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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.


The NACBS, in collaboration with the Huntington Library, offers annually the NACBS-HUNTINGTON LIBRARY FELLOWSHIP to aid in dissertation research in British Studies using the collections of the library.  The amount of the fellowship is $3500.  A requirement for holding the fellowship is that the time of tenure be spent in residence at the Huntington Library.  The time of residence varies, but may be as brief as one month. Applicants must be U. S. or Canadian citizens or permanent residents and enrolled in a Ph.D. program in a U. S. or Canadian institution. 

Nominations and applications for the 2022 award are invited. Please note that the applications are due on July 15, 2022.  Applications should consist of a curriculum vitae, a description of the dissertation research project, and two supporting letters (one from the applicant's dissertation advisor). The letters should include a description of the materials to be consulted at the Huntington and the reason that these are essential sources for the dissertation.

A copy of the c.v. and the description of the dissertation project should be sent electronically via e-mail (as a single WORD or PDF file) to each member of the Huntington Library Fellowship Committee listed below. Letters of recommendation should be sent electronically as well to each committee member directly by the referee. The application file should be named (APPLICANT’S LAST NAME_Application) and letters of recommendation should be named (APPLICANT’S LAST NAME_Letter). Materials must be submitted electronically by 11:59 PM on July 15, 2022. Awards will be announced by September 15, 2022.
Applicants for the NACBS fellowship are also welcome to apply to supplement that award with a short-term award from the Huntington Library itself under the terms of its own fellowship competition, the closing date for which is November 15, 2022See: 
Send materials to:  

Urvashi Chakravarty
Department of English
University of Toronto-Scarborough
[email protected]

Hannah Weiss Muller
Department of History
Boston University
[email protected]

Simon Devereaux
Department of History
University of Victoria
[email protected]


Rachel Podd (Fordham University), “Medieval Conceptions of Health and Illness: Regimen Sanitatis and Medical Recipes at the Huntington Library.”

Rachel Podd's doctoral dissertation explores the lived experience of illness in late medieval England. The project combines historical analysis with a variety of other disciplinary methods, including anthropological perspectives, demography, and bio-archeology. At the Huntington, she plans to explore regimen sanitatis and recipe collections from the late middle ages in order to recover attitudes about illness and conditions of health among non-elite city dwellers. Her proposal impressed the committee and made a clear case for needing to consult the Huntington’s collections.