Welcome to BARS

The British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) was set up in 1989 by academics to promote the study of the cultural history of the Romantic period. Since then, BARS has organised biennial International Conferences at various locations across the UK, has published the BARS Bulletin and Review twice-yearly, and currently has more than 400 members.

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BARS Postgraduates

From the first, BARS has been keen to support scholars studying for Master's degrees and doctorates and those searching for permanent posts. Early career and postgraduate respresentatives on the Executive organise the biennial Early Career and Postgraduate Conference, contribute a column to the Bulletin and speak on behalf of postgraduate members at BARS meetings to ensure that their interests are reflected in decisions made by the Executive. The current representative is Matthew Ward. Matt would be keen to raise issues on behalf of postgraduate and early career scholars, so if you'd like to draw anything to the Executive's attention, please do get in touch.

As a postgraduate, joining BARS means becoming part of a community of fellow researchers. Apart from becoming part of the largest UK body of Romanticists, the benefits of BARS membership for postgraduates include:

  • Regular e-mails with details of publications, conferences, websites, and jobs
  • The biennial Early Career and Postgraduate Conference, which provides a relaxed forum in which to present and hear research and socialise with peers
  • BARS postgraduate bursaries

A BARS subscription also serves to supports the ongoing activities of the association, including the publication of The BARS Review.

BARS also offers membership at a reduced rate for postgraduates and unwaged members.

Grants and Prizes for Postgraduates

BARS itself offers the Stephen Copley Postgraduate Awards and travel bursaries to help early career scholars present at its International Conferences. For more details, see the Bursaries and Funding page. The opportunites below may also be of interest:

  • American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Awards and Prizes
  • British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Prizes and Awards
  • British Association for Irish Studies Postgraduate Bursary Scheme
  • Keats-Shelley Memorial Association Annual Prize Competition and Sheila Birkenhead Memorial Bursaries
  • North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) Conference Student Essay Prize
  • Nineteenth Century Studies Association Awards
  • Other Postgraduate Information:

    The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) maintains a Graduate Student caucus, which publicizes details of events, fellowships, publishing opportunties, and many other items of special interest to postgraduate students in the US and elsewhere - to sign up, please go here.

    For the NASSR Graduate Student Caucus blog, please go here.


    North East Postgraduate Research Group for the Long Nineteenth Century - for further details click here

    The Website Editor would be keen to add further links to this page - if you know of anything suitable, please get in touch.