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.
The 2019 awards will open for applications on 1 September 2018.
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 for the ECR Award is Monday 3 December 2018.
The closing date for applications for the Postgraduate Awards is Monday 10 December 2018.
Travel must take place between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Early Career Short-Term Travel Awards 2018
Kate Ballantyne, University of Cambridge
Owen Clayton, University of Lincoln
John Tiplady, New York University/University of Nottingham
Winners of the BAAS Postgraduate Short-Term Travel Awards 2018
Peter Parish Award: Jodie Collins, University of Sussex and the British Library
John D Lees Award: Mark Eastwood, University of Nottingham
Abraham Lincoln Award: Elizabeth Barnes, University of Reading
Marcus Cunliffe Award: Kimberley Weir, University of Nottingham
Malcolm Bradbury Award: Jake Barrett-Mills, University of East Anglia
BAAS Postgraduate Travel Awards:
Sage Goodwin, University of Oxford
Owen Walsh, University of Leeds
Winners of the BAAS Postgraduate Short-Term Travel Awards 2017
Peter Parish Award: Ruth Lawlor, University of Cambridge
John D Lees Award: Darius Wainwright, University of Reading
Abraham Lincoln Award: Juliane Schlag, University of Hull
Marcus Cunliffe Award: Janet Aspley, University of Brighton
Malcolm Bradbury Award: Francesca White, University of Leicester
BAAS Postgraduate Travel Awards:
Michael Docherty, University of Kent
Quintijn Kat, Institute of the Americas, University College, London
Toby Lanyon Jones, University of Leeds