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The MHRA provides financial support to the academic community in the following ways:
Research Scholarship in the Modern European Languages
The Modern Humanities Research Association is launching a new scheme designed to give support to scholars in their early postdoctoral phase. The prerequisites are a completed doctorate in the field of Modern European Languages and affiliation to a university department in the UK.
Research Scholarships Awarded for 2014-15
The association is delighted to announce that the recipients of the MHRA research scholarship for 2014-15 are:
Dr Ewa Szypula, University of Nottingham (Balzac’s Love Letters: Correspondence and the Literary Imagination) and Dr Alice Brooke, University of Oxford (Typology, Curiosity, and Ingenuity in the autos sacramentales by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz).
Conditions of the award
The award provides some funding to recent PhDs who are revising their thesis for publication. Recipients will be expected to produce, within 12 months of taking up the award, a manuscript of publishable quality or a minimum of three articles of publishable quality. The support of the MHRA will be acknowledged in the publication(s) produced on the basis of the work carried out during the period of the award.
The Association intends to make up to two awards for £11,500 for the academic session 2014-15.
One aim of the awards is to provide interim funding to scholars who have not yet obtained a full-time academic post.
competition for 2014-15 is now closed. Details of the Research
competition for 2015-16 will be announced early in 2015.
Further details and an application form are available here for reference:
These awards are designed to hasten the completion of research projects of special importance through the provision of part-time research assistance. An award will be made solely for the employment of a researcher, normally post-doctoral, to be selected and appointed by the project in consultation with the Association, and bearing the title of ‘MHRA Research Associate’. Since another important aim of the awards is to provide an interim academic position to younger scholars who have not yet obtained a permanent academic post, the appointment should not exclude a limited amount of remunerated teaching in the host institution, or other approved work. The final details of the contract will be agreed between the MHRA and the institution concerned
The Association intends to make up to four research awards of £23,000 for the academic session 2014–2015 (with a start date on or after 1st October 2014). The deadline for applications was 28 February 2014
In 2014, the Modern Humanities Research Association intends to make up to ten grants of up to £1,500 each to support conferences or colloquia within the field of medieval and modern European languages and literatures (including English) held in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland and organised by academics based at UK or Irish institutions.
There will be two application rounds in the calendar year 2014, with up to five grants awarded in each round; the schedules are set out below. The awards will not be made to individuals to attend conferences, but to the organizers of conferences to provide assistance with organizational support and/or the travel and subsistence costs of certain participants, including postgraduate students.
Deadlines and Timescales
Round A For conferences taking place between: 1st August 2014 and 31st January 2015. Application deadline: 31st January 2014. Decisions expected by: mid-March 2014.
Round B For conferences taking place between: 1st February 2015 and 31st July 2015. Application deadline: 30th June 2014. Decisions expected by: mid-August 2014.
Applications can only be considered in the correct round, based on the planned date of the conference.
The 2014 application form and regulations are available here:
Joint Publication Fund
The MHRA no longer funds publication subventions. However, the Association is still willing to consider joint publication with a commercial publisher in special cases if the project is judged by the MHRA committee to be important and/or prestigious. In such cases the publisher should communicate with the Association directly, via the Honorary Secretary, Dr Barbara Burns, email: email@example.com . The publisher's statement should include a detailed financial budget, showing the shortfall between costs and projected sales, and an indication of the size of the print run and the selling price, on the basis that costs and revenue would be shared 50:50.