BSECS offers conference bursaries to reward academic excellence among our members who are postgraduates, early career researchers, and from countries ranked ‘low’ or ‘medium’ in the latest UN HDI ranking. All those whose papers have been accepted are eligible to apply. Awards will be judged on both the academic merit of the abstract, and financial need. These awards apply to the annual BSECS conference which takes place in January of each year. Those who have not previously received an award will be prioritised, but past winners may reapply.


There are 25 awards available, as follows:

5 x BSECS Early Career Conference Award (£120 each)

Of which one is generously sponsored by the Besterman Centre, supported by the Voltaire Foundation.           


19 x BSECS Postgraduate Conference Awards (£120 each)

Of which some are named awards, generously sponsored by our members:              

The Michael Burden Award for Musicology, to support a graduate student involved in research on music in the long eighteenth century.

Up to TWO Thomas Keymer Awards, to support graduate students who are either Canadian citizens (based in Canada or elsewhere) or enrolled at a Canadian university.

The BSECS Committee Award, offered by the BSECS committee’s personal donations, to reward a particularly interdisciplinary paper or one which pioneers a new area of 18th-century studies.


 1 x BSECS Capacity-Building Award (£300)

Which rewards a scholar, at any career stage, from an academic institution in a country ranked as ‘Medium’ or ‘Low’ in the most recent United Nations Human Development Index (UN HDI). 

To apply for any award, please complete the attached form and return to the Prizes & Awards Officer, Gemma Tidman, at by 23.59GMT on Friday 9 December, 2022. 



Those applying for an award should pay for registration and any other conference purchases through Paypal. The BSECS Treasurers will issue a refund via Paypal to all successful applicants. If a delegate wishes to attend the conference dinner regardless of whether they receive a bursary or not, they should pay for their dinner ticket when registering. However, if the delegate only wishes to attend the dinner if they can do so free of charge, as a bursary winner, they should not pay for dinner via Paypal.


Download the prizes application form here: BSECS Conference Award Application 2022-23