Research awards at the Osler Library for the History of Medicine

Each year the Osler Library offers a number of awards and travel grants to local and international historians, physicians, graduate and post-doctoral students, and independent scholars whose research touches upon the history of medicine. From now through 6 January 2023, we are accepting applications for the following awards/grants to be awarded during the next fiscal year, 1 May 2023 – 30 April 2024:

Dr. Edward H. Bensley Osler Library Research Travel Grant – Awarded to those whose project requires travel to Montreal to consult material in the Osler Library, such as rare books, archives, and artifacts. Each year up to $5,000 (CDN) in awards will be made available to one or more individuals who require a minimum of 2 weeks to carry out their research.

Mary Louise Nickerson Travel Grant – This award is open to scholars who need to travel to Montreal to carry out research using Osler Library collections (e.g., rare books, archives, and artifacts). Awards totalling approximately $13,000 (CDN) are typically divided among a small number of scholars, whose individual awards depend upon need and duration of visit.  

Dr. Dimitrije Pivnicki Award in Neuro and Psychiatric History – Awarded to one or more students and/or scholars wishing to carry out research utilizing the rich archival and monographic holdings at McGill University, such as the Osler Library (including the Penfield Archive), the Montreal Neurological Institute, and the McGill University Archives. Awards totalling approximately $13,000 (CDN) are usually divided among a small number of scholars, whose individual awards depend upon need and duration of visit. 

Additional information about terms, requirements, how to apply, previous winners, and general information about the Osler Library can be found via our main branch page. We welcome all further inquiries at

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