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IAAS Postgraduate and Early-Career Research, Travel, and Conference Bursaries

Since 2012, in response to suggestions from our then-Treasurer Tony Emmerson, the IAAS has introduced a number of awards and bursaries, aimed at postgraduate and early-career scholars, to facilitate travel to conferences, or for research purposes. Applications are invited from persons normally resident in Ireland or Northern Ireland. All applicants MUST be IAAS members.

The Prizes Sub-Committee will judge the application based on

  • the quality of the application;
  • the financial need in which the applicant finds him/herself;
  • the importance of the proposed trip or conference to the applicant’s research/career; and
  • the relevance of the proposed research/ conference to the IAAS’s interests and concerns.


Early Career Travel, Research, and Conference Bursary €300 – awarded twice in each calendar year.

Deadlines: 30 June/31 December

Postgraduate Travel and Research Bursary

(not including conference attendance)

€300 – awarded twice in each calendar year to PhD candidates.

Deadlines: 30 June/31 December

€100 – awarded once in each calendar year to students registered for Masters degrees.

Deadline: 30 June

Postgraduate Conference Bursary

(not including IAAS events)

€200 – Awarded twice in each calendar year.

Applicants must be presenting a paper at the conference. Deadlines: 30 June/ 31 Dec

IAAS Conference Bursary 2 Awards of €50 for attendance at the Postgraduate Symposium.

Applicants must be presenting a paper at the conference or symposium. Deadline 4 November.

2 Awards of €100, one for postgraduate applicants, one for Early Career applicants, for attendance at the Annual Conference.

Applicants must be presenting a paper at the conference or symposium. Deadline: 1 March

EAAS Conference Bursary

(only offered in the years when the event takes place)

2 awards, open to all postgraduate and Early Career applicants.

Applicants must be presenting a paper at the conference.

Deadline for this award is the 15th March 2020.

***The value of the award and application deadlines will be reviewed in line with each EAAS event***


BAAS Conference Bursaries 2 awards, open to postgraduate applicants.

1 award of €200 to attend the BAAS Postgraduate Conference

1 award of €300 to attend the BAAS Annual Conference

Deadline for this award is the 15th March 2020.

Download the BAAS Bursary Application Form

***Closing dates will be announced in line with the conference dates each year***

Download the General Bursary Application Form here

Completed application forms should be emailed to the chair of the Prizes Subcommittee, Katherine Fama.



Postgraduate applicants must be currently enrolled on a postgraduate degree programme at universities and institutions of higher education in Ireland or Northern Ireland.


Early-career/ postdoctoral applicants must apply within seven years of being awarded a PhD (from the date of graduation). Priority will be given to the following:

  • Applicants who do not hold an academic position, or those who are in part-time, short-term, or non-tenured academic employment.

We will also consider applications from:

  • Applicants in full-time and/or permanent employment who can demonstrate an absence or paucity of other forms of funding available to them.
  • Applicants who can demonstrate that securing external funding is essential to the further progression of their academic career.


Where relevant, IAAS particularly welcomes applications from scholars needing to visit the USA, although all applications relating to American Studies research will be considered.

Upon completion of their research and/or travel, successful recipients will submit a brief report detailing their use of the bursary, for publication on the IAAS website. This may include (as appropriate) the length and location of their stay, their overall experience, their conference presentation, which resources they accessed, and the outcome of their research.