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 2023

All postgraduate members of the British Comparative Literature Association are invited to apply for the Glyn Hambrook Postgraduate Research Award, worth up to £250.00. 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 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 (e.g. MA, MSt, MRes, MPhil PhD) in the field of comparative literature, defined here as the interaction of at least two bodies of literature (writers, genres, etc) that are not confined to one national literature. To reduce the burden both on applicants and on assessors, the Award will be allocated at random to one applicant who meets these eligibility criteria

Applications for membership may be made at this link.

The deadline for applications is December 31, 2023, 23:59. No applications can be accepted after this date.

Applications for the award can be made through this link. Please download the form, complete and send via e-mail as an attachment to the BCLA Secretary, Josh Robinson.


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 Secretary, 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.

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.

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