The BCLA offers grants and sponsorship to support activities related to the dissemination of comparative literature studies and research in the UK, including the organisation of events and workshops by members, and awards for conference attendance.

Please see the sections below for further details.

Arthur Terry Postgraduate Essay Prize

The British Comparative Literature Association offers an annual prize for an essay written in English on any aspect of comparative literature in memory of Arthur Terry (1927–2004), who served as President of the BCLA for many years. Arthur Terry was Emeritus Professor in the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex, and one of the world’s most distinguished critics of Catalan literature for which he received many awards.

The application can be accessed at this link. The deadline for the 2022 competition is 2 September, 2022.

The aim of the Arthur Terry Postgraduate Essay Prize is to recognise work of outstanding merit at Master’s level. There are two prizes of £200 and £100, and the winning entrants are also given one-year free BCLA membership.

Conference sponsorship & funding

The BCLA offers a certain number of funding awards and sponsorship for conferences and research events organised by members.  The maximum amount awarded per event is £200.00. There is no set deadline, but applications must be submitted and approved by the BCLA before the event is held.  Successful applicants will be asked to write a report on the event for publication on the BCLA website.

Please download and complete the BCLA Conference Application Form, providing full details of the event, and return to the BCLA Conference Officer, whose contact address can be found on the form.

Recent Conferences sponsored by the BCLA

A conference was held at the University of Glasgow, 12 – 13 September 2019, entitled Beastly Modernisms 2019, a multidisciplinary conference spanning the fields of animal studies, modernism and the environmental humanities.

Read the Conference Report.

The BCLA sponsored a two-day interdisciplinary symposium organised at the University of Leeds, entitled Samuel Beckett and Roland Barthes: un dialogue de sourds, 26 and 27 April 2019. This event brought together eight delegates from France, the USA and the UK, to debate the two writers Samuel Beckett and Roland Barthes from multiple disciplinary perspectives.

Read the Conference Report.

A conference  was organised by the Centre for Myth Studies, University of Essex and the Psychosocial Studies Research Group, University of East London entitled Translating Eurydice, comprised of “readings of Eurydice by academics, analysts, poets, painters and performers allowing the participants to consider the multidimensional character of myth and also to draw comparisons between texts and the various other retellings of the well-known story of Orpheus and Eurydice.

Read the Conference Report.

The Glyn Hambrook Postgraduate Research Award 2022

All postgraduate members of the British Comparative Literature Association are eligible to apply for the Glyn Hambrook Postgraduate Research Award. The funding is is worth up to £250.00, and this sum may be used by postgraduate students for any costs incurred for the purpose of research activities. These may include travel expenses, registration fees for hybrid/online conferences or seminars, enrolment for other relevant training courses, the purchase and download of applicable software, or the costs of books, journals, and stationery. The purchase of equipment such as laptops, mobiles or other hardware is not eligible.

Applicants should be members of the BCLA, and should also be students registered for a postgraduate degree (MA, MRes, MPhil or PhD) in the field of comparative literature, defined here as the interaction of at least two bodies of literature (writers, genres, etc), usually across languages.

Applications for membership may be made at this link.

The deadline for applications is July of each year: the next round will open in April 2023. 

The application form is available at this link:

Please download, complete the form electronically and send it as an attachment to An acknowledgement of the application will be made on receipt.

No applications can be accepted after the closing date, and proof of purchase or receipts are required to claim all or part of the amount awarded.

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