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Grants and Bursaries.

During the current global crisis related to the Covid-19 virus and its wider social impacts, the SSFH realizes that many of the planned activities of the Society and its members need to be constrained and adapted. We are very keen to ensure that no one should put themselves at any risk whatsoever on behalf of work relating to or funded by the Society. Recipients of and applicants for research funding will be affected and their plans will have to change. For more details on the SSFH policies on this, please see here.

The Society for the Study of French History offers a range of grants and bursaries for postgraduate students in the UK, undertaking research in any aspect of French history:

Research Grants: each worth £1000, to enable to enable postgraduate students registered at a UK or Irish university working on subjects related directly to French history to undertake research trips abroad.

Conference Bursaries: worth up to £300 each, to help fund travel to any conference, except the Society's own (for which a discount is already offered to postgraduates). [Case Study, read a report concerning a successful conference application.]

Conference and Speaker Grants: The Society for the Study of French History is also willing to entertain requests for funding assistance for whole conferences, one-off lectures, and seminars organised by postgraduates or academics in British or Irish universities, on a subject concerning wholly or partly the history of France.

Postgraduate Conference Panels: The Society welcomes proposals for the sponsorship of postgraduate panels, on any theme in French history, at overseas conferences (whether annual or one-off events). In support of such a panel, the Society is willing to contribute up to £2000 to cover the travel expenses of the participants.

The Ralph Gibson Bursary: The Society offers an annual bursary of £3000 to a fourth year PhD student, to facilitate the completion of a PhD thesis in French history.

Visiting Scholars: The Society is willing to consider providing up to £2000 per year to support visits by foreign scholars of French history to UK or Irish institutions, on the condition that the proposed host university is committed to underwrite essential costs. Enquiries about this scheme should be addressed to the Secretary of the Society.

For further details on these awards, how to apply, and the conditions attached, click on the relevant term above. To see examples of Grants and Bursaries recently awarded by the Society, see the Past Awards page.

Please note: retrospective requests for funding will not be considered.

Collated Deadlines:

Research Grant Competition
: Friday 24 March 2023

Conference & Speaker Grants: Friday 16 September 2022, Friday 24 March 2023

Conference Bursaries: Friday 16 September 2022, Friday 24 March 2023

Postgraduate Panels: Friday 24 March 2023

Ralph Gibson Bursary (Board of Assessors): Friday 29 April 2022 (then Friday 28 April 2023)

Undergraduate Dissertation Prize (Board of Assessors): Friday 29 July 2022 (and then Friday 28 July 2023)

Visiting Scholars: Friday 24 March 2023





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