Prize Research Fellowship

The Fellowship is open to academics in all areas of French Studies (see below), and will cover the cost of a one-semester replacement lectureship at the lowest point of the Junior Lecturer scale (to include gross salary, National Insurance, superannuation and a London allowance where applicable) to enable the successful candidate to take research leave. The Fellowship will be tenable for a period in the 2023-24 academic session and the deadline for application is 31st January 2023.

Applications will only be accepted from full-time employees of a Higher Education Institute in the UK or Ireland who have not benefited from externally-funded research leave in the three years prior to the date on which the Fellowship would commence. Candidates must have been a member of the Society at the appropriate rate for each of the three years prior to the Fellowship. The overriding criteria for selection are (i) the potential of the proposed research to result in a major contribution that will enhance the standing of French Studies both within the UK and Ireland and further abroad; and (ii) the academic standing and achievements of the candidate, taking into account their current career stage.

Current members of the SFS executive committee are not eligible to apply for this scheme.

Candidates are invited to send a research proposal with a maximum length of 3 A4 pages in a font no smaller than Arial 10 or Times New Roman 11, together with a short CV (5 pages max.), to the Vice-President of the Society, Professor Michael Syrotinski at All applications must be accompanied by a letter from the candidate’s Head of Department, Dean or other managerial post-holder to specify the costs of replacing the Fellow with a full-time appointment (normally at the most junior point of the lecturer scale at the institution concerned) to undertake the normal duties of the applicant for the duration of the Fellowship, and to guarantee that the funding will be used for this purpose alone.

The Fellowship may not be combined concurrently with another funded leave. The successful research proposal will be published in French Studies Bulletin, together with a short statement explaining how it makes a contribution to the Society’s mission. Fellows will also be required at the termination of the Fellowship to publish there a further short piece of 1,000 words relating in some way to their research on the project. The Fellowship must be acknowledged in all publications arising directly from the award.

2021 winners

We are delighted to announce that we awarded two Prize Research Fellowships in the 2021 round. The recipients are:

John McKeane (University of Reading): Philosophy’s Others: Sarah Kofman and Barbara Cassin

The judges found this to be a strong and original project, linking Kofman's work to Cassin's, and their shared heritage and history as Jewish women philosophers.

Claire Moran (Queen's University Belfast): Morisot’s Modernism

Claire will work on an important new monograph reassessing the work of Berthe Morisot, her reputation, and, more generally, Impressionism in light of the new critical lens of interior studies and material culture.

Congratulations to both winners!

Previous winners

The following scholars have been recipients of the Prize Research Fellowship:

2019-20: Lucy O'Meara, University of Kent

2018-19: Hugh Roberts, University of Exeter

2017-18: Kathrin Yacavone, University of Nottingham

2016-17: Bill Marshall, University of Stirling

Applications should be addressed to

Professor Michael Syrotinski

University of Glasgow
School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Hetherington Building
University of Glasgow
G12 8RS