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Recognising that it is difficult in some situations to obtain access to books necessary for research without purchasing them, and recognising also that some ESSE members have financial difficulties, ESSE has decided to award some small grants to its members for the purchase of books in connection with specific research projects.

Members might need to apply for such grants because:
* they need to consult books that are not held by their university libraries and cannot easily and quickly be obtained by interlibrary loan,
* or they need to have books available to them over an extended period, longer than would be possible through a library loan
* and, in addition, buying the books would place a strain on their available financial resources, for example because of the high cost of the books concerned.

Grants will be of a maximum of 300 euro per applicant. However, members are asked to keep their applications to the minimum necessary, and to restrict their applications only to books that fulfil the criteria above.
Grants will be made only to members of ESSE, or to PhD students whose supervisors are members of ESSE.
Grants are available for any research project, whether it is formally registered and recognised or simply normal individual academic research.
However, it is not the intention to provide books for general academic purposes, e.g. as reference works to have on one’s bookshelf.
ESSE requests that successful applicants donate the books to their university libraries when their research projects have been completed, so that other scholars can benefit from the books.
After purchasing the books, the winners will be asked to send the itemised receipts to the Treasurer of ESSE. The receipt(s) will include the name of the purchaser, the titles and the cost of the books (even if the purchases were electronic).

The application deadline is 1 October 2015. Applications should be sent to the Chair of the Bursaries Committee using the form attached.
Chair of the Bursaries Committee: Prof. Lilla Maria Crisafulli: <>
Applications will be dealt with as quickly as possible.