BAVS 2017 Bursaries

The following sixteen postgraduate and postdoctoral researcher bursaries are available for the 2017 British Association of Victorian Studies Conference, ‘Victorians Unbound: Connections and Intersections’.

BAVS is offering eight bursaries in total. Four of the bursaries are for postgraduate students while the remaining four are intended to support unwaged and hourly paid postdoctoral researchers.

Bishop Grosseteste University and the University of Lincoln are together offering eight bursaries in total (four from each institution) for postgraduate students and unwaged/hourly-paid postdoctoral researchers.

All bursaries are for £125 and are to be used by recipients to cover some of the costs of attending the conference. Please note that payment of these bursaries will only take place after BAVS 2017, once all requirements have been met.

Recipients of a bursary are required to become actively engaged at and/or after the conference in the following ways:

BAVS Bursaries:

Within two months of the conference dates, all eight recipients are required to:

  • Write a report of the conference for the BAVS Newsletterof not more than 1,500 words
  • Write a blog post for The Victorianist, on a theme or subject which has attracted their interest in the course of the conference and which has been agreed with the PGR BAVS representatives.
  • Tweet on the BAVS 2017 Twitter account during the course of the conference.

Universities Bursaries:

Within two months of the conference dates, the requirements will be as follows:

  • 4 recipients will write a blog post of not more than 1,500 words, which should be either a descriptive account of the conference itself, or a blog that demonstrates how the conference theme engages with your the recipient’s research. These will be published shortly after the conference on the institution’s website and on the Victorianist.
  • 4 recipients will produce a vlog of at least 2-3 minutes, recorded at the conference. These should be either on-site, interactive pieces or edited compilations summarising the conference. It is assumed that those producing vlogs will use their own smartphones with camera function, or personal equipment. Some technical support may be available at the conference itself. Vlogs will be uploaded to the institution’s website and to the Victorianist shortly after the conference.
  • All 8 recipients will tweet at the conference using one of the institutions’ Twitter accounts.

Bursary recipients will be expected to attend the full 3 days of the conference, and be presenting a paper.

How to Apply

Application for any of these sixteen bursaries (BAVS, Bishop Grosseteste University, and University of Lincoln bursaries) should be via a brief CV of no more than 2 pages, and a letter of not more than 1 page. In the letter, applicants should explain the reasons why they are seeking financial sponsorship and how conference attendance will contribute to their research and professional development. Applicants should also demonstrate their eligibility for the bursary by outlining the skills and previous experience which will facilitate their performance of the required tasks. Applicants should also state whether they are applying for all of the bursaries, or for a vlogging or blogging bursary specifically in the letter.

The letter of application and the CV should be sent to bavs2017@bishopgac.uk with ‘BAVS 2017 bursary application’ under the subject line by 5th June 2017. Any enquiries should be similarly addressed.

Applications for the bursaries are assessed by a panel that includes members of the BAVS Executive Committee and members of the conference organising committee.

Bursary recipients are required to be current members of BAVS. More information about BAVS membership is available at this link.

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