Funding & Prizes
The ASMCF provides eight prizes and funding opportunities for our members from all career stages, be it to work with schools, invite an eminent scholar or undertake essential research abroad.
The Association’s Initiative Fund provides small grants to individuals who are members of the Association to help defray the costs of research events intended to benefit a wide public, such as conferences, study days, workshops and support for postgraduate activities that engage with themes related to the field of French Studies. The Association is particularly keen to encourage and support regionally-based collaborative initiatives on the part of its members; again, these should be intended to benefit a wide public. The Initiative Fund does not support costs associated with individual travel, participation and registration for events or conferences.
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.
About the prize: This is prize is jointly funded by the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France and the Society for the Study of French History. It aims to support outreach activities that promote the learning of French and the histories and cultures of the French-speaking world. Funds from £500-£1500 are available for projects up to 36 months in duration. The fund aims to support projects that: Support outreach events in schools or connecting schools with universities Create learning resources that promote the learning of French and/or histories of the French-speaking world Assist teachers in secondary education Promote the learning of marginalised histories, cultures, and societies in the French-speaking world. For more detailed information about the prize, please see the Terms and Conditions below.
An award of £500 will be made to an Early Career Researcher to contribute towards travel costs incurred on a short trip to one or multiple French-speaking countries.
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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. The prize consists of a £100 cheque and an invitation to submit the winning paper to the Association's journal, Modern & Contemporary France.
In memory of the late Peter Morris, an award of £500 will be made to a postgraduate student to contribute towards travel costs incurred on a short trip to one or multiple French-speaking countries.
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 explores any theme/s relevant to the Association's remit (French history, politics, culture, society, literature, thought, film since 1789, 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.
The Douglas Johnson Memorial Essay Prize was 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 of distinction, which explores any theme/s relevant to the Association's remit (French history, politics, culture, society, literature, thought, film since 1789, 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 be over five thousand words, but not exceed ten thousand words.