British Association for American Studies


BAAS Postgraduate Short-Term Travel Awards 2016

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BAAS Postgraduate Short-Term Travel Awards 2016

November 27, 2015

This programme contributes considerably to fostering talent among the American Studies community in the UK.

It depends for its funds entirely on public contributions, and can only have a long term impact if BAAS members and other interested persons continue to be generous with donations. The Treasurer of BAAS welcomes contributions small and large, and invites anyone wishing to support BAAS in maintaining its work in this area to contact her.

The resources available are normally modest. It is envisaged that grants will be supplemented by funds from other sources.

The maximum of each grant will be £1000. Although there is no specific time limit for the duration of the awards, and it is recognised that awards under the scheme may need to be supplemented, it is not intended that they should be used to supplement or extend much longer-term awards.

The duration of the award would typically be up to c. twelve weeks. Applications are invited from persons normally resident in the UK, and from scholars currently working at, or registered as postgraduates at, UK universities and institutions of higher education. Preference will be given to those who are planning to do reserach in the USA, have had no previous opportunities for research-related visits to the USA, and to young scholars, including postgraduate students. BAAS particularly welcomes applications from postgraduates needing to visit the USA for research purposes.

Some of the travel grants relate to named awards:

  • POSTGRADUATE TRAVEL AWARD will be given to the best proposal in any area of American Studies.
  • THE MALCOLM BRADBURY AWARD will be given to the best proposal in the field of American literary studies.
  • THE MARCUS CUNLIFFE AWARD will be given to the best proposal in the field of American Studies.
  • THE JOHN D. LEES AWARD will be given to the best proposal in the field of American political studies.
  • THE ABRAHAM LINCOLN AWARD will be given to the best proposal in the field of nineteenth-century century US history and culture
  • THE PETER PARISH AWARD will be given to the best proposal in the field of American history

Closing date

The closing date for applications is Friday 27th November 2015. Travel must take place between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017. Awards for travel will not be made retrospectively. Successful candidates are required to provide a brief report of their research trip for publication in American Studies in Britain, and they are requested to acknowledge the assistance of BAAS in any other publication that results from research carried out during the tenure of the award. Membership of BAAS is mandatory in order to be eligible to receive these awards.


For enquiries about the awards, contact awards@baas.ac.uk

Applications for these awards should be submitted electronically to awards@baas.ac.uk by November 27, 2015 using the  BAAS PG Travel-Application-Form (14-15).

Funds for these awards come entirely from private contributions and donations in any amounts are always welcome. Please consider adding a donation to your annual BAAS subscription, or send a donation separately to the Treasurer using this form.

BAAS is a registered charity (No. 1002816)