British Association for American Studies / United States Embassy

Small Grants Programme

Call for Programme Partner to Deliver a Regional US Studies Speaker Series Around the UK

The British Association for American Studies, in collaboration with the US Embassy London, would like to invite applications from organizations interested in managing a regional speaker series.

Working in tandem with different universities over the course of the year, the awardee will produce a monthly, rotating speaker series to be hosted at a different university for each session, running through the 2022-23 academic year. These events will be open to both the campus community and general public, and explore current topics facing the US and UK. The series will draw on expert speakers from both sides of the Atlantic to investigate the value of democracy in the modern world.

In addition to the required administration of the programme, the award will be used for honoraria and travel costs for speakers/moderators from the USA and UK, as well as other support in putting on these events, such as catering and advertising. In most instances representatives from the US Embassy will be available for introductory remarks at these events. The awardee will work directly with host universities to advertise the events and ensure a large and diverse audience. The US Embassy London is particularly interested in working with universities that have (or are interested in developing) American Studies programmes.

The awardee will work closely with the Public Affairs Section of the US Embassy and the host universities to choose speakers on engaging topics within the broad theme. Possible topics might include the future of technology, the climate crisis, the ongoing legacies of slavery, the futures of policing, political engagement, the future of work, or global health and pandemics. Moderators can be externally sourced or supplied by the host university for greater cooperation.

Application Process and Deadlines

Applicants should submit a completed application form (available here), including an outline budget, by 1 May 2022 to

Applicants can request up to £45,000 for the management and delivery of the programme, including administration. Applications will be assessed by a panel with representation from BAAS, the US Embassy, and the American Studies community.

The outcome of the application process will be announced by 20 May 2022, with the award eligible to start from 1 June 2022.

The awardee would be responsible for sending quarterly and financial reports to BAAS during the course of the award, and to provide a final narrative and financial report within three weeks of the completion of the project. As per instructions that will be provided with the grant letter, the British Association for American Studies and the US Embassy must be acknowledged in all publicity relating to the grant and in any future publications arising from it.


Where flights to/from the United States are included, these must (under the Fly America Act) be provided by a US carrier. Further information will be provided in the grant letter. There are maximum figures payable for subsistence and overnight accommodation. Please see the BAAS Funding Guide for further information. Please note that the financial restrictions on honoraria and food and drink noted in the BAAS Funding Guide do not apply to this award.