Dr. Edward H. Bensley Osler Library Research Travel Grant

Dr. Edward Horton Bensley (1906-1995)The Dr. Edward H. Bensley Osler Library Research Travel Grant is available to historians, physicians, graduate and post-doctoral students, and to those interested in the arts and humanities of medical history whose project requires them to travel to Montreal to  consult material in the Osler Library. Each year up to $4,000 in awards will be made to one or more individuals who require a minimum of 2 weeks to carry out their research in the calendar year in which the grant is awarded.

"I just wanted to thank you for having me up at the Osler for the past three weeks. It was an incredibly productive time for me, not only in the resources I was able to consult, but also regarding the McGill faculty and graduate students I was able to meet. In the end, I not only saw Annmarie Adams and Mary Hunter, but was also able to meet Mary's graduate students."

Kathleen Pierce, Rutgers University
2016 winner

The Osler Library Research Travel Grant is endowed through the generosity of graduates of the Class of Medicine of 1936, and a $100,000 gift from the Pope-Jackson Fund.  The grant recognises Dr. E.H. Bensley’s place in the history of the library.  A former dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Bensley's later life was devoted to the history of medicine.  He was affiliated with the Department of the History of Medicine (fore-runner of the present Department of Social Studies of Medicine) and taught the history of medicine to second year medical students.  He also edited the Osler Library Newsletter and wrote extensively.  His last book, “McGill Medical Luminaries,” was the first title to appear in the Osler Library Studies in the History of Medicine series.  He was named Honourary Osler Librarian in 1979.

Applicants should fill in the Osler Library Travel Grant Application Form and email it with their CV to the Osler Library, see email address below.

The applications are considered by a committee which gives preference to specific and clearly described projects. Recipients will be requested to submit a report of their work suitable for publication in the Osler Library Newsletter and may be requested to give a brief presentation at the University.

Deadline: 2016-2017 deadlines have closed. Please check back in winter 2017 for 2018-2019 deadline.

 

Requests for further information should be addressed to:

Osler Library

Telephone (514) 398-4475 extension 09873
E-mail osler.library [at] mcgill.ca (subject: Bensley%20Osler%20Library%20Research%20Travel%20Grant)


Congratulations to our 2017 recipients!

  • Dr. Shilpa Bhat Daithota is Assistant Professor English at Ahmedabad University, Gujarat, India. Her project, "Tropical Medicines, Indian Pathologies, and the British Raj in Sir Willliam Osler’s Letters," centers around an examination Osler's writings concerning his visit to India and tropical medicine, with an interest in the connection between representation and discussion of diseases and colonialism.
  • Prof. Eliza Glaze is the Lawrence B. and Jane P. Clark Chair in History at Coastal Carolina University. At Osler, she will be consulting early printed texts by medieval and early modern authors on topics such as fevers, pharmacy, dietetics, and therapeutic bathing to complete a scholarly introduction and annotations to her critical edition of Gariopontus of Salerno’s Passionarius, to be published by SISMEL Edizione del Galluzzo as part of the 'Edizione Nazionale La Scuola Medica Salernitana' series.
  • Cam Terwilliger teaches creative writing at Drew University and his fiction has appeared in literary journals since 2004. He will conduct research on eighteenth-century medical sources for his project, Yet Wilderness Grew in my Heart, a novel set during the Seven Years War (1756-1763) that centers around a European physician living among the Mohawk people studying Native medicines.

Previous winners

2016

  • Kathleen Pierce is a PhD candidate in Art History at Rutgers University. Her dissertation analyzes the imbrication of disease, the family, and empire in the visual culture of France and its colonies at the turn of the twentieth century. This grant will allow her to complete a chapter, wherein she plans to deconstruct the iconography of prophylactic poster campaigns against syphilis.
  • Dr. Heather Stanley is a postdoctoral fellow in History at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her current project is a social and cultural history of postpartum depression in twentieth-century Canada, with an end goal of publication as a scholarly monograph and an eventual manuscript.

2015

  • Dr. Elma Brenner is a Specialist in Medieval and Early Modern Medicine at the Wellcome Library in London. Her project, Early Printing on the French Disease at the Osler Library, will study a number of early printed works on the French Disease in order to chart contemporary responses to this phenomenon, with the end goal to publish her findings in an article.

  • Emily Lockhart completed her BFA (Honours with Distinction) in Communication and Design, Photography at Ryerson University. The travel grant will be used to support phase two of a historical photographic project, which will result in a series of images exploring the spaces of medical instruction and study at McGill today and in the wake of the First World War. It will have two publication aims: a gallery exhibition timed to coincide with the reconstruction of the Medical Museum in 2015, and a companion catalogue volume supplemented by archival research.

  • Dr. Sasha Mullally is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of New Brunswick. The travel grant will be used to support research for a book-length manuscript on the history of physician immigration to Canada, c.1955-1980.

2014

  • Dr. Mary E. Fissell is a Professor in the Department of the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. The travel grant will allow her to conduct research for her book project on the history of Aristotle’s Masterpiece, a popular work on what we would now call reproduction.

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