Research Bursary

We are now welcoming submissions for our 2024 Research Bursary, which is open to postgraduate students, precariously employed researchers and independent researchers from anywhere in the world who wish to undertake research on the Burney family and their wider circle. We will offer £300 to support expenses towards a clearly defined research project. The deadline for applications is 31 May 2024, and the winner will be announced at the Society Conference in June. Please find links to the flyer and the application form  below.

Burney Society UK Research Bursary  2023

We are pleased to announce that Hannah Wilson will report back on her 2023 Research Bursary, and also give a paper at the 2024 Burney Society UK AGM on Saturday 15 June 2024. Hannah will also present a paper at the 2024 conference,  based upon her research. Further information is available on the Conference page of the website. 

Burney Society Bursary Report
AGM, Sunday 17 th September 2023

The 2023 Research Bursary has been awarded for her very strong application to Hannah Wilson, a
PhD student at Cambridge University, who is working on a thesis entitled, ‘Gift Exchange
and Consent in Eighteenth-Century Women’s Writing, 1740-1820’. Hannah will be
consulting items in the Mary Hamilton Papers at the John Rylands Library, Manchester
University, as well as jewellery collections in Manchester Art Gallery, in order to enrich the
contexts for her considerations of philanthropy and benevolence in Cecilia and her analysis
of Edgar’s gift of a locket containing a lock of hair to the protagonist in Camilla. Many
thanks to the committee for their support for making the award to Hannah, and especially to
Sophie for the helpful steer in relation to the availability of the Mary Hamilton Papers in
digitised form and thus the advice to consider focusing on material yet to be transcribed in
visits to the John Rylands, which was passed on to Hannah. We look forward to hearing more
about her research in due course.

Gillian Skinner, 16 th September 2023.



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.