Conference Grant Fund

About the award. The Fund exists to support conferences or colloquia within the field of medieval and modern European languages and literatures, including English. The MHRA’s priority for this Fund is to support strongly focused conferences which will lead to the publication of new work, and to provide opportunities for postgraduates and early career researchers.

Conditions. The conference must be held in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland and must be organised by academics based at UK or Irish institutions. Awards will not be made to individuals to attend conferences, but to the organisers of conferences to provide assistance with organisational support and/or the travel and subsistence costs of certain participants, including postgraduate students.

Amount of funding available. In 2021, the MHRA intends to make up to four grants of up to £1500 each.

Next round. In 2021 there will be a single application round, for conferences to be held between 1 August 2021 and 31 July 2022. The deadline for applications is 30 April 2021.

Guidance for applicants. Please click here to download the detailed notes on the rules and process.

Application form. You may click here to download the application form (in Microsoft Word format).

Enquiries. Please email: funding@mhra.org.uk

Past awards. In 2020, the following conferences and organisers were successful:

  • Dr Alberica Bazzoni (University of Warwick), Gender and Transnational Reception. Mapping the Translation, Circulation and Recognition of Women’s Writings in the 20th- and 21st-Century

  • Prof Nicola Gardini (University of Oxford), Conglomerati: Andrea Zanzotto’s Poetic Clusters

  • Dr Claudia Rossignoli (University of St Andrews), Translating the Early Modern World: Transnational Cultures and Material Journeys Across Vernaculars

  • Prof Matthew Treherne (University of Leeds), Encountering Dante’s Beatrice: Poetry, Persons, Theology and Thought

In 2019, the following conferences and organisers were successful:

  • Professor Stephanie Dennison (University of Leeds), From Analogue to Internet: Film Criticism in Hispanic and Latin American Cultures

  • Dr Raphaele Mouren (The Warburg Institute), Plurilingualism in the Kingdom of Naples (1442-1503): Reassessing Uses and Literary Production

  • Dr Joanna Neilly (University of Oxford), Crossing Borders: World Literature as Contemporary Romanticism

  • Professor David Scourfield (Maynooth University), Re-orientating E.M. Forster: Texts, Contexts, Receptions

Research Associateships

About the award. MHRA Research Associateships are designed to hasten the completion of research projects of special importance through the provision of part-time research assistance.

Conditions. 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.

Amount of funding available. In 2021, the Association intends to make up to three awards of £25,000, for Research Associates to be appointed for the academic year 2021-22.

Next round. Applications for academic year 2021-22 (for Associateships with a start date on or after 1 October 2021) are now open. The closing date for applications is 28 February 2021.

Guidance for applicants. Please click here for further details of the scheme and process.

Enquiries. For further information, please contact the Research Associateships Officer, Professor Chloe Paver, at C.Paver@exeter.ac.uk.

Past winners. Associateships awarded in the 2020 round and held in the academic year 2020-21:

  • Dr James Machin was appointed Research Associate to the project The Edinburgh Arthur Conan Doyle Edition at Birkbeck College, University of London

  • A Research Associate has been appointed to the project The Collected Letters of Thomas Beddoes at De Montfort University: name to be confirmed

  • Dr Stanislava Dikova was appointed Research Associate to the project The Edinburgh Critical Editions of the Works of May Sinclair at Keele University

Research Scholarship in the Modern European Languages

About the award. This scheme is designed to give support to scholars in their early postdoctoral phase who are revising their thesis for publication, but who have not yet obtained a full-time academic post.

Conditions. Applicants must have completed a doctorate in the field of Modern European Languages, excluding English, and must have an affiliation to a UK university department. Awards are for one year only, and 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.

Amount of funding available. In academic year 2021-22, up to four awards of £12,500 each will be made. The amount received by successful applicants may be subject to deductions with respect to income tax and pension contributions, depending on their employment status within their host institution.

Next round. Decisions are made each year in late April or early May, for grants which begin in October. Applications for academic year 2021-22 are now open. The deadline for applications is Monday, 12 April 2021.

Guidance for applicants. Please click here for details on how to apply.

Application form. You may click here to download the application form (in Microsoft Word format).

Enquiries. For further information, please contact funding@mhra.org.uk.

Past winners. For academic year 2020-21, four awards were made. The awardees are:

  • Dr Giulia Brecciaroli (Italian, University of Warwick)

  • Dr Thomas Clark (Hispanic, University of Oxford)

  • Dr Joanna Raisbeck (German, University of Oxford)

  • Dr Elizabeth Vargas-Holguin (Latin American, University of Nottingham)

For further details, see this blog post.

BA/Leverhulme Small Grants

About the award. In addition to supporting the work of early career scholars with its own schemes, MHRA also provides funding to the British Academy to increase the number of BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants available to modern linguists. These grants are flexible, but typically provide funding for travel and subsistence over a period of one or two years. The scheme is administered by the British Academy, and researchers in the Modern Humanities (whether or not members of MHRA) are warmly encouraged to apply.

Enquiries. Applications are made through the British Academy rather than MHRA. For more details, see this page at the BA website.

Past winners. On completion of a funded project, the grantholder writes a brief report, and some notes drawn from recent project reports appear in this blog posting.