IAAS BURSARIES


The IAAS Research and Postgraduate Research Bursaries are open to scholars resident on the island of Ireland. All bursary applicants must be members of the IAAS. Membership of the IAAS automatically includes membership of the European Association for American Studies. The EAAS has a number of generous bursaries for scholars based in Europe and the UK. See: https://www.eaas.eu/ for more details. 

 

Research Bursary

For post-doctoral researchers precariously employed or unsupported financially by their institution on the island of Ireland. Includes independent scholars.

Up to €500 to be used for research-related activities, including but not restricted to: conference attendance and fees, research travel, research assistance (e.g., payment for a third party to take photographs or copies of  archival material that the applicant cannot personally access).

Application deadline: 31st December.

All awards must be for research activities taking place the following calendar year. All applicants must be IAAS members at the time of application and at the time of taking up the award.

The IAAS Prizes Panel reserves the right not to award, to award, or to part-award.

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Postgraduate Research Bursary

For postgraduate research students on the island of Ireland.

Up to €400 to be used for research-related activities, including but not restricted to: conference attendance and fees, research travel, research assistance (e.g., payment for a third party to take photographs or copies of  archival material that the applicant cannot personally access).

Application deadline: 31st December.

All awards must be for research activities taking place the following calendar year. All applicants must be IAAS members at the time of application and at the time of taking up the award.

The IAAS Prizes Panel reserves the right not to award, to award, or to part-award.

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IAAS Conference BursarIES

IAAS CONFERENCE BURSARIES
 
IAAS CONFERENCE BURSARIES
 
IAAS Postgraduate Symposium Bursaries
 
2 Awards of €50 for attendance at the IAAS Postgraduate Symposium
 
Applicants must be presenting a paper in person at the symposium.
Applicants must be members of the IAAS, and resident on the island of Ireland.
Please send your completed application form, along with your abstract, to 
the symposium organiser(s) before the deadline stated in the Call for Papers.
 
IAAS Annual Conference Bursaries
 
2 Awards of €100, one for postgraduate applicants, one for precariously employed
and/or financially unsupported scholars (including independent scholars), for attendance
at the IAAS Annual Conference
 
Applicants must be presenting a paper in person at the conference.
Applicants must be members of the IAAS, and resident on the island of Ireland.
Please send your completed application form and supporting documentation 
(where necessary), along with your abstract, to the conference organiser(s) 
before the deadline stated in the Call for Papers.

 

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EAAS POSTGRADUATE TRAVEL GRANT and conference grant

(Conference grant offered in event years)

2 Travel Grant Awards, open to all postgraduate research students who are members of the IAAS, are available from the EAAS. Please see the website for further details. 

The EAAS also offers conference grants. Applicants must be presenting a paper at the conference. See the EAAS website for more information.

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BAAS Conference Bursaries

BAAS Postgraduate Conference Bursary

1 award of €200 for attendance at the BAAS Postgraduate Conference.

Applicants must be presenting a paper in person at the conference or symposium. Applicants must be resident on the island of Ireland.

BAAS Annual Conference Bursary

1 award of €300 for attendance at the BAAS Annual Conference.

Applicants must be presenting a paper in person at the conference or symposium. Applicants must be resident on the island of Ireland.

Application deadlines dependent on BAAS events timetable, but must be received at least one month before the date of the relevant conference.

 

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Recent Bursary Winners

 

 

                                                     

RECENT BURSARY WINNERS – REPORTS 

 

Clare Geraghty, University College Cork

Winner of the Winter 2021 IAAS Postgraduate Research and Travel Bursary

‘I am a researcher and PhD candidate in Latin American Cultural Studies at University College Cork. My research focuses on the work of queer feminist hip hop duo from Cuba, Krudxs Cubensi, to investigate current conversations about body, gender, and coalition formation within feminist studies and activisms. I was very fortunate to receive the Winter 2021 IAAS Postgraduate Research and Travel Bursary, which contributed to a 3-month fieldwork trip to Cuba and the United States. During this trip, I interviewed activists, scholars, and creative practitioners about their visions of the challenges of contemporary feminist movements, and how these trends are reflected in the themes of music of Krudxs Cubensi. In Cuba, I met with activists from the group 11M, and journalists from the independent newspaper, Tremenda Nota, appearing on their podcast, ‘La Potajera’ on International Womens Day 2022. While in the US, I accessed the Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa Papers at the Benson Collection, University of Texas at Austin, and attended a rally for transgender rights at the Texas State Capitol. A final stop in New York provided the opportunity to delve into the origins of hip hop in its birthplace, as well as queer history, by visiting landmarks such as The Stonewall Inn. This trip has enriched my study immensely, allowing me to form connections with people I would otherwise not have met. I am grateful to the IAAS, the National University of Ireland, and the Department of Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies at UCC for their support.’

 

MÁIRÉAD CASEY, NUI GALWAY

Winner of the Summer 2022 IAAS Postgraduate Conference Bursary

‘The International Gothic Association annual conference is one of the largest and most prestigious dissemination opportunity for an early career researcher in the fields of Gothic and Horror studies. I attended this conference shortly after submitting my PhD thesis. As such, it presented a unique and timely opportunity to connect with an international selection of scholars in my field. As this was the first event of its kind that I was able to attend in person since the covid-19 pandemic, it was a cherished opportunity to see new research, network, and meet scholars and publishers in my field in person.

 The theme of “Gothic Interruptions” was particularly relevant to my research on horror representations of political and feminist consciousness after The Great Recession. With the CFP asking “How do these Gothic circumstances, terrifying as they may be, lead to change, looking toward new futures?” IGA2022 provided an exceptional intersection of my research interests and expertise. Participating in the conference permitted me to locate my own work on contemporary American horror cinema within that academic conversation.

My PhD research analysed American gender politics in the post-recession era as mobilised around the issue of sexual violence and as seen through selected demon-possession films produced in that time. My paper, “Demon Girls, Interrupted: Sexual Violence and Raised Feminist Consciousness in American Horror Cinema” used the case study of the 2011 film Lovely Molly (Sánchez) as an example of how contemporary demon-possession narratives relate to a reactionary, “popular” misogynist backlash to feminism’s fourth wave, particularly towards feminist theory and activism relating to sexual violence, harassment, and misconduct. I had a wonderful experience presenting my paper on a panel with researchers that were engaged in feminist and horror research and received thoughtful and supportive feedback and questions from the panel chair and attendees.’

 

Dr Máiréad Casey is an early career researcher with a PhD in Film and Digital Media from Ollscoil na Gaillimhe/University of Galway (formerly NUI Galway) under the supervision of Dr Conn Holohan. She currently teaches at Trinity College Dublin and can be reached at caseym4@tcd.ie

 

Bowen wang, TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN

Winner of the Summer 2022 IAAS Postgraduate Conference Bursary

‘As a recipient of the Irish Association for American Studies (IAAS) Postgraduate Conference Bursary, I was able to attend “Making Modernism 1922: 100 Years”: the annual conference of Modernist Studies Association (MSA) in Portland, Oregon, USA from 27th to 30th October 2022. My paper is titled “Where a painter is a poet”: E. E. Cummings’ Modernist Response to Chinese Art.” It is about Cummings and his modernist engagement with Chinese art (as one of important sources for Pacific-Rim Modernism), especially the composite artistry of “three perfections” combining the roles of poet, painter, and calligrapher. Our panel “Modernist Orientalism: Verse and Visual Art (II)” has two papers: apart from mine on Cummings’ East Asian aesthetics, the other is about “T.S. Eliot and the Dao: Negotiating the Way in Four Quartets.” Based on the thematic connection in-between our papers, we had a fruitful discussion around the several key topics of Taoism, translation, and the transpacific influence on Euro-American modernism. Both presentations show how Chinese cultures helped modernist poets to integrate into a series of idiosyncratic avant-garde experiments by bringing new energies from both sides of word/image and West/East. Overall, it is of great value to my early career development in the Anglo-American modernist studies and the progress of the current PhD project going forward.’

IAAS CONFERENCE BURSARIES
 
IAAS Postgraduate Symposium Bursaries
 
2 Awards of €50 for attendance at the IAAS Postgraduate Symposium
 
Applicants must be presenting a paper in person at the symposium.
Applicants must be members of the IAAS, and resident on the island of Ireland.
Please send your completed application form, along with your abstract, to 
the symposium organiser(s) before the deadline stated in the Call for Papers.
 
IAAS Annual Conference Bursaries
 
2 Awards of €100, one for postgraduate applicants, one for precariously employed
and/or financially unsupported scholars (including independent scholars), for attendance
at the IAAS Annual Conference
 
Applicants must be presenting a paper in person at the conference.
Applicants must be members of the IAAS, and resident on the island of Ireland.
Please send your completed application form and supporting documentation 
(where necessary), along with your abstract, to the conference organiser(s) 
before the deadline stated in the Call for Papers.