BSECS is glad to be able to support postgraduate scholars to attend our Annual Conference. Up to twenty BSECS Conference Awards will be available each year. These awards cover the conference fee, plus the cost of the BSECS Annual Conference Dinner (at which the winners of these awards will be formally announced). The scheme is open to any student registered for a higher degree at a higher education institution in any country, and whose paper have been accepted for presentation at the conference. The chief judging criteria is the academic merit of the proposed paper. Previous successful applicants will not normally be eligible for an award.

These include three dedicated awards:

  • The Michael Burden Award for Musicology is offered to support a graduate student involved in research on music in the long eighteenth century.
  • The Keymer Award supports a graduate student who is either a Canadian citizen (based in Canada or elsewhere) or enrolled in a Canadian university.
  • The BSECS Committee Award can be held in any subject, but is a bursary offered by the BSECS committee’s personal donations to reward a particularly interdisciplinary paper or one which pioneers a new areas of 18th-century studies.

The Besterman Centre for the Enlightenment, generously supported by the Voltaire Foundation, also makes a similar award for an early career researcher who is within three years of having their doctorate conferred on them. As above, this award covers the conference fee, plus the cost of the conference dinner. The chief judging criterion is the academic merit of the proposed paper.

In addition to the BSECS Conference Awards for graduate students, the fees for BSECS conference registration, meals, and accommodation will be waived for a scholar (at any stage of their career) whose paper has been accepted and who comes from an academic institution in a country ranked as either ‘Medium’ or ‘Low’ in the most recent United Nations Human Development Index (UN HDI). For UN HDI rankings and indices click here.


Applications should be made online at the time of the submission of a paper or panel proposal for the Conference (usually opens in the summer preceding the January conference). Those who wish to apply for a BSECS Conference Award should tick the box to that effect and, in the space provided, add a statement of support for their application.

This information can also be found on the Postgraduate and Early Career Scholars Prizes and Awards page.


Contact: Gemma Tidman, BSECS Prizes and Awards Officer


In January 2017, the following scholars received BSECS Conference Awards:

–        Federico Furnari, University of Sheffield, “Giovanni Battista Serini, life and catalogue”: Winner of the Michael Burden Award for Musicology

–       Minchul Kim, University of St Andrews, “Volney reconsidered: travels, the Enlightenment narrative and the French Revolution”: Winner of the BSECS Committee Award

–      Catherine Beck, UCL & National Maritime Museum, “Building friendships and warships: James Jagoe, a shipwright in the Royal Navy 1758-1810”

–      Marianne Brooker, Birkbeck, University of London, “Monitors, companions, friends: museum and gallery descriptions in the long eighteenth century”

–      Sarah Burdett, University of York, “‘What ghastly shade attracts my sight?’: Sarah Siddons, Lady Macbeth, and the ghost of Marie Antoinette”

–       Apurba Chatterjee, University of Sheffield, “Imagery, governance, and political legitimacy in early British India”

–        Nicole Cochrane, University of Hull, “All’s fair in art and war: competitive collecting networks and the auction house saleroom in the long eighteenth century”

–       Yassaman Khajehi, HAR- Université Paris 10, “The audience in the 18th-century Persian performances”

–       Nicolás Olszevicki, CELFF-Université Paris IV/Sorbonne; CONICET; Universidad de Buenos Aires, “Diderot, materialism and the novel as a monstrous form: from the cabinet d´histoire naturelle to the Wunderkammer”

–       Emma Pauncefort, University College London, “‘O that travel…’: French women and travel to England in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries

–       Anais Pedron, Queen Mary University of London, “How to make friends when you are a diva: Clairon’s friendships and enmities in eighteenth-century Paris”

–       Naomi Pullin, University of Warwick, “Cultures of conflict resolution: female friends and foes in early Enlightenment Britain”

–      Francesca Suppa, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, “Translating the enemy: Lope de Vega in France in the long 18th century”

–       Alexander Zimbulov, HHU Düsseldorf, “’The highest diet of pleasure’: Fanny Hill’s erotic education and the tastes of reading”

–       Natalia Zorilla, Université Paris-Sorbonne; Universidad de Buenos Aires, “’Oh monstre!’ The problem of moral monstrosity in Sade’s Juliette

Other Prizes and Awards

Details of other BSECS Prizes and Awards can be found here.