Every year the Committee for the History of Electricity and Energy assigns financial research aid of between 1,500€ and 3,000€. Only students enrolled in a higher education establishment are eligible. Historical study might be favored, but work in other fields is also accepted provided it has a historical perspective: geography, sociology, economy, communication sciences, management, archiving.
Applications are to be submitted in French or English, however work conducted in any language is accepted. If a research project is going to be conducted in another language, awardees will have to provide a 10 page summary of their dissertation in French or English.
“The Committee for the History of Electricity and Energy 2013/2014 scholarship allowed me to deepen part of my doctoral thesis, defended on May 27, 2014 and titled Les consuls français en Sardaigne dans la décennie pré-unitaire. Politique, économie et société, with a chapter on “La pose d’un câble sous-marin entre la Sardaigne et l’Algérie - entreprise extraordinaire de la Société du Télégraphe Électrique Méditerranéen décrite par les consuls français à Cagliari au Ministère des Affaires Étrangères (1855-1857).” I made it a specific theme of the thesis.
“Thanks to the committee’s support, I conducted my research in France and Sardinia and was able to add more unexpected details.”
I consulted the documents relative to the attempts to lay telegraphic cables in the following archives: Diplomatic Archives of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, La Courneuve, Paris; National Archives, Paris/Pierrefitte-sur-Seine; Defense Historical Service, Vincennes; National Library of France, Paris; State Archive of Cagliari, Italy (Consular and Commercial Correspondence, Hydrographic Service, Hydrographic Voyages and Missions etc.)”.
Sara Cossu, awardee in 2013-2014
“The Committee of Electricity and Energy History scholarship is a real support for the proper execution of doctoral research. Its openness to different disciplines is a real strength, thus allowing a transdisciplinarity that guarantees innovative research. For my part, the scholarship allowed me to partially finance multiple trips to the historical EDF archive centre in Blois, without which my scientific support would have suffered. Part of the grant was very useful in acquisition of costly works – such as the volumes of the General History of Electricity in France by Henri Morsel.
"Being a scholarship holder allows young researchers to benefit from the Committee’s resources, in grey matter, but also from its members’ scientific knowledge. Meetings and events that it organises are also an important support."
For many reasons, I am thankful for the financial and human support that the Committee gave my doctoral research (Prix Jeune Chercheur 2015 from the Dauphine Foundation and finalist for the RIODD thesis prize), and I encourage PhD students that want to participate in the construction of knowledge related to the history of electricity and energy to apply.”
Celine Berrier-Lucas, awardee in 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014