Funding

All applications for funding should be addressed to Dr. David Ballantyne (d.t.ballantyne@keele.ac.uk).

Whether you are engaged in doctoral or postdoctoral research on North America, Keele is an excellent location to access a wide variety of resources.  The David Bruce Centre for American Studies can provide you with hot-desk office and computer facilities alongside financial support. We offer a range of financial support for visiting scholars, Keele faculty, postgraduates, and undergraduate dissertation students.

Please see the sections below for more information about funding opportunities

Bruce Centre Fellowships

Bruce Centre Fellowships:

Keele University’s David Bruce Centre for American Studies (DBC) is now accepting applications for its 2018/19 Bruce Centre fellowship programme. 

The DBC fellowship programme provides university affiliation for one or two semesters, and upon request, office space and facilities, including computer and printer access, for visiting scholars.  All postdoctoral scholars with research relating to North America are eligible.  In particular, the centre encourages applications from early-career researchers (post-viva).

The fellowships also offer up to £500 towards research travel and accommodation.  Fellowship recipients will deliver a paper for the DBC seminar series on their research within a year of receiving funding.  The DBC will reimburse domestic travel and accommodation expenses for the subsequent seminar attendance.  Within a year of receiving the fellowship, recipients will also submit a research report to the DBC director and a blog post (c. 500-1000 words) for publication on the DBC website. 

When at Keele (either for the seminar series, or for extended study), DBC fellows are expected to make themselves available to postgraduate students.

Bruce Centre fellowship applications should be submitted to the DBC director (d.t.ballantyne@keele.ac.uk) by 5pm on January 22, 2019.  Applications should consist of a letter of interest describing the proposed purpose, duration, cost breakdown, and timing of research travel; and (where relevant) the purpose, duration and timing of the stay at Keele. They should also include a research proposal (c. 500-1000 words) and a curriculum vitae.

Please direct queries to the DBC interim director, David Ballantyne (d.t.ballantyne@keele.ac.uk).

Visiting European Fellowships

Visiting European Fellowships:

Keele University’s David Bruce Centre for American Studies (DBC) is now accepting applications for its 2018/19 Visiting European fellowship programme. 

The Visiting European fellowship programme started in 2003. It offers up to £500 towards research travel and accommodation for scholars based in continental Europe.  Upon request, it also provides institutional affiliation, office space and facilities, including computer and printer access at Keele University.  All postdoctoral scholars based in continental Europe with research relating to North America are eligible.  In particular, the centre encourages applications from early-career researchers (post-viva).

Fellowship recipients will deliver a paper for the DBC seminar series on their research within a year of receiving funding.  The DBC will reimburse expenses up to £200 for the subsequent seminar attendance.  Within a year of receiving the fellowship, recipients will also submit a research report to the DBC director and a blog post (c. 500-1000 words) for publication on the DBC website. 

When at Keele (either for the seminar series, or for extended study), Visiting European fellows are expected to make themselves available to postgraduate students.

Visiting European fellowship applications should be submitted to the DBC director (d.t.ballantyne@keele.ac.uk) by 5pm on January 22, 2019.  Applications should consist of a letter of interest describing the proposed purpose, duration, cost breakdown, and timing of research travel; and (where relevant) the purpose, duration, and timing of the stay at Keele. They should also include a research proposal (c. 500-1000 words) and a curriculum vitae.

Please direct queries to the DBC interim director, David Ballantyne (d.t.ballantyne@keele.ac.uk).

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 relating to North America, 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.

 

David Bruce Centre Student Domestic Travel Fund

Amount: up to £100 (maximum per student per academic year)

Purpose: to facilitate travel (not subsistence) for domestic research trips (e.g. to British Library)

Eligibility: all Keele postgraduate or final-year undergraduate students with a research interest in North America are eligible to apply

Application procedure: students may apply on a rolling basis, before or after research has occurred

To apply, email the David Bruce Centre Director (d.t.ballantyne@keele.ac.uk) a letter of application, and include the following:

1)    The cost incurred (e.g. train fare, and if necessary for research, overnight accommodation)

2)    A 300-word description of your project and justification for the funding (typically a list of the materials to consult that are unavailable at Keele) 

 

Note: to receive reimbursement, students must keep travel receipts.  The DBC will reimburse standard-class tickets only, and encourages students to book advance fares wherever possible. 

Postgraduate Research and Conference Grants

Postgraduate students enrolled at Keele with research interests in North America 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/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 Research Grant 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.

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.

The John D. Lees Memorial Bursary 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.

Prizes

Adams Prize for American History (undergraduate)

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.

 

The Adams Prize for American History (postgraduate)

The Adams Prize for American History (postgraduate) is awarded annually for the best performance by a Keele postgraduate student in the field of American history.  Applications should be made to the Director of the David Bruce Centre before the start o fthe Easter vacation each year and should consist of a covering letter and a written submission of 5,000 to 10,000 words in the field of American history.  Applications are considered by the Director of the David Bruce Centre in liaison with the Committee of the David Bruce Centre.  The winner is announced in May and the prize is awarded on Graduation Day.

Undergraduate funding

David Bruce Centre Student Domestic Travel Fund

Amount: up to £100 (maximum per student per academic year)

Purpose: to facilitate travel (not subsistence) for domestic research trips (e.g. to British Library)

Eligibility: all Keele postgraduate or final-year undergraduate students with a research interest in North America are eligible to apply

Application procedure: students may apply on a rolling basis, before or after research has occurred

To apply, email the David Bruce Centre Director (d.t.ballantyne@keele.ac.uk) a letter of application, and include the following:

1)    The cost incurred (e.g. train fare, and if necessary for research, overnight accommodation)

2)    A 300-word description of your project and justification for the funding (typically a list of the materials to consult that are unavailable at Keele) 

 

Note: to receive reimbursement, students must keep travel receipts.  The DBC will reimburse standard-class tickets only, and encourages students to book advance fares wherever possible.