Funding Opportunities from the Society of French Studies

As part of its mission to promote French Studies in the UK and Ireland, the Society for French Studies runs a number of funding schemes.

We are pleased to announce that, in order to increase their effectiveness, two of these schemes will now be operated on a rolling basis, with no fixed deadlines. Applications may now be made to the Research Support Fund and to the Conference and Workshop Funding Scheme at any time, up to a minimum of two months before the activity for which funding is sought. An outline of the schemes is given below; full terms and conditions, and details of how to apply, may be found on the Society’s website at

Applicants to either scheme must be members of the Society for French Studies at the time of application.


Research Support Fund

The Society recognizes the importance of supporting colleagues across the career stages represented amongst its membership, and also acknowledges that there are certain groups—postgraduate students, early-career researchers without permanent positions, and active scholars who have retired from permanent posts—for whom available resource is very scarce. The Society has agreed to allocate funds of up to £6,000 p.a. to support the conference participation, research visits and other appropriate research-related expenses of postgraduate students and colleagues (including those with emeritus status) without permanent positions. Applicants are encouraged to apply for other sources of funding where practicable. More details are available here:


Conference and Workshop Funding Scheme

The Society for French Studies offers grants in support of conferences and pedagogic workshops held in the UK or Ireland which are concerned with research, teaching and learning in any area of French Studies. This includes one-day conferences and seminars, postgraduate conferences, and activities relating to the teaching of French Studies in Higher Education. Such activities may involve pedagogic workshops, symposia on the Teaching and Learning of French Studies, and networking events for practitioners. The Society is particularly keen to encourage regional cooperation. Applicants are encouraged to apply for other sources of funding where practicable. Where appropriate, there will be an expectation of institutional contribution and this should be clearly evidenced in applications. The Society will not support conferences which coincide with its own Annual Conference. Full details and the application form are available here: