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The official publication of the North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS), the Journal of British Studies, has positioned itself as the critical resource for scholars of British culture from the Middle Ages through the present. Drawing on both established and emerging approaches, JBS presents scholarly articles and books reviews from renowned international authors who share their ideas on British society, politics, law, economics, and the arts. In 2005 (Vol. 44), the journal merged with the NACBS publication Albion, creating one journal for NACBS membership.

NACBS-Dissertation Fellowship


The NACBS DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIPis awarded to support dissertation research in the British Isles on any topic of British (including Scottish, Irish and Imperial) history or British Studies. The Fellowship consists of a $10,000 stipend. Two runners-up will receive a $5,000 travel grant. Each advisor may nominate one candidate enrolled in a Ph.D. program in a U.S. or Canadian institution. At the time of application, the nominee must have completed all degree requirements save the dissertation. 

  • The nomination must be made by the student's dissertation advisor, supported by one additional letter of recommendation.   The nominating advisor must be a member of the NACBS.
  • The candidate must need to travel to the British Isles for the purpose of dissertation research. The fellowship awardee must conduct full-time research in the British Isles for an extended stay of at least three-months duration. Travel grant awardees may conduct shorter research trips. 

Procedures for Application:

  1. The application consists of the two letters of nomination and recommendation described above; a one-page curriculum vitae of the candidate; and a 1000 word research proposal written by the candidate, which should explain the importance of the topic to the field of British history and include a description of the relevant primary materials that are to be consulted in the British Isles.  Appended to the CV should be a list of the financial support (source, type and amount) received by the applicant since the beginning of graduate study, and an indication of any current pending applications for financial aid to support dissertation research
  2. Letters of reference should address themselves not only to the student's past record, but also to the importance of the topic and the need to pursue research in the British Isles. The major advisor, in endorsing the candidate, is also confirming the ABD status of the candidate and the financial information requested above.

Send a copy of the application package to each member of the Dissertation Fellowship Committee listed below. Letters of reference should be placed in sealed envelopes, signed across the flap, and given to the applicant for inclusion in the application package. Applications must be postmarked by April 1, 2014. Send materials, including a current email address, to:  

Chair: Dr. Robert Ingram
Department of History
Ohio University
Bentley Annex 415
Athens, OH 45701  USA 
Dr. Stephen Brooke
Department of History
York University
2140 Vari Hall
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3  CANADA 
Dr. Paul Readman
Department of History
King’s College London
Room S 8.12
London WC2R 2LS  UK


NACBS Dissertation Year Fellowship (2013)

Hillary Taylor, Yale University: "Voices of the People: Language, Class and Politics in Early Modern England."

Ms. Taylor’s dissertation investigates the causes and consequences of plebeian “inarticulacy” amid such socio-economic changes in Early Modern England as the expansion of the gentry, the growth of commercial and professional classes, and the emergence of a larger population of landless permanent laborers. This innovative and ambitious approach to examining the social soundscape of plebeian England revolves around the binaries of universality/particularity and inclusion/exclusion that characterize the development of language. Ms. Taylor’s research engages not only with the overlooked subject of the language of the lower classes, but with the daily experiences and attitudes of those at the bottom and how these affected politics, economics, and social developments during this period.


Dissertation Year Travel Grant

Jennifer Wells, Brown University: “Prelude to empire: state-building in Cromwellian Ireland and Scotland, 1649–1660”

In this dissertation, Ms. Wells seeks to provide the first comprehensive analysis of state-building in Scotland and Ireland during the Interregnum from the English, Irish and Scottish perspectives. Her project focuses on the ways that England’s proto-imperial network subdued and integrated two neighboring countries through various legal, financial, administrative, educational and religious measures as forms of legitimation to consolidate power and establish authority in the wake of violent conquest. Its goal is to demonstrate further how English domestic state-formation evolved into an imperial framework in Ireland and Scotland in the 1650s and the ways in which modern state- and empire-building borrowed from each other during this transformation.