ESSE Bursaries for 2020

In 2020, ESSE will offer funding of up to €19,000 to help cover costs associated with research trips.

ESSE will again offer TWO types of travel bursaries:

Type A: a number of bursaries of up to €1,500 each will be available for scholars in need of support to pursue a project or programme of research leading to the writing of their PhD dissertation.

Type B: a number of bursaries of up to €1,500 each will be available for scholars already holding a doctorate or its equivalent.

Applications are invited from all member countries. Awards are made on the basis of academic merit.

Only one application per person is allowed.

Bursaries may not be used to support research trips begun before the Bursary Committee has announced the outcome of the competition.

Applications for Type A and Type B Bursaries will not normally be entertained from candidates who have previously been successful in that competition.

In the case of both competitions A and B, winners are expected to make a short-term visit to a country where they, for example, identify an outstanding holding, collection or other type of material relevant to their research, or where they gather corpus materials or conduct an experiment. Conference participation is not supported by these bursaries; award winners may extend their visit at their own expense to attend a conference in the country concerned, but no part of the conference expenses will be covered by the bursary. Bursaries must be utilized and the study trips completed by the application deadline for next year’s bursaries, i.e. 1 March 2021.

After completing the research trip, winners will be asked to send a financial report to the Treasurer of ESSE and a report about their results to both the Treasurer and the Chair of the Selection Committee. This latter report may be published in ESSE Messenger.

Applicants for the first type of bursary are required to be members of their national associations affiliated to ESSE (according to the official membership list submitted in 2019).

Applicants for the second type of bursaries must be registered members of their national associations affiliated to ESSE (according to the official membership list submitted in 2019).

The deadline for applications for both types of Bursaries is 1 March 2020.

Notification to the applicants should be sent (electronically) by 15 April 2020. Applicants should send electronically to the chair of the Selection Committee:

  • the completed application form (see below) with sections on personal information, a list of the applicant’s most important publications, a research plan, and a provisional budget proposal;
  • a scanned or electronically generated letter issued by the president or the secretary of the appropriate national organization to certify the membership of the applicant;
  • for Type A bursaries, a letter of recommendation, sent directly via email to the Chair of the Selection Committee by the supervisor of the PhD candidate.

Selection Committee:

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APPLICATION FORM
ESSE Bursaries, Type A and B, for 2020

Application deadline: 1 March 2020. Notification about decision: 15 April 2020. Bursaries to be utilized by: 1 March 2021.

I. PERSONAL SECTION

NAME OF APPLICANT

TITLE OF RESEARCH PROJECT

BRIEF SUMMARY OF RESEARCH PROJECT (no more than 5 printed lines)
In this section please focus on the project that you plan to carry out abroad, which can obviously be situated within a broader research project if relevant. Make sure (for empirical studies) to outline the methodology used or (for library and archive visits) to be as explicit as possible about the holdings you wish to consult. The Bursary Committee should also get a clear view of why your research trip is essential to your project, and why it should have the length of stay you are proposing.

AFFILIATION AND POSITION
(for Type A indicate your PhD Program, for Type B your University and Department):

BEST EMAIL ADDRESS AND TELEPHONE NUMBER (the latter in case of emergency):

MA DEGREE (year and major/s):

PhD DEGREE (for Type B only; year, university and topic):

OTHER DEGREES (if applicable):

MOST IMPORTANT SCHOLARSHIPS:

II. PUBLICATIONS (The list below applies only to Type B applications. For the pre-doctoral Type A application simply list your publications if you have any, or disregard this section. Please provide translations into English of any titles and other details in languages other than English.)

A/ BOOKS AUTHORED BY APPLICANT

B/ BOOKS EDITED BY APPLICANT

C/ FIVE MOST IMPORTANT ARTICLES IN PEER-REVIEWED JOURNALS

D/ FIVE MOST IMPORTANT PAPERS IN COLLECTIONS OR CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

III. THE RESEARCH PROJECT (Should be no longer than 2 printed pages!)

A/ RESEARCH QUESTION, GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE TOPIC

B/ THE PROJECTED RESEARCH ACTIVITIES DURING THE BURSARY PERIOD

C/ EXPECTED RESULTS

IV. BUDGET PROPOSAL. Please see the guidelines page. Please remember, that, while the €1,500 is the maximum award, smaller requests are welcome! Conference participation expenses are not eligible for coverage by ESSE bursaries.

A/ TRAVEL EXPENSES

B/ ACCOMMODATION

C/ EVERYDAY EXPENSES (€25 per day)

D/ MISCELLANEOUS COSTS, including any BOOK PURCHASES (though please check the guidelines before applying for money to cover book purchases)

E/ TOTAL OF EXPENSES