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Grants

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. 

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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 2022-23.  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-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-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.

Travel Awards

The NACBS has created 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. Eligible members who will be attending the 2022 Annual Meeting may now apply. Applicants can apply for complimentary conference registration and 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.

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