Legacy funds: International Congress on the Enlightenment Back

BSECS is delighted to announce our ICE legacy spending plans one year on from the immensely successful International Congress on the Enlightenment in Edinburgh 2019.


We hope with these spending proposals to support every stage of the academic pipeline, from Master’s funding through to post-doctoral research, and to focus on those areas which are known to be under-funded at the moment. We particularly wish to support and promote the presence of BME scholars in the field of eighteenth-century studies; we also wish to support research in the North of England and Scotland; finally, we wish to support ECR scholars. We hope in the near future to add to this list with awards for research in the EU. We are grateful to everyone who attended the International Congress on the Enlightenment, thereby contributing to this surplus, the entirety of which we are now delighted to be investing back in the field, and to those who submitted proposals in answer to our call. We wish we could have funded more of them.


We are planning to match-fund two Master’s studentships on any area of eighteenth-century studies at Exeter University, specifically for BME candidates. We are also match-funding two Master’s studentships with the University of Cambridge; applications from BME candidates will be encouraged. We will co-fund one PhD studentship at Edinburgh University in the field of eighteenth-century studies (History, History of Art, Languages, Musicology); this PhD studentship will also have a stipend which we will fund. We will fund one ‘summer writing’ grant, available to any ECR in temporary teaching contracts or 9-month posts. We will also match-fund one Research Fellowship per year for five years, funding travel, accommodation, and office space, at Northumbria University to promote research on the North East of England and Scottish Borders in the long eighteenth century.


We will give further details on our website www.bsecs.org.uk, and all these schemes will be advertised in the course of 2020-21 for take up in 2021 and beyond.