, 13-14:30h CEST: Roundtable ECR Prize from the Commission on History of Science, Technology and Diplomacy

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