The following twelve postgraduate and postdoctoral researcher bursaries are available for the 2016 British Association of Victorian Studies Conference, ‘Consuming (the) Victorians’.

BAVS is offering eight bursaries. Four of the bursaries are for postgraduate students while the remaining four are intended to support unwaged and hourly paid postdoctoral researchers.

Cardiff University is offering four bursaries. We particularly encourage students at Master’s level and unwaged or hourly paid postdoctoral researchers to apply for these bursaries.

All bursaries are for £100 and are to be used by recipients to cover some of the costs of attending the conference. You do not have to be giving a paper at the conference to apply for the bursaries. Please note that payment of these bursaries will only take place after BAVS 2016, once all requirements have been met.

Recipients of a bursary are required to become actively engaged at and/or after the conference in the following ways:

BAVS Bursaries

Within two months of the conference dates, all eight recipients are required to:

  • Write a report of the conference for the BAVS Newsletter of not more than 1,500 words
  • Write a blog post for The Victorianist, on a theme or subject which has attracted their interest in the course of the conference and which has been agreed with the PGR BAVS representatives.
  • Tweet on the BAVS 2016 Twitter account during the course of the conference.

Cardiff Bursaries

All four recipients are required to:

  • Tweet on one of several Twitter accounts affiliated with Cardiff University during the course of the conference.

Two of the recipients are required to:

  • Write two blogs for The Victorianist, to be published during or shortly after the conference. Blogs are expected to be 800 – 1,200 words each. One will be a descriptive account of the conference itself while the other is intended to demonstrate how the conference theme ‘Consuming (the) Victorians’ engages with your own research. Examples of current Victorianist blogs can be found at victorianist.wordpress.com.

Two of the recipients are required to:

  • Produce vlogs for the BAVS2016 website. At least one of the vlogs should be recorded at the conference. An upload schedule and possible topics will be discussed on the recipient’s conference attendance. Advised video length is between 1 – 3 minutes, and can either consist of on-site, interactive pieces (commentaries, interview questions, etc.), or edited compilations summarising the day’s events. If you do not have prior experience with vlogging, support will be available beforehand and at the conference itself. It is preferable for candidates to have a smartphone with camera function.

How to Apply

Application for any of these twelve bursaries (BAVS and Cardiff University) should be via a brief CV of no more than 2 pages, and a letter of not more than 1 page. In the letter, applicants should explain the reasons why they are seeking financial sponsorship and how conference attendance will contribute to their research and professional development. Applicants should also demonstrate their eligibility for the bursary by outlining the skills and previous experience which will facilitate their performance of the required tasks. Applicants for Cardiff bursaries should also specify whether they are applying for a vlogging or blogging bursary in the letter.

The letter of application and the CV should be sent to bavs2016@cardiff.ac.uk with ‘BAVS 2016 bursary application’ under the subject line by 30 April 2016. Any enquiries should be similarly addressed.

Applications for the bursaries are assessed by a panel that includes members of the BAVS Executive Committee and members of the conference organising committee.

Bursary recipients are required to be current members of BAVS. More information about BAVS membership is available at this link.