The Society for the Study of French History: research grants & the Ralph Gibson bursary

The Society for the Study of French History Research Grants

The Society offers grants of up to £750 each to research students working on the history of France or of its current or former possessions. The Society will normally make around 12 awards annually, depending upon the quality and nature of the applications.

Eligible postgraduates will be registered at a UK or Irish University, and must be undertaking research into an aspect of French history. The research grants are open to both PhD students and Masters students: those registered for taught MAs, provided they are writing a dissertation on French history; students working towards degrees in MA by research in French history; and M.Phil/PhD students working on French history who are at any stage in their research. Students already in receipt of other funding (e.g. AHRC grants) are eligible. Students are eligible to hold a maximum of one of our research grants during a Masters programme, and a further such grant during their PhD programme should they proceed to this level.

Applications should only be made using the standard application form below. The applications should be filled in electronically and sent electronically to the Secretary of the Society at the email address below. It is the applicant’s responsibility to approach the referees and to have them send their references – which should be around 300 words in length – directly to the Secretary either as an email or as an electronic attachment. DownloadApplication Form for a Postgraduate Travel Grant

Applicants for the Society’s awards should be members of the Society at the time of application. Research grant applications may be accompanied by applications for membership, full details of which can be found here. It is a condition of award that successful candidates present a report on their research and on the trip funded by the Society. This must be sent to the Secretary in electronic form, and should be between two and three sides of A4.

Candidates will be notified in the late spring of the outcome of their applications, which will be assessed by the Trustees of the Society on the basis of the quality of the research and the proposal.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 28th March 2014. In exceptional circumstances, retrospective requests for grants may be considered, providing the research trip has taken place only after the start of the current academic year and before the deadline.

All queries, applications, references and reports should all be directed to the Secretary of the Society, Dr Sandy Wilkinson, by e-mail: sandy.wilkinson@ucd.ie or phone: +353 1 716 8151.

The Ralph Gibson Bursary

The Society for the Study of French History offers an annual bursary of £2000 to a fourth year PhD student, to facilitate the completion of a PhD thesis in French history. Eligible postgraduates will be registered at a UK or Irish university, will normally have completed no more than three years of full-time doctoral study, or be at an equivalent stage of part-time study, at the time of application, and will be expected to satisfy the judging panel that their thesis will be submitted during the academic year following the award of the Bursary.

The bursary may be used towards fees charged by the recipient’s institution; to defray subsistence costs; or to fund research trips or attendance at conferences. It is designed to offer some financial support to candidates who are no longer eligible for support from other funding bodies.

Applications should be made to the Secretary of the Society by Wednesday 30 April 2014 and consist of i) a covering letter containing a summary (up to 1,000 words) of the applicant’s doctoral thesis ii) a CV iii) details of any other funding which the candidate is receiving towards their studies iv) two academic references and v) a sample of written work of not more than 6,000 words. Applications should be submitted as a single PDF file. Candidates will be notified by mid-June of the outcome of their applications, which will be assessed by a panel of judges nominated by the Society’s steering committee.

Applicants for the Society’s awards should be members of the Society at the time of application. Research grant applications may be accompanied by applications for membership, full details of which can be found here. It is a condition of the award that successful candidates present a report on their research. This must be sent to the Secretary in electronic form, and should be between two and three sides of A4:

The Secretary of the Society
Dr. Sandy Wilkinson
School of History & Archives
Newman Building
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4
Ireland

Tel: +353 1 716 8151
Email: Sandy.Wilkinson@ucd.ie

Read all about the Society for the Study of French History’s grants and bursaries here

Image of Alfred Dreyfus’ grave courtesy of Pete Reed via Flickr’s Creative Commons License

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