Funding

In these challenging times, we recognise that funding opportunities are now more vital than ever. Applications are therefore invited for the next round of both the Small Grants Scheme and the Postgraduate and Early Career Conference Fund, each with a deadline of 1st September 2020.

BSLS Small Grants Scheme

Applications are invited for BSLS small grants of up to £400 to promote the study of literature and science. We are open to all sorts of proposals, with the exception of those that request support for individual research or conference expenses. Examples of activities for which the awards might be used are expenses for arranging a visiting speaker, a seminar series, or a symposium. Requests for support towards the associated costs for online events are also welcome. Applications for support to stage special BSLS panels at appropriate conferences (other than the BSLS 2021 conference) will be considered.

Applications should take into account potential future disruption as a result of COVID-19 and provide a brief outline of contingency plans and costing implications should an event need to be postponed or moved online.

Recent events supported by the scheme include: a symposium on ‘Medical Humanities in an African context’ (University of Malawi/ University of Edinburgh); a conference on ‘The Memory of Trees’ at the University of Liverpool; a workshop on ‘Digestive health in nineteenth-century culture’ at the University of Aberdeen, and; EXEWHIRR, a public-engagement event on ‘The Human-Technology Relationship through the Ages’ at the Bike Shed in Exeter.

Applicants should be current members of BSLS and should apply by making a case for how the award will contribute to the development of literature and science, with a brief outline of costs of the project. Applications should be no longer than 500 words. Where funding is sought for BSLS panels a clear indication of the scope of the panel, and of its contribution to the understanding of literature and science, should be included. Recipients of small grants are asked to acknowledge BSLS sponsorship appropriately in publicity for events and to provide a brief report on events for the BSLS newsletter and website.

Applicants may apply for any amount up to £400; in some instances a proportion of the amount applied for may be awarded. International members of BSLS are welcome to apply for the awards, but should note that they will be distributed in the form of bank cheques made out in pounds sterling. Serving members of the BSLS Executive Committee are not eligible to apply for the awards. We cannot enter into correspondence about the decisions of the Committee.

The application should be e-mailed, as a Word attachment, to Rosalind Powell (Rosalind.Powell@bristol.ac.uk) by the 1st of September 2020. Please put 'BSLS small grant' in the subject heading of your email. Applications will then be considered by the BSLS Executive Committee, with grants awarded announced in late September. Queries about the scheme and/or the eligibility of your proposal should be directed to Rosalind Powell.

BSLS Postgraduate and Early Career Conference Fund

Applications are invited for bursaries in the region of £200 for BSLS postgraduate student members and early career researchers who are not in permanent posts and are ineligible for institutional funding. Bursaries may be used towards the cost of presenting research papers at conferences (this excludes the BSLS annual conference, which has its own postgraduate bursary scheme). In addition to funding attendance at literature and science conferences, we would like to fund members who intend to give papers on literature and science at conferences which are not specifically focused on this topic, in order to promote the study of our field more widely.

To be eligible, applicants must

  • Be a member of the BSLS
  • Be a current research student or an early career researcher who is not in a permanent post
  • Be presenting a paper at a conference held after 1st October 2020 (applicants awaiting decisions on their conference abstracts are eligible to apply, but any award would be conditional upon their paper being accepted for presentation)

Eligible expenses include conference fees, travel and accommodation costs, and virtual registration fees. Applicants must provide an outline of their research paper, justify why the funds are required (i.e. give a break-down of the budget) and state whether they have applied to any other funding sources (and the outcomes of those applications). You should also state why you think the particular conference you have chosen would be valuable, both for your own career and with regard to the wider objectives of the BSLS. Finally, applications should take into account potential future disruption as a result of COVID-19 and weigh up the likelihood of events being able to go ahead (either face-to-face or remotely). Applications should be no longer than 500 words. Successful applicants will be expected to provide a brief report on their paper and experience of the conference, for the BSLS newsletter and website.

Both funded and non-funded PGRs are eligible to apply, but it will add weight to your application if you are able to demonstrate a particular need for the funding. The BSLS particularly wishes to use the PGR and ECR fund, where possible, to assist applicants to attend and participate at events that might otherwise be beyond their reach financially.

International members of BSLS are welcome to apply for the awards, but should note that they will be distributed in the form of bank cheques made out in pounds sterling. Serving members of the BSLS Executive Committee are not eligible to apply for the awards. We cannot enter into correspondence about the decisions of the Committee.

The application should be e-mailed, as a Word attachment, to the BSLS Early Career Executive Committee Member, Rachel Murray (R.E.Murray@lboro.ac.uk) by the 1st of September 2020. Please put 'BSLS PG and ECR conference fund' in the subject heading of your email. Applications will then be considered by the BSLS Executive Committee, with bursaries awarded announced in late September. Queries about the fund should be directed to Rachel Murray.

 

Past Awards

Small Grants

2019

Catherine Charlwood (Swansea University / University of Liverpool) and Laura Ludtke (Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford), for LitSciPod: The Literature and Science Podcast series 2 (awarded £300).

Jerome de Groot (University of Manchester), for Genetics and Creativity: Writing, Identity and Heritage (awarded £300).

Jordan Kistler (Keele University), for 'Labelling the Museum' outreach event (awarded £400).

Arthur Rose and Daniel Finch-Race (University of Bristol), for the 'Enviro-Medical Approaches to Modern Francophone Culture', 10-11 May 2019 (awarded £400).

Sarah Spence (University of Glasgow), for Public Health, Private Illness: ECR Medical Humanities, 8-9 April 2020 [postponed due to COVID-19] (awarded £200).

2018

Greta Perletti, University of Trento, Italy, for a seminar series on literature and science to be held in June/July 2019 (awarded £400).

Saskia McCracken, University of Glasgow, towards the 'Beastly Modernisms' Conference, to be held on 29-30 August 2019 (awarded £200).

Jana Funke, University of Exeter, for a special BSLS panel at the ‘90 Years Since The Well of Loneliness: A Radclyffe Hall Symposium’, Birkbeck, July 2018 (awarded £150).

Rhys Kaminski-Jones (Wales) and Erin Lafford (Oxford), for student/ unwaged bursaries for the ‘Change of Air: Atmosphere, Health, and Locality in the Romantic Era’ conference, Oxford, September 2018 (awarded £200).

Emily Alder, Edinburgh Napier, for costs towards ‘The Age of Frankenstein’ event at Surgeons’ Hall Museums, Edinburgh, November 2018 (awarded £250).

2017

Sharon Ruston, Lancaster University, towards the Collected Letters of Sir Humphry Davy project (awarded £378.61).

Caitlin Stobie, University of Leeds, to fund student travel bursaries for the 'Animals and Borders' project (awarded £150).

Lina Minou, Loughborough University, 'Malice and Malignancy in Early Modern Culture' project (awarded £201).

Chisomo Kalinga, University of Edinburgh, 'Medical Humanities in an African context' symposium, 24-25 August 2017 (awarded £300).

Anna Burton, University of Liverpool, ‘The Memory of Trees’ conference, 20 April 2017 (awarded £300).

2016

Manon Mathias, University of Aberdeen,Gut Feeling: Digestive Health in Nineteenth Century Culture, 26-27 May 2017 (awarded £400)

2015

Pat Beesley, Newcastle University, The Body and Pseudoscience18 June 2016. (awarded £325).

Nina Engelhardt and Julia Hoydis, University of Cologne, Doing Science: Texts, Patterns, Practices, 20-21 November 2015 (awarded £220).

2014

Ryan Sweet and Betsy Lewis-Holmes, University of Exeter, Exwhirr ‘The Human-Technology Relationship through the Ages’ (awarded £400).

Joanne Parsons, Bath Spa University, Biomedical Sciences and the Maternal Body. (awarded £300).

Roisin McCloskey, University of Durham, Abnormality and the Abnormal in the 19th Century. (awarded £200).

2013

Laura Dietz, Cambridge Festival of Science, ‘Science as the Spark’, March 2014 (awarded £280).

Farah Mendelsohn, Anglia Ruskin University, 'What Scientists Read’ at the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, 2014 (awarded £300).

Postgraduate Conference Fund

2018

Annie Webster, SOAS, for attendance at the ‘Frankenstein @200 Health Humanities Conference’ at Stanford University 20-22 April 2018, for her paper entitled ‘What’s-it’s-name?: Frankenstein’s Creature and the Politics of Naming in Post-2003 Iraq’.

Saskia McCracken, University of Glasgow, for her paper at Transitions: Bridging the Victorian-Modernist Divide at Birmingham University on 9-10 April 2018, entitled ‘Revolution, Evolution, and the Darwinian Politics of Virginia Woolf’s “creature Dictator”’.

No awards were made in  the second round of funding in 2018.

2017

Alice Gibson, 'Reflecting on Nature's Destructive Power, through Giacomo Leopardi's Broom, or Flower of the Wilderness, at the 31st SLSA meeting in Tempe, Arizona November 2017

Kanta Dihal, University of Oxford, paper on ‘Quantum Physics as a Defamiliarizing Technique in Science Fiction’, to be delivered at the 75th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), Helsinki, August 2017.

Moritz Ingwersen, Trent University, Ontario & University of Cologne, ‘“Geological Insurrections”: The Weird Return of Rust and Dust in Two Short Stories by China Mieville’, ASLE, Detroit, June 2017.

2016

Ryan Sweet, University of Exeter, Decolonizing Critical Animal Studies Conference at the University of Alberta, Canada.

Maria Avxentevskayato, Freie Universitat Berlin, Scientiae Conference in Oxford.

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