Research Bursary

Burney Society UK Research Bursary  2021- 2022 

Application Deadline 30 April 2021

The Burney Society UK is very pleased to invite applications for our 2021-2022 Research Bursary.

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.

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

An award of £300 will be made towards any justifiable research expenses, including access to resources, the cost of photocopying, scanning, childcare, travel, and accommodation. The Bursary includes complimentary membership of the Burney Society UK for June 2021 – 2022. 

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 paper to be delivered at the Burney Society UK AGM in late September 2022.  This paper will also be considered for inclusion in our Newsletter and website.

To apply, please send a CV and a completed Research Bursary Application form 2021 – 2022  (which includes a statement of intended research, of no more than 1000 words, that makes clear its relation to the Burney  family and/or their wider circle) by email to

The Deadline for applications is 30th April 2021. The winner will be announced in June 2021 and the successful applicant will be expected to complete their research paper by mid-September 2022.  

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/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.

Queries? Please contact Dr. Gillian Skinner via with Bursary in the subject line.


Burney Society UK Research Bursary 2019 Winner

We are delighted to announce that the 2019 Bursary winner is Reetta Sippola. She is a PhD student in Cultural History at the University of Turku, Finland and her thesis title is ‘The embodied observations on the Cook voyages’. As part of the project, she’s interested in James Burney’s writings and the ways they reflect on the processes of observing and creating new knowledge during the second and third Cook voyages in the 1770s. She wants to look at ‘the practices of the daily observations of a seaman with a particular focus on the bodily experiencing and sensory aspects of his work’, and the Bursary will be used to consult Burney’s logs and journals held in the National Archives and the British Library.   By Dr Gillian Skinner