Funding and Prizes
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ASMCF Visiting Scholars' Seminar Series
In the light of its commitment to fostering collaboration between francophone and UK academics in its fields of interest, the Association offers funding to networks of members to support an annual seminar series of three or more thematically-related events, tenable in any UK or Irish university, or institution of higher education in the UK or Ireland, each of which will include a different francophone academic based in a francophone country alongside a member of the hosting department. The Association will also consider proposals which include professionals and practitioners working in fields relevant to the academic project. The scheme is designed to support the invitation of early-career and established scholars. One grant per year to be awarded up to the value of £2500 to cover the costs of the francophone scholars and where applicable, professionals / practitioners and organisation costs of the events.
The Association's Initiative Fund provides small grants to individuals or institutions who are members of the Association to help defray the costs of day schools, seminars etc., and support for postgraduate activities and travel (in addition to specific funding for postgraduate conferences/day schools). The Association is particularly keen to encourage and support regionally based collaborative initiatives on the part of its members.
Please download and complete the Initiative Fund form and return it to :
Dr Fiona Barclay
Applicants please note:
- Applications should be accompanied by relevant supporting documentation such as a call for papers and, where possible, an outline programme
- Applicants should provide FULL financial details of the event and not just the cost for which ASMCF funding is being sought.
- It is normally assumed that organisers will charge a conference fee to offset costs. If no fee is being charged, the reasons for this should be stated on the application.
- Maximum contribution that can be applied for: £500
- Successful applicants will receive funding FOLLOWING the event and AFTER SUBMISSION of a report to the Honorary Secretary. Details of these grants will then be posted on the website and reported in the Newsletter.
Forthcoming deadlines for the initiative fund are:
- Friday 11 November 2016
- Friday 03 March 2017
- Friday 05 May 2017
- Friday 01 September 2017
Initiative Fund Reports
Thinking Work / Penser le travail, The London Postgraduate French Conference, 4th November 2016
Locating Guyane University of London Institute in Paris, 10-11 July 2014
Peter Morris Memorial Postgraduate Travel Prize
In memory of the late Peter Morris, an award of £250 will be made to a postgraduate student to contribute towards travel costs incurred on a short trip to France.
The terms and conditions of the prize are as follows:
Postgraduates applying for the award should send an outline of their research project and the aims of their research trip electronically to the Association's Prizes Officer, Dr Abigail Taylor. The deadline for applications is 15 July of the year in question. Applications should be submitted in advance of the trip, which may take place at any time during the the twelve months following the deadline for applications.
A subcommittee convened to adjudicate the prize will look for evidence that the trip has been well planned and that the student has attempted to maximize the benefits to be drawn from the time in France.
Each student shall be required to provide a letter of support from his or her supervisor. Bids to other funding bodies either pending or known should be disclosed.
The person to whom the prize has been awarded should provide a brief report on the trip, including details of expenses, no later than three months after return to the UK.
Submissions should be made electronically by 15 July of the year in question to the Prizes Officer, Dr Abigail Taylor.
The 2016 Peter Morris Prize was awarded to Adam Spencer (University of Hull).
The 2013 Peter Morris Prize was awarded to Ellen Crabtree (Newcastle University).
The 2011 Peter Morris Prize was awarded to Marjorie Geerhardts, University of Exeter, for a visit to thw Musée du Service de Santé in respect of research into outcomes for facially injured WWII soldiers.
Postgraduate Essay Prize
The Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France is delighted to offer a prize for the best Postgraduate Paper given at the annual conference.
Emily St Denny, 'The gradual transformation of a weak but enduring regime: Contemporary French prostitution policy in transition (1946-2015)', (Nottingham Trent University)
Brian Darling Memorial Prize
The Brian Darling Memorial Prize was established in memory of the late Brian Darling, the founding Secretary of the Association.
The prize, to the value of £250, is awarded for an undergraduate essay or dissertation of distinction, which may treat any theme relevant to the Association's concerns, including aspects of modern French history, politics, society and culture, as well as the relations between France and other countries, including those in the French-speaking world. The work may be written in either French or English and should not normally exceed five thousand words.
Essays or dissertations must be accompanied together with a current email address provided by the student and a supporting statement from a member of the Association at a UK or other university. Submissions should be made electronically by 15 July of the year in question to the Hon. Secretary of the Association Dr Abigail Taylor.
A three-person sub-committee of the Executive will be invited to serve by the Secretary to consider the submissions and determine the award of the prize. Prize-winners shall be notified directly and their names announced on the web-site and at the Association's AGM.
Prize-winner 2016: Liam Innis, University of Newcastle, "Discuss how Flora Tristan blazed a trail among utopian socialists in her treatment of 'the woman question'"
Prize-winners 2015: Julia Dobson, University of Warwick, 'Analyse and evaluate the success of the GIP's resistance to techniques of coercive governance both at home and abroad' and Danielle Hayter, University of Portsmouth, 'How and why has the contribution of African soldiers to the French war effort during the Second World War been remembered in France and Senegal since the mid-1990s?'
Prize-winner 2014: Han Jie Chow, University of Bangor, 'Langue et identité culturelle à la Martinique'
Prize-winner 2013: H. Silver, University of Birmingham.
The 2011 Brian Darling Prize was awarded to Charley Jarrett, University of Sussex, for ‘L'exception electorale française’.
Douglas Johnson Memorial Essay Prize
The Douglas Johnson Memorial Essay Prize was recently established in memory of the late Douglas Johnson, the first Honorary President of the Association.
The prize, to the value of £250, is awarded for an undergraduate essay or dissertation which may treat a theme relevant to the Association's concerns, in aspects of Modern French history, politics, society and culture, as well as the relationships between France and other countries, including those in the French-speaking world. The work may be written in either French or English, should be over five thousand words, but not exceed ten thousand words. Essays or dissertations must be accompanied together with a current email address provided by the student and a supporting statement from a member of the Association at a UK or other university. Submissions should be made electronically by 15 July of the year in question to the Hon. Secretary of the Association Dr Abigail Taylor.
Prize-winner 2015: Liam Jones, University of Portsmouth, 'Mitterrand, Kohl and the quest for EMU: an awkward inheritance or a visionary endeavour? An analysis of the motives behind increased Franco-German economic integration in Europe from 1982-1995 and its consequences.'
Prize-winner 2014: Sally Jensen, University of Southampton 'Fighting in France: the struggles of identity adaptation and liminality for Chinese students in Paris'
Prize-winner 2013: Christopher Leffler, University of Sheffield.
The 2011 Douglas Johnson Prize was awarded to Philippe Le Goff, University of Warwick, for his essay 'May 1968: socio-economic modernism and the new spirit of capitalism'.
Summary of recent submissions to Douglas Johnson and Brian Darling Memorial Prizes
The Association welcomes submissions for both the Douglas Johnson and Brian Darling Memorial Prizes which deal with any aspect of the Association's scope (French history, politics, culture, society, literature, thought, film since 1789). For 2015, we received a record number of submissions for both prizes, reflecting the outstanding teaching, learning and research conducted in the area of French Studies at universities across the UK. Essay submissions likewise demonstrated the range of areas which come under the Association's remit: we received essays and dissertations examining history, politics, literature and thought, many of which were interdisciplinary and comprised empirical and theoretical approaches. A summary of the broad areas covered by submissions to the 2015 prizes is below:
- Post-colonial memory, history and literature (including essays and dissertations on the commemoration and memory of African men and women and on the work of Frantz Fanon)
- Holocaust studies and literature (including essays and dissertations on the work of Patrick Modiano)
- Twentieth century French history and politics (including essays and dissertations on Gaullist domestic and foreign policy and on Mitterrand)
- Gender studies
- Work on prisons and Foucault
- Regional studies including an essay on Alsace
Postgraduate Poster Prizes
The 2015 competition winner was James Illingworth of Queen's University Belfast.
The 2013 competition winner was Ellen Crabtree of Newcastle University.
The 2012 competition winner was Jacob Zobkiw of Hull University.
The 2011 Postgraduate Poster Prize was awarded to Emily St.Denny (PhD Candidate, School of History and Politics, University of Stirling) for her poster on 'Next stop Stockholm? The role of ideas in shaping French prostitution policy 1975 - 2011'Poster winner
The 2010 Postgraduate Poster Prize was awarded to Pip Muratore (PhD Candidate, Department of French Studies & Department of Italian Studies, University of Sydney) for his poster on 'La Goulue and La Casati: Studies in the Performance of Belle Époque Decadentism'Poster winner