BARS Stephen Copley Research Award Scheme – additional funding

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The BARS committee has officially extended its support of its Stephen Copley Research Award Scheme with the creation of an additional funding round in any given year. Beginning in December 2021, there will be two separate rounds each June and December.

The Copley bursary scheme has long attracted strong applications from across the world, and we are delighted to be in a position to fund even more projects.

BARS bursary officer, Daniel Cook says,

The committee’s ongoing support of the scheme is testament to our commitment to postgraduate and early career scholars in Romantic Studies. It’s a great honour to administer these awards on behalf of BARS – the research outlined in the applications is consistently strong, vibrant and timely. As well as raising the number of awards we can fund each year, we have endeavoured to make the scheme as inclusive as possible, to better reflect the makeup of our community. As ever, we warmly welcome advice and feedback on these and other issues. The scheme now covers the costs of childcare, among other things, so that researchers can find valuable time to explore archives. Now more than ever, this scheme offers a real boon to the pursuit of new research.

BARS Stephen Copley Research Awards – Full Details

Postgraduates and early career scholars working in the area of Romanticism are invited to apply for a Stephen Copley Research Award.  The BARS Executive Committee has established the bursaries in order to help fund research expenses up to a maximum of £500.  Expenses may include but are not limited to the cost of travel and accommodation related to archival or research-focused trips, as well as photocopying, scanning, and childcare.  A postgraduate must be enrolled on a doctoral programme in the UK; an early career scholar is defined as someone who holds a PhD (from the UK) but has not held a permanent academic post for more than three years by the application deadline.  Application for the awards is competitive, and cannot be made retrospectively.

Successful applicants must be members of BARS before taking up the award.  The names of recipients will be announced on the BARS website and social media, and successful applicants will be asked to submit a short report to the BARS Executive Committee within four weeks of the completion of the research trip and to acknowledge BARS in their doctoral thesis and/or any publication.  Reports may also be published on the BARS Blog where this is appropriate.  Previous winners or applicants are encouraged to apply again.

Please send the following information in support of your application (up to two pages of A4 maximum in word.doc format):

  • Your full name and institutional affiliation (if any).
  • The working title and a short abstract or summary of your PhD or current project.
  • A brief description of the research to be undertaken for which you need support.
  • An estimated costing for the proposed research trip.
  • Estimated travel dates.
  • Details of current or recent funding (AHRC award, &c), if applicable.
  • The name of one supervisor/referee (with email address) to whom application can be made for a supporting reference on your behalf.
  • The name and contact details (including email address and Twitter handle) of whomever updates your departmental website or social media, if known.  And your own Twitter handle, if applicable.

Applications and queries should be directed to the bursaries officer, Dr Daniel Cook ( at the University of Dundee.

There are now two rounds of the scheme in each year, STARTING in December 2021. The deadlines are:

15 December

15 June

in any given year.