The information below is designed to help potential applicants who wish to enter any one of the awards on offer through BAAS during 2020-21.
BAAS would like to remind potential candidates that due to the very high levels of applications that the Association now receives, it is very important that the guidelines are followed as far as possible, for fear of doing otherwise may bring disqualification from a given competition. The instructions are as comprehensive as they can be, though questions may always arise that are not covered by the following points. If there are queries as regards any of the awards, however, it is always possible to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that membership of BAAS is mandatory in order to be eligible for most of the BAAS awards and prizes. 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.
BAAS Research Assistance Awards
The following guidelines apply to the Postgraduate Research Assistance Awards, the ECR Research Assistance Awards, and the Founders’ Awards
The following guidelines apply to the Postgraduate Research Assistance Awards, the ECR Research Assistance Awards, and the Founders’ Awards.
1] Which category should I apply to?
All applicants should be aware that they may only apply to ONE of the categories: the Postgraduate OR the ECR OR the Founders’ Awards. The Postgraduate Research Assistant Awards cater for MA (or MPhil, MLitt or even MSC depending on the type of research) and Ph.D candidates registered at a UK institution who wish to travel to present a paper at an American Studies conference, or do a specific piece of research fieldwork, i.e. at a library, archive, and or university, or need assistance to consult archives remotely (digitization & sourcing costs or subscription to an online database). The ECR awards may be employed for the same purposes as the Postgraduate awards. BAAS uses the AHRC definition of “early career”: “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.” The Founders’ Awards are designed for established academics who are either tenured, on long contacts, or who have been working within academia for a considerable period of time. There is no upper limit to qualification, i.e. applicants beyond retirement who have a research project they are conducting are perfectly entitled to apply for a Founders’ Research Assistance award.
2] Submission of the application
BAAS would like to remind potential applicants that the rules for submission in the Research Assistance category has been slightly amended. Applications and a letter of recommendation need to be sent to us by e-mail at email@example.com. Please indicate in the subject line the name of the Award for which you are applying. The letter of recommendation (which may be sent by e-mail directly by the referee) should also clearly indicate the award in question, and the applicant’ s name. BAAS will not pursue the referee for this reference; it is solely the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that it is submitted by the deadline.
Please make sure that included with your submission is an up-to-date email address.
3] Results of the competition
BAAS will contact each applicant in turn who has entered the Postgraduate, ECR, or Founders’ Research Assistance Award competition to let them know the outcome of this year’s process. Candidates should expect to hear the outcome of deliberations by April.
The BAAS School, Undergraduate and Postgraduate Essay Awards.
1] Submission of the Essay
Each essay, in whatever competition, must adhere to the guidelines set out below.
All essays should be anonymous. No names or institutional affiliation must appear on the essay itself, only on the covering letter attached with the essay (both must be submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by the relevant deadline; please indicate the name of the Award for which you are applying in the subject line).
2] Results of the Essay competitions
Please note that while the Association would like to communicate the results of the essay competitions to all candidates, the number of entries received simply make that impossible. Therefore only winners and honourable mentions in each category will be notified of the results. If candidates have not received notification of the standing of their essay by the beginning of April, then they should assume that the essay has not been successful on this occasion.
THE BAAS GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIPS (GTAs), THE MONTICELLO TEACHING FELLOWSHIP, and the BAAS BOOK AWARD
In each of the categories above, the Association would urge potential applicants to read the guidelines provided under the Awards tab as carefully as possible.
The rules for sending on references and for submitting forms electronically work in exactly the same way for each of these awards and, as with above, BAAS would like to point out in particular that failure to provide satisfactory references in the appropriate categories where it is required may result in disqualification from any one of these competitions.