Postgraduate Travel Award

The Birmingham Eighteenth-Century Centre and the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies are delighted to invite applications for their first annual postgraduate travel award.

The award is designed to support a doctoral researcher enrolled at a UK university or postdoctoral researcher normally resident in the UK in visiting and using the eighteenth-century resources of the Cadbury Research Library at the University of Birmingham.  The extensive eighteenth-century holdings of this collection are detailed here.

Applicants are also encouraged to take advantage of the rich eighteenth-century resources available in Birmingham more widely, including the Library of Birmingham, Birmingham Museum Trust, Soho House, Think Tank and the Assay Office, as well as the Barber Institute of Fine Arts at the University of Birmingham.

The closing date for applications is 31 March 2014 at 12pm, and the award must be taken up before 11th July 2014.

To apply, please email becc@contacts.bham.ac.uk with the following details:

Your name;
Your academic affiliation;
The (working) title of your current research project;
A 500-word statement explaining why it would be of benefit to your research to engage with the eighteenth-century resources of the Cadbury Research Library;
A short statement of support from your supervisor/referee.

Terms of award

1. The award of £200 is jointly funded by the Birmingham Eighteenth-Century Centre and the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. The award will be paid in arrears by invoice, and must be claimed by 11th July 2014 (though it would be possible for the award-holder to visit the University after that date if they were to claim recompense for advance travel bookings by 11th July).
2. Early Career Researcher: this award is open to any doctoral researcher enrolled at a UK university, or any post-doctoral researcher normally resident in the UK, and within five years of the award of their PhD.  Preferential treatment may be given to applications from doctoral researchers.
3. The award is designed to support research in the ‘long’ eighteenth century, making use of the relevant holdings of the Cadbury Research Library.
4. The award-holder will submit a short report (100-500 words) to BECC and BSECS at the end of their visit, to be displayed on the BECC website.  The award-holder is invited, but not at all obliged, to give a seminar during their visit as part of the Birmingham Eighteenth-Century Centre seminar series.

Informal enquiries about the award may also be directed to becc@contacts.bham.ac.uk.