Funding

Whether you are engaged in doctoral or postdoctoral research on the United States, Keele is an excellent location to access a wide variety of resources and materials, and the David Bruce Centre for American Studies can provide you with hot-desk office and computer facilities and various kinds of financial support. We offer a range of financial support for visiting scholars, Keele faculty, and postgraduate students.

The Bruce Centre Fellowship and the Visiting European Fellowship are open to postdoctoral researchers on both junior and senior levels. Faculty Research and Travel Grants offer support for academics at Keele University with significant research commitments in the study of the United States. Postgraduate students enrolled at Keele are members of the DBC and are eligible for financial assistance to enable them to carry out the research. The Bruce Centre Visiting Junior Fellowship enables non-Keele PhD students to conduct research at Keele University. In addition, the Bruce Centre is committed to supporting the study of the United States in Europe. For this purpose the Centre has established a sponsorship programme for both external and internal events, such as small conferences, receptions, lectures, or exhibits related to the study of the United States.

Bruce Centre Fellowships

The Bruce Centre Fellowship programme provides hot-desk office space and facilities, including computer and printer access, for visiting scholars, usually from the United States. The fellowships also offer up to £500 towards research travel and conference participation. Fellows spend a significant amount of time at the Bruce Centre, usually between two weeks and one semester. They pursue their individual research, but are expected to contribute to the Bruce Centre seminar series and to make themselves available to postgraduate students.

Bruce Centre Fellowships are both by application and by invitation. Applications are considered by the Bruce Centre Committee four times a year (normally March, June, September, and December) and should be submitted to the Director of the Bruce Centre by 1 March, 1 June, 1 September or 1 December respectively. Applications should consist of a letter of interest describing the proposed purpose, duration and timing of the stay. They should also include a research proposal (c. 500-1000 words) and a curriculum vitae.

Visiting European Fellowships

The Visiting European Fellowship programme started in 2003. It offers up to £500 towards travel and accommodation for visiting scholars from continental Europe for a week-long stay at Keele. It also provides hot-desk office space and facilities, including computer and printer access. During their week at Keele, Visiting European Fellows pursue their individual research, but are expected to contribute to the Bruce Centre seminar series and to participate in the teaching of undergraduate and/or postgraduate modules.

Visiting European Fellowships are both by application and by invitation. Applications are considered by the Bruce Centre Committee four times a year (normally March, June, September, and December) and should be submitted to the Director of the Bruce Centre by 1 March, 1 June, 1 September or 1 December respectively. Applications should consist of a letter of interest describing the proposed purpose, duration and timing of the stay. They should also include a research proposal (c. 500-1000 words) and a curriculum vitae.

Bruce Centre Visiting Junior Fellowship

In addition to supporting postgraduate students at Keele, the Bruce Centre also offers non-Keele PhD students the opportunity to spend up to two months at Keele to conduct research. For this purpose the Bruce Centre Visiting Junior Fellowship provides limited financial support and logistical help. The Fellowships are either by application or by invitation. Applications are considered by the Bruce Centre Committee four times a year and should be submitted to the Director of the Bruce Centre by 1 March, 1 June, 1 September or 1 December respectively. Applications should consist of a letter of interest describing the proposed purpose, duration and timing of the stay. They should also include a research proposal (c. 500-1000 words) and a curriculum vitae.

Keele Faculty Grants

Bruce Centre Research Grants

The Bruce Centre offers, subject to financial discretion, grants up to the amount of £3,000 (bids exceeding this amount will be considered in special circumstances) to support defined research projects in American Studies. The money can be used for replacement teaching costs to enable writing up the results of research, research assistance, PhD studentships, costs of meetings or workshops to enable the advancement of research, visits by or to partner scholars, the purchase of research materials, and similar expenses to support the direct costs of research. Not eligible are costs for the organisation of colloquia, research travel, and conference attendance, for which there are separate funding schemes. Applicants are expected to submit bids for outside funding (British Academy, AHRC, Leverhulme Trust etc.) in conjunction with the Bruce Centre bid. DBC grants may then be awarded if the bids are unsuccessful.

Applicants may seek support for any combination of eligible activity and cost. They may bid for funding for research taking place over a maximum period of 24 months. All applications should demonstrate that the funds are sought for a clearly defined, discrete piece of research, which will have an identifiable outcome on completion of the funded component of the research. A report must be made to the DBC at the completion of the project.

There are no specified deadlines or forms for these grants. Applicants are required to submit copies of their bids for outside funding and a letter specifying what components of the research project would be funded with Bruce Centre funds if the bids were unsuccessful.

Research and Conference Travel Grants

Faculty Research and Conference Travel Grants offer support for academics at Keele University with significant research commitments in the study of the United States. Applications are welcome at any time and should be submitted to the Director of the Bruce Centre. Please submit the completed Research and Travel Grants Form  

Colloquium Grants

The Bruce Centre regularly hosts International Colloquia where delegates from all over the world come to Keele to give papers on their areas of research over a three-day period. Members of the DBC are encouraged to submit requests for funding colloquia to the Director. There are no specified deadlines or forms for these requests.

Postgraduate Funding

If you are interested in pursuing a postgraduate degree in American Studies (MRes/MPhil/PhD), Keele is an excellent location to access a wide variety of resources and materials, and the David Bruce Centre for American Studies can provide you with various kinds of financial support. For programme details please see either Postgraduate Research (for PhD/MPhil) or Postgraduate Taught (for MRes).

Postgraduate Research and Conference Grants

Postgraduate students enrolled at Keele are members of the DBC and are eligible for financial assistance to enable them to carry out the research necessary for the completion of their theses (MRes/MPhil/PhD) and to attend conferences or colloquia on themes close to their subject of interest. Grants can be used to cover travel, accommodation, and some extraordinary expenses, such as photocopying. Applications are considered by the Bruce Centre Committee four times a year (normally March, June, September, and December) and should be submitted to the Director of the Bruce Centre by 1 March, 1 June, 1 September or 1 December respectively. Please submit a PG Research Grants Form

Adams Award for Travel in North America

 The David Adams Fund offers travel opportunities within the United States and Canada to enhance understanding of the immensities of American landscapes, both natural and built environments, and their influence on the development of the United States and of what has so often been called ‘the American mind’.  The Award is designed to liberate through experience the imaginations of younger researchers. It is open to postgraduate students of Keele University working in any area of research relating to the United States.

At least one Award of up to £1000 will be made annually from the interest on the Adams Award Fund and the David Bruce Centre Endowment Fund. Application should be made to the Director of the David Bruce Centre by March 1.  Applications should consist of a letter of interest describing the proposed purpose, duration and timing of the stay. They should also include a research proposal (c. 500-1000 words) and a curriculum vitae.  Please be as specific as you can about what you propose to do and what benefits will accrue from the activities you propose to undertake.

Applicants must have guaranteed funding for transatlantic travel and research activities, and are requested to submit a report to the DBC director upon their return.

The Adams Fund

The Adams Fund, which remains open for contributions, recognises the long service and deep commitment to the University by Professor David K. Adams. His undergraduate career at Cambridge was followed by election to a Henry Fellowship at Yale University, where he gained a Master’s degree in American History. He returned to the UK for doctoral research at Oxford and joined the staff at Keele in 1957. He became an active campaigner for the inter-disciplinary study of the United States, and the liberal arts traditions at Keele gave him the opportunity to create an undergraduate Honours programme in American Studies, followed by the Department and later the David Bruce Centre for American Studies. He lectured in many different countries throughout the world, including Iran, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Burma, and was a regular media commentator on US affairs. His national and international activities were recognised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office by an OBE on the Diplomatic List in 1997.

John D. Lees Memorial Award (MRes)

The John D. Lees Memorial Award supports visits to research archives in the United States and Canada. Applicants must be full-time or part-time postgraduate students at the University of Keele specializing in North American politics.  One Award of up to £1000 will be made annually from the interest on the John D. Lees Memorial Fund and the David Bruce Centre Endowment Fund.

Application should be made to the Director of the David Bruce Centre and must be received by November 1 of each year.  Applications should consist of a letter of interest describing the proposed purpose, duration and timing of the stay. They should also include a research proposal (c. 500-1000 words) and a curriculum vitae.  Please be as specific as you can about what you propose to do and what benefits will accrue from the activities you propose to undertake. An Award of up to £1000 will be made annually from the interest on the John D. Lees Memorial Fund and the David Bruce Centre Endowment Fund. The Award may be divided between two or more candidates. Successful candidates will be informed before Christmas.

The John D. Lees Memorial Bursary Fund

The John D. Lees Memorial Bursary was established to commemorate Dr. John David Lees, Reader in American Politics in the University of Keele, who died in February 1986. Dr. Lees was a member of the Departments of American Studies and Politics from 1964, and a founder member of the David Bruce Centre for American Studies in 1969. His American Studies and Political Science colleagues world-wide, his students and former students, friends and family, have established the Fund as a permanent memorial to his devotion to his profession, to the University of Keele, and to the welfare of his students.

Prizes

Bruce Centre Prize

A prize of the value of £250 may be awarded each year by the Senate on the recommendation of the Programme Director of American Studies for distinguished overall performance in the courses for the MRes in American Literature and Culture and U.S. History and Politics.

Adams Prize for American History

The Adams Prize for American History is awarded annually for the best dissertation by a Keele undergraduate student in the field of American history. No application is required. In consultation with relevant Programme Directors, the Director of the David Bruce Centre for American Studies nominates prizewinners. Nominations are approved at the American Studies external examiners’ meeting in June. This prize will be listed on both the student transcript and the HEAR, and will be announced at graduation.

Charles Swann Prize for American Literature

The Charles Swann Prize for American Literature is awarded annually for the best dissertation by a Keele undergraduate student in the field of American literature and culture.  The Prize is awarded in memory of Charles Swann, who taught American literature at Keele with unique distinction for over thirty years. No application is required. In consultation with relevant Programme Directors, the Director of the David Bruce Centre for American Studies nominates prizewinners. Nominations are approved at the American Studies external examiners’ meeting in June. This prize will be listed on both the student transcript and the HEAR, and will be announced at graduation.