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.

The Glyn Hambrook Postgraduate Research Award

You are invited to apply for the Glyn Hambrook Postgraduate Research Award, intended to offer postgraduate students assistance in the present situation caused by COVID-19 and its repercussions. The award is worth £250.00, and this sum may be used for any costs incurred for the purpose of research activities. These may include registration fees for 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: information on how to apply for membership is available via the BCLA Homepage or Membership page. Applicants 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.

The deadline for applications is July 31, 12.00 noon. No applications can be accepted after this date, and proof of purchase or receipts are required to claim all or part of the amount awarded.

The application form is here: please download, complete the form electronically and send it as an attachment to  An acknowledgement of the application will be made on receipt.

This award has been made possible through the generosity of Dr Glyn Hambrook, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Wolverhampton, Honorary Lecturer in the English Department, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, former member of the BCLA Executive Committee, and organiser of the 2016 BCLA Triennial Conference, “Salvage”.

Postgraduate bursaries

The British Comparative Literature Association is pleased to announce its 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). Each award will be up to a maximum of £250 per student.  

There are two application rounds each year, with deadlines of 31 May and 30 November, 12 noon UK time. No application will be accepted after the deadline, and applications cannot be made retrospectively. The award, however, may be claimed after the event attended, with proof of attendance and receipts for travel costs supplied. BCLA Postgraduate Bursary Application Form

Applicants can only make one application per calendar year. Any publication resulting from research supported by this scheme must acknowledge the support received. Applicants must be current members of the BCLA and the research applied for must be in the field of comparative literature. Postgraduate bursary applications may be accompanied by applications for membership.

For the purposes of the postgraduate bursary scheme, ‘comparative literature’ is defined as the study of the interaction of at least two bodies of literature (writers, genres, etc.), usually across languages.

In order to apply for a BCLA postgraduate bursary, download and complete the BCLA Postgraduate Bursary Application Form
electronically and send it as an email attachment to both Dr Dr Rosa Mucignat ( and Professor Naomi Segal (

For more information, contact Professor Naomi Segal.

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.

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