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The North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS) sponsors annual prizes for the best books and articles in British Studies published in the preceding year by scholars in North America. It also sponsors research and travel grants for scholars and graduate students, and essay prizes for MA and undergraduate students. All awards are announced each year at the annual meeting of NACBS. Please click on the appropriate links for more information on eligibility, deadlines, and submission guidelines for each award. 

Discover our Grants

NACBS Annual Meeting Travel Awards

The NACBS has a grant program intended to assist graduate students and under- and unemployed NACBS members in attending the society’s Annual Meeting. Funding for graduate students is generously funded in part by the Stern Foundation. Applicants can apply for grants of up to $500/each to defray the costs of travel, lodging, and meals based on need and the number of requests for aid.

NACBS Dissertation Fellowship

The NACBS Dissertation 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 $10,000 stipend. Two runners-up will receive a $5,000 Dissertation Travel Grant. Each advisor may nominate one candidate enrolled in a Ph.D. program in a U.S. or Canadian institution.

NACBS Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship

The NACBS announces two categories of Diversity and Inclusion Fellowships for 2024-25. Inspired by the events of 2020 and the Black Lives Matter movement, these awards aim to encourage all forms of diversity and inclusion within the profession of British Studies by channeling support and funding to emerging scholars belonging to minority groups currently underrepresented in the academy.

NACBS Travel Grant for Postdoctoral Researchers

The grant will contribute to covering the cost of visas, travel, accommodation, and subsistence for post-doctoral researchers based in North America working on any aspect of British studies but without access to institutional funding to travel for research. Two grants - one for pre-1800 and one for post-1800 research on British studies, at the value of c. $4000 each.

NACBS-Folger Institute Fellowship

The Folger Institute and the NACBS offer a fellowship for scholars of the British world who are working on topics from the early modern period through to the present day. While the Folger is rightly known as a destination for early modernists, this fellowship also encourages use of its extraordinary 18th-, 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century collections in modern Britain and the British Empire.

NACBS-Gale Digital Scholar Lab Fellowships

Gale and NACBS seek applications for 5 Gale-NACBS Non-Residential Fellowships, which will support research or teaching projects that rely on Gale Primary Sources, including those held in Gale’s British Library Newspapers series and Decolonization collection, and use digital humanities methodologies.

NACBS-Huntington Library Fellowship

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.

Pre-Dissertation Grants

The NACBS Pre-Dissertation Grants are awarded to Ph.D. candidates to pursue preliminary research on potential dissertation-length studies related to any topic in British (including Scottish, Irish, and Imperial) history or British Studies. Two grants in the amount of $4000, which must be used to offset costs associated with research travel outside of North America, will be awarded on an annual basis to students enrolled in a U.S. or Canadian institution.

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