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 YEAR FELLOWSHIP 2013 COMPETITION
The NACBS DISSERTATION YEAR FELLOWSHIP is 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 $8,000 stipend. The runner-up will receive a $3,000 travel grant. Each advisor may nominate one candidate, who should be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or Canada, enrolled in a Ph.D. program in a U.S. or Canadian institution, and who has, at the time of application, 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 awardee must conduct full-time research in the British Isles for an extended stay.
Procedures for Application:
- 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.
- 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 the 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 Year 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, 2013. Send materials, including a current email address, to:
Chair: Professor David Campion
Department of History
Lewis & Clark College
0615 SW Palatine Hill Road
Portland, Oregon 97219, USA
Professor Shannon McSheffrey
Department of History LB-1001
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Canada H3G 1M8
Professor Robert Ingram
Bentley Annex 415
Athens, OH 45701
RECENT AWARD WINNERS
NACBS Dissertation Year Fellowship (2010)
John Collins (University of Virginia), “Martial Law in England and Empire, 1550-1700”
The NACBS Dissertation Year Fellowship has been awarded to John Collins of the University of Virginia, working under the direction of Paul Halliday on the project “Martial Law in England and Empire, 1550-1700.” John Collins aims to explore the importance of martial law in seventeenth-century constitutional debates as well as its operation in local society, connecting the world of high politics to the lived experiences of people at the parish level. He also intends to trace how martial law interacted with imperial concerns by examining its use in Ireland, Virginia, the Caribbean, and the Indian subcontinent, among other places. His year of funded research will take him to the British Library to read legal tracts dealing with the relationship between martial law and other forms of law, as well as to numerous record offices to gather material from papers and commissions detailing the work of the provost marshals charged with applying martial law. The members of the prize committee were impressed by the bold sweep of his project and its potential to shed new light on important issues of law and politics.