The foremost learned association for French studies in the UK and Ireland

Welcome to the Society for French Studies · Bienvenue à la Société des Études Françaises · Fáilte chuig Cumann Léann na Fraincise · Croeso i’r Gymdeithas Astudiaethau Ffrengig · Fàilte do Chomann Eòlas na Frangais

The Society for French Studies exists to promote the full spectrum of the discipline in institutions of higher education, both within the United Kingdom and Ireland, and beyond. Our activities do this in a range of different ways, encouraging and supporting intellectual enquiry in French studies at all levels.


We offer assistance to support colleagues across the career stages, from postgraduate student an on. There are funding streams for different types of activity: grants for Conferences and Workshops, grants for Visiting Fellowships and Research Support, and a new Prize Research Fellowship to provide a period of study leave to colleagues conducting excellent research in the field.

Interior view of the Galérie des machines, Exposition universelle de 1889. Source: Library of Congress
Interior view of the Galérie des machines, Exposition universelle de 1889. Source: Library of Congress

Each year, the Society awards the prestigious R. Gapper book prize for a book in the field of French studies, published for the first time in the previous calendar year, by a scholar based in an institution of higher education in the United Kingdom or Ireland.

27 - 29 June 2022

The next Society for French Studies annual conference will take place online, on 28–30 June 2021.

Join the society

Benefits of membership

Quarterly Bulletins

Receive all four issues of French Studies: a Quarterly Review published in the year of your membership and all four issues of French Studies: a Quarterly Bulletin.

Archive Access

Have full online access to the complete archives for both FS (from Volume 1, 1947) and FSB (from Volume 1, 1981)

Purchase publications

Be able to purchase the Society’s other publications at favourable rates

Preferential rates

Enjoy preferential rates for registration at the annual conference

Conference & Workshop funding

Be eligible for conference and workshop funding offered by the Society

Book discounts

Receive discounts on books published by leading French studies publishers

Simon Gaunt
News 13 December 2021

It is with profound sadness that the Society of French Studies learned of the untimely death of Simon Gaunt, a former President, and a dear friend to so many in the Society and beyond. He was a magnificent leader and pioneer, respected and admired in the French Studies community both nationally and internationally for his immense contributions to Medieval Studies, but also for so much more. We share in the link below a few tributes to Simon from some of the colleagues closest to him, and will be reflecting in the coming weeks and months on how we might honour his memory in a more lasting way.


Marshall Professor of French, University of Glasgow.

President, Society for French Studies

Our publications

The Society's journal, French Studies, is published four times a year by Oxford University Press. French Studies Bulletin: A Quarterly Supplement is the sister journal to French Studies and also appears four times a year.

The Society also supports the MHRA in publishing the Legenda series Research Monographs in French Studies, including appointing the General Editor for the series.


French Studies

RT : Many congratulations to our AUPHF+ committee member on this prestigious appointment to be a Future of Lang…

25 January 2022