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 make contact using the link below.
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.
For ECRs, BAAS follows the AHRC’s definition for ECR status: “ECR is defined as an individual who is within eight years of the award of their PhD or equivalent professional training, or an individual who is within six years of their first academic appointment. These durations exclude any period of career break, e.g. for family care or health reasons. The ‘first academic appointment’ is defined as the first paid contract of employment, either full-time or part-time, which lists research and/or teaching as the primary functions.”
For postgraduate students, preference will be given to those who are planning to do research in the USA and who have had no previous opportunities for research-related visits to the USA. BAAS particularly welcomes applications from postgraduates needing to visit the USA for research purposes.
BAAS is committed to promoting best practice in matters of equality and diversity, and will be attentive to issues of equality and diversity when judging applications.
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
- ECR TRAVEL AWARD will be given to the best proposal in any area of American Studies.
The closing date for applications is Friday 1 December 2017. Travel must take place between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019. 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. Applicants will need to supply their membership number, which can be found by logging into the BAAS website and navigating to Member-BAAS Community-Profile.
You can view the Submission Guidelines here.
For enquiries about the awards, contact email@example.com
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)
Winners of the BAAS Postgraduate Short-Term Travel Awards 2017
BAAS Short-Term Travel Awards – Peter Parish Award
Ruth Lawlor, University of Cambridge
An investigation of rape committed by soldiers of the US Army in the European Theatre of Operations (Britain, France, Germany) during the Second World War
BAAS Short-Term Travel Awards – John D Lees Award
Darius Wainwright, University of Reading
Research on the use of soft power in the Middle East in the early Cold War
BAAS Short-Term Travel Awards – Abraham Lincoln Award
Juliane Schlag, University of Hull
Forest landscapes of the Northeast: An investigation into the cultural history and socio-ecological significance of New England’s local woodlands, 1500-1850
BAAS Short-Term Travel Awards – Marcus Cunliffe Award
Janet Aspley, University of Brighton
Participation in the International Country Music Conference – Paper Title: Clothed in Sin: Gram Parsons, His Nudie Suit, and the Conundrum of Authenticity
BAAS Short-Term Travel Awards – Malcolm Bradbury Award
Francesca White, University of Leicester
Research on multilingualism in Willa Cather’s fiction
BAAS Postgraduate Travel Awards
Michael Docherty, University of Kent
The Recurrence and Reconstitution of a ‘Frontier’ Imagery in Fictional Depictions of Mid-20th Century Los Angeles
Quintijn Kat, Institute of the Americas, University College, London
Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, and the Decline of US Hegemony in Latin America and the Caribbean
Toby Lanyon Jones, University of Leeds
Research on British Based Opposition to the Vietnam War Among American Citizens, 1965-73