The Society is committed to the support of postgraduate students working in all fields of French Studies. Through our activities, we aim to build a strong postgraduate community and to promote postgraduate research by facilitating exchange between researchers at all stages of study in the discipline of French Studies. There is an annual programme of SFS events in which postgraduate participation is encouraged. As well as the annual conference, at which we arrange a regular session devoted to postgraduate skills training, the Society runs its own postgraduate workshop and sponsors French Studies events organized by and for postgraduate students throughout the year. The Gapper Postgraduate Essay Prize is awarded annually by the Society as a means of recognizing and rewarding the excellent work being done by French Studies postgraduates. An elected postgraduate representative sits on the Executive Committee and is closely involved with the organization of events as well as with the work of the French Studies Bulletin. The Society is always keen to hear from its postgraduate members; if you have any comments and suggestions please send them to Charlotte Thevenet, our current Postgraduate Officer.

Thinking of joining us? Benefits of joining the Society as a postgraduate include:

  • A greatly reduced rate for the annual French Studies conference
  • Access to funding for the organisation of your own conferences and events
  • Four issues per year of French Studies: a Quarterly Review
  • Four issues per year of French Studies: a Quarterly Bulletin

Postgraduate members join at the preferential rate of £27.50, or £25 if paying by standing order (the usual membership fee is £55/£50). Click here to join!



Annual Conference

A cash prize of £100 will be awarded for the best postgraduate poster at our conference in Durham (2017).

Society for French Studies Postgraduate Conference

The Society organizes an annual one-day postgraduate conference at the IMLR, London. Please visit the link above to explore details of forthcoming and past conferences.



French Studies Bulletin Postgraduate Bulletin Board

French Studies Bulletin would love to hear about any newly-awarded doctorates or postgraduate events.

Please let us know now of any new doctorates awarded in French/Francophone studies from an institution in the UK or Ireland. Send details of your doctorate (form here) by email with the header ‘FSB PhDs’ to Charlotte Thevenet (

To advertise a postgraduate event, please send information to the SFS Publicity Officer, Dr Andrew Counter ( no later than 6 months before the closing date for calls for papers.

To report on a postgraduate event, please include the following information in a Word document, formatted in FSB style, and send to the Assistant Editor of FSB, Manon Mathias ( also copied to the Editor, Dr James Simpson ( title of event; venue and date; organisers; speakers and format; funding (if applicable) and a short synopsis (in no more than 250 words). Reports should conclude with ‘Report written by X (affiliation or email address) and Y (affiliation or email address)’.

Please do send awards and reports ASAP for publication in the next issue!


SFS resources and activities of interest and relevance to postgraduate students

Gapper Postgraduate Essay Prize awarded annually by the Society for an essay in English or French of fewer than 6,000 words

Grants in support of postgraduate conferences – normally ranging from £100-£250

SFS research support funding is available to postgraduate members. For further details, click here.



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