Santorio Award for Excellence in Research

The Centre for the Study of Medicine and the Body in the Renaissance (CSMBR) announces a new international scheme, the Santorio Award for Excellence in Research.

This award is designed to support scholarly excellence in intellectual history and to promote the best PhD theses in the history of medicine and science with a focus on European and the Western traditions (widely construed, including interactions with, and borrowings from, other cultures/traditions/practices around the Mediterranean, especially Arabic and Hebrew) throughout the period 1100-1800.

It is named after the Italian physician and philosopher Santorio Santori (1561-1636), who is considered the father of quantitative experimental physiology.

Nature of the Award

The award consists of a cash prize (for the first position) plus a medal and a publication for the two first selected works with the series Palgrave Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Medicine (editors: J. Barry and F. Bigotti).

1st  Place:       € 1.500 + medal + publication*

2nd Place:                       medal + publication*

*Publication is agreed separately by the editors of the series upon the whole work passing the double peer-review process.


The award is open to PhD students and early career scholars of all nationalities within six years from their viva (not prior to 1st June 2013).

Application Process

Applicants should send a cover letter with the index of their thesis plus a significant chapter of it to Each applicant will then select one referee, better if the PhD supervisor, who will be sending their reference letter separately to the head of the scientific committee at

Closing date for Application: 

25 February 2020 with successful applicants notified in early May.

Ceremony Award

Successful applicants will receive their award during the last day of the 2020 CSMBR conference, whose date will be communicated later this year, and invited to present a paper on their thesis.

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