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 organizing 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. If you would like to participate, please send an email to:

The seminars generally take place via Zoom each second Thursday of the month at 13:00 CEST/12:00 CET. The initial programme for our meetings in 2022-2023 is: 

October 13, 13h CEST: Alice Naisbitt (PhD student, University of Manchester), “The Power of Exchange: Anglo-Soviet Scientific Relations at the British Council”

November 10, 12h CET: Loukas Freiris (PhD student, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg), “Through Diplomatic Channels”: Science, Diplomacy, and Greece’s efforts for election to the IAEA Board of Governors (1957-1961)”

December 8, 12h CET: Felipe Eduardo Trujillo Bilbao (PhD student at the Instituto de Historia, Pontificia Universidad de Chile), “This was new to Chile: Engineering and green revolution. Epistemic cultures in the training of engineers in Chile during the Cold War (1949-1974)”

January 12 2023, 12h CET: Zsuzsanna Ihar (PhD student at the University of Cambridge), “Warring Waves – The Sonic (De)militarisation of the Hebrides”

February 9 2023, 12h CET: Luciana Vieira Souza da Silva (Postdoctoral Research Fellow. State University of Campinas, São Paulo Research Foundation), “Science and diplomacy in the origins of the Maison du Brésil of the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris (1920-1979)”

March 9 2023, 12h CET: Leo Chu (PhD student, University of Cambridge), “Territorial Seeds: Multiple Cropping and Geopolitical Security in Mainland Southeast Asia, 1968–1987”

April 13, 2023: Zhang Jingfei (Postdoctoral Researcher, Beijing University), “Earthquake data and instruments’ role in China-US scientific relations during the 1970s and 1980s”

May 11, 2023: TBD

June 8, 2023: TBD

June 22, 13h CEST: Wrap up meeting

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