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The Byron Society invites applications for a PhD bursary for new and existing PhD students.

This is an annual bursary of £3,000 per year.

Applications are accepted from anyone accepted for enrolment as a full-time PhD student at a UK university on the basis of proposed research on an aspect of the life, work and /or influence of the poet Lord Byron.

This award can be applied for and received up to three years in a row by students focusing solely on Byron.  However, students studying multiple poets or authors can only receive the award once (though multiple applications can be made).

Applications can be made by students with additional sources of funding, but please list these in your application. The applications should also include a summary of the applicant’s academic record, an outline of his / her proposed research and the names of two referees who may be contacted. Please also state what year of study you are in.

Please download and fill out the below form, and notify your chosen referee that we will be in touch to request a reference. Applications should be sent by email to Dr Emily Paterson-Morgan, Director of the Byron Society, at contact@thebyronsociety.com. 

The application process for 2020/2021 will open at the end of 2019.

However please get in touch if you have any questions. 

2019/2020 PhD Bursary award recipient: Lee Livingstone

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Lee Livingstone is a PhD candidate in English Literature at Queen’s University Belfast. His project, ‘Lord Byron and Women’s Writing’, studies the relationships between Byron and several women writers. Negotiating current conceptualisations of influence and intertextuality, the project recognises the overall impact of women’s writing on Byron’s own poetic development, and through specific case studies shows the importance of several female authors across Byron’s career. Lee has participated at national and international conferences, and academic workshops, most recently presenting at the 44th International Byron Conference in Ravenna, Italy. He is also the recipient of the Miss Margaret Cuthbert Frazer Research Bursary (2018) for his research in women’s writing, and the Sir Thomas Dixon Travel Scholarship (2019) for undertaking archival research at the Newberry Library, Chicago.

2018/2019 PhD Bursary award recipient: Flora Liscia

Flora Lisica is studying for a PhD in English at the University of Cambridge. Her project is tracing the way that Byron and some of his contemporaries engaged with tragedy; the way that tragedy was being seen, read and conceptualised, and how this manifests in the dramatic and non-dramatic texts of the period. Prior to starting her doctorate, Flora studied for an MA in History of Art at The Courtauld Institute, and read English with Philosophy at the New College of the Humanities.

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