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 £750. 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 expect to be 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 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:
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
The closing date for applications is November 29, 2014. Travel must take place between April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications for these awards should be submitted electronically to email@example.com by November 29, 2014 using the form found on the BAAS website.