The Scottish Romanticism Research Award 2021/22 Winner Announcement

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The executive committees of the British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) and the Universities Committee for Scottish Literature (UCSL) are delighted to announce the winner of the fourth annual Scottish Romanticism Research Award: Gerard Lee McKeever, a postdoctoral scholar currently based at the University of Stirling. During this award, Gerard will be conducting archival research related to his forthcoming edition of The Autobiography and Literary Life of John Galt for The Edinburgh Edition of the Works of John Galt (General Editor: Angela Esterhammer).

BARS and UCSL have established the annual award for postgraduates and early career scholars to help fund expenses incurred through travel to Scottish libraries and archives, including universities other than the applicant’s own, up to a maximum of £300. A postgraduate may be a current or recent Master’s student (within two years of graduation) or a PhD candidate; a postdoctoral scholar is defined as someone who holds a PhD but does not hold a permanent academic post. If appropriate, UCSL will endeavour to assign the awardee an academic liaison at one of its partner universities in Scotland.

Recipients are asked to submit a short report to the BARS Executive Committee, for publication on the society’s website, and to acknowledge BARS and UCSL in their doctoral thesis and/or any publication arising from the research trip. Please join us in congratulating Gerard on this award. We look forward to hearing more about his latest research.

For further information about this scheme, please contact the BARS bursaries officer, Dr Daniel Cook at