Burney Society UK Research Bursary

The Burney Society UK is very pleased to invite applications for a Research Bursary for the 2018-19 academic year. The Bursary is open to a doctoral student or an independent scholar who is a member of the Burney Society UK and is currently researching any aspect of the life and work of Frances Burney and/or any of her family and/or wider circle. (To become a member of the Society, go to https://burneysociety.wordpress.com/category/membership/).

An award of £300 will be made towards travel, accommodation and living expenses for a research visit to a UK library, archive or similar research facility. The successful candidate will be expected to deliver a paper on their work at a future Burney Society UK AGM or, if that’s not possible, to write a report for the Society’s newsletter.

To apply, please send a CV and a completed application form (which includes a statement of research of no more than 1000 words that makes clear its relation to Burney and/or members of her family and/or her wider circle) by email to burneysocietyuk@gmail.com. The Application forms can be accessed via this link: 2019 Bursary Application form

Deadline: 30th April 2019. The winner will be announced in June and the successful applicant will generally be expected to undertake the research trip by the end of December 2019 at the latest.

Burney Society Research Bursary 2019

Notes for Applicants

Apart from having a project that clearly relates to 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’s good to be able to show what discrete element or aspect of that project you’re 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 libraries/archives – ideally, specify not only which library/archive you wish to visit 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.