Category Archives: Competitions, Prizes, Bursaries

BCLA – John Dryden Translation Competition

British Comparative Literature Association

The John Dryden Translation Competition

 Annual competition with February closing date; enter at any time of year

 Any genre

 Any language into English

 A maximum of 20 pages

 One entry £7; two entries £12; three entries £16

 First Prize £350; Second Prize £200; Third Prize £100

Full details and entry form can be found on the competition website. All entries received will go forward to the competition at the next closing date. Use the form provided on the website even if the current deadline has passed.

Entries are submitted in electronic and in hard copy format to:

Dr Karen Seago, John Dryden Translation Competition, Centre for English, Department of Journalism, School of Arts and Social Sciences, City, University of London, London – EC1V 0HB. Email:

Masters by Research Fee Waivers at Royal Holloway, University of London

Masters by Research Fee Waivers in French, German, Italian, Hispanic Studies or Comparative Literatures and Cultures at Royal Holloway, University of London.

The School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Royal Holloway is in a position to offer two Masters by Research fee waivers (full Home/EU fee waiver) for applications to its MA by Research for 2016-17.

In addition, the School is offering two MA by Research bursaries of £1000 for any of the programmes above (note that these may not be awarded concurrently with the fee waivers).

Applications received by the deadline of 13th July 2016 at 4pm will be considered, on a competitive basis.

“The Masters by Research offers a number of exciting possibilities to students who are interested in postgraduate study. Our Masters by Research is a flexible programme that allows students to undertake in-depth study (both full and part-time) on key areas of literature, visual or cultural studies or comparative topics. We offer a tailor-made research focussed module to equip you with a range of theoretical and historical approaches to the study of literature, art and culture whilst you refine your own approach to your topic for the dissertation. More information is available here.

Eligibility conditions apply. Please note that only candidates who have been offered, and who have accepted, a place to study at Royal Holloway will be considered for any available funding opportunities.

We will consider applications from any area of our research specialisms in French, German, Hispanic Studies or Italian or on comparative topics which might include comparisons between the literature, film or culture of different language areas (including texts in translation) subject to expertise in the School or other comparative topics such as adaptation, reception, interpretation, performance, place and displacement or creative transfer amongst others: ( Subject to a waiver of regulations, dissertations may be written in languages other than English.

Prospective applicants should contact Dr Sarah Wright ( as soon as possible who will be able to offer further advice on making an application, the programme, the fee waiver award, and on the range of research themes/topics on which we are able to offer expert supervision.”

Deadline Approaching for the Next Round of BCLA Postgraduate Bursaries

In 2014, the British Comparative Literature Association has announced a new scheme of postgraduate bursaries, designed to support attendance at conferences or research trips by BCLA members registered for a postgraduate degree (MA, MRes, MPhil, or PhD). Bursary applications may be accompanied by applications for membership.

The application deadline for the next round is 31 May 2016.

See Postgraduate Bursaries for details.



Deadline:  March 31, 2016

Entry: £6 (online payment to Wales PEN Cymru)

The English-language winner will be awarded a prize of £250 in a special event at the Hay Festival in May 2016. The winning translation will be published in Poetry Wales.

The Welsh-language winner will be awarded a prize of £250 and a bardic staff carved from a single piece of wood in a special ceremony at the National Eisteddfod in August 2016. The staff was commissioned and sponsored by Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru (The Society of Welsh Translators). The winning translation will be published in O’r Pedwar Gwynt.
The Challenge this year is to translate the unpublished poem ‘El Conejo y la Chistera’ by the Mexican poet, Pedro Serrano, into Welsh or English. The competition is organised by Wales PEN Cymru and Wales Literature Exchange, Aberystwyth University, and sponsored by Swansea University’s College of Arts and Humanities.

The competition is organised by Wales PEN Cymru and Wales Literature Exchange, Aberystwyth University, and sponsored by Swansea University’s College of Arts and Humanities.

For more detail about the competition, please visit the website.

Funding for Doctoral Study at Royal Holloway

AHRC and College Postgraduate Studentships
School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Royal Holloway University of London.
French, German, Hispanic Studies and Italian and Comparative Literature and Culture

The School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Royal Holloway is pleased to invite applications to its PhD programmes in Modern Languages (French, German, Hispanic Studies and Italian and Comparative Literature and Culture). You can find out more about the research environment and range of expertise we offer on our research pages.

Royal Holloway is the lead member of the TECHNE London and South-East Doctoral Training Partnership, which offers Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) awards for those commencing postgraduate study in September 2016. TECHNE comprises seven universities and is one of the 11 AHRC Doctoral Training Partnerships. TECHNE’s vision is to produce scholars who are highly motivated and prepared for academic, public or professional life. Its students will benefit from a diverse range of training workshops and opportunities to engage with partners in the arts and cultural sector.
Students may apply to TECHNE for a doctoral award by submitting a TECHNE application through Royal Holloway.  If you are interested in applying for a TECHNE award, the first step is to speak to a prospective supervisor or the Director of Graduate Studies. It is not possible to submit an application directly to TECHNE: you must apply through one of the member universities. Overseas students are not eligible for AHRC awards (although they may be considered for other College awards), and EU students are eligible for fees only.
There are around 50 awards per annum for students who are applying to undertake PhD study. Students who apply for a TECHNE award will be considered automatically for a College Scholarship.

For more information on any of these awards, or for postgraduate study more generally at Royal Holloway, write to the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr Sarah Wright.