Research Bursary

Burney Society UK Research Bursary  2023 

The Burney Society UK is very pleased to invite applications for our 2023 Research Bursary. The application deadline is Tuesday 28 February 2023. the winner will be informed by the end of April 2023 and all applicants will be provided with feedback. 

The Bursary is open to post-graduate students, recent students (within 5 years of graduation) and independent scholars (those who are not currently employed by a university on a permanent/open-ended contract) for research into members of the Burney family and/or their wider circle. It is open to international applicants. 

The research should be based on, but not necessarily restricted to, UK Records and Archives, and other research sources.

An award of £300 will be made towards any justifiable research expenses. Expenses could include access to archival and other research materials, photocopying, scanning, childcare, travel, and accommodation. The successful candidate will also receive membership of the Burney Society UK for June 2023 – 2024. 

An initial sum of £150 will be paid in advance to the successful candidate, with the remaining £150 paid on receipt of invoices/remittances and the production of a research progress paper for the 2023 Burney Society UK AGM.  This paper will also be considered for our Newsletter and website.

To apply, please send a CV and a completed Research Bursary Application form 2023  (which includes a statement of intended research, of no more than 1000 words, that makes clear the relation to the Burney  family and/or their wider circle) by email to

The winner will be announced in April 2023 and the successful applicant will be expected to  undertake their research by September 2023.

Notes for Applicants.

Apart from having a project that clearly relates to Frances Burney, her family or wider circle, the most important qualities in a successful application are as follows:

A well-thought-out and achievable plan of research (if your plan is part of a larger project, it is good to be able to show what discrete element or aspect of that project you are focusing on in this application). As part of your plan, explain how your research relates to previous and current work in the field.

A clearly-articulated reason for the need to visit/access libraries/archives – ideally, specify not only which UK and other libraries/archives you wish to visit or access but also which items you are interested in seeing and how you hope this opportunity will further your research. There needs to be a particular connection between the archival work proposed and your research goals.

For further information please contact Dr Gillian Skinner via with Bursary in the subject line.


Burney Society UK Research Bursary Winner 2021-2022

We are delighted to announce that Catherine Pocock was awarded our 2021-2022 research bursary to carry out research on Frances Burney D’Arblay and women’s publishing experience in eighteenth-century Britain. Catherine gave a paper on her research at our June 2022 conference.