New guidelines for applying for BARS Conference Subventions

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Please see below for the updated guidelines for applying for conference subventions from BARS.

British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) Conference Subventions

BARS provides up to £100 to support conferences that promote Romantic studies. We are also keen to support initiatives that help to advance the career prospects of postgraduates and early-career scholars, and which have a public engagement outlook.


Who is eligible?

The applicant must be a member of BARS; if this is not the case, membership is available on the BARS website:


How do I apply?

Please send us:

  1. A statement of no more than 300 words describing how the conference contributes to Romantic-period studies.
  2. The draft call for papers (no more than 500 words).
  3. An outline budget, detailing the amount requested and the use to which it would be put.

Send the information to the BARS Secretary, Helen Stark (


What is the closing date?

There is no closing date. We take applications throughout the year.


What are the conditions?

We require that you:

  1. Acknowledge BARS’ support on all promotional material (e.g. website and programme), including the BARS logo which will be supplied.
  2. Provide a brief conference report for the BARS Blog within six weeks of the conference taking place.
  3. Claim all money awarded by December 1st in the year that the money is awarded.


How will I know whether I have been successful?

The Secretary will notify you by email with the outcome of your application, normally within two weeks. If your application is successful you will be issued with a cheque by the Treasurer.