Prize research fellowship

The 2019 Prize Research Fellowship competition is now closed. This year's winner, who will be funded for a period of research leave in the 2019-20 academic session, is Dr Lucy O'Meara (University of Kent). Congratulations, Lucy!

Please note that this scheme is closed for applications in the 2019-20 academic year. Postdoctoral members may apply for our new Postdoctoral prize fellowship. The following details pertain to the last round, and are for information only.

The Fellowship is open in 2019 to early and mid-career 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 2019-20 academic session.

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. For definitions of early and mid-career scholars, we take our steer from the British Academy, whose Mid-Career Fellowship scheme refers to individuals ‘normally within no more than 15 years from the award of their doctorate’ as early and mid-career. In calculating eligibility, the Society will nonetheless make allowances for special circumstances.

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 CV, to the incoming President of the Society, Professor Judith Still, at Those seeking exemption from the 'within 15 years of PhD' eligibility criterion should also supply a covering letter explaining the relevant circumstances. 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 deadline for applications in this competition is 28 February 2019. It is hoped that the successful candidate will be announced by 31 March 2019.

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.

Previous winners

The following scholars have been recipients of the Prize 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 Judith Still

Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
University of Nottingham
University Park