The Society awards an annual prize for an essay in
English or French, of fewer than 6000 words, on any subject within the scope of
The award will be for outstanding academic merit at postgraduate level, and the
judges will be a subcommittee of the Trustees of the Society.
The award includes:
- a cash prize of £750
- expenses-paid travel to the next annual conference of the Society for French Studies
- mention in the French Studies Bulletin and on the Society's website
Le Portrait parle. Source: Library of Congress
The Society for French Studies is pleased to announce that the winner of this year’s R. Gapper Postgraduate Essay Prize is Helen Craske, a doctoral researcher at Merton College, University of Oxford. The prize was awarded for an essay entitled ‘Periodicals as Proxénètes: Erotic Complicity in Don Juan (1895-1900)’.
The Society offers its warm congratulations to Helen on her achievement.
Entries for 2019 are now closed.
A prize will be awarded by the Society for French Studies for an essay in English or French, of fewer than 6000 words, on any subject within the scope of French studies. The award will be for outstanding academic merit at postgraduate level, and the judges will be a subcommittee of the Trustees of the Society for French Studies.
Conditions of entry
(The following details pertain to the 2019 prize; the 2020 competition will open in the summer and updated instructions will be posted here in due course.)
The essay must have been written in the current academic year by a postgraduate student currently registered (or within six months of registration having terminated) at an institution of higher education in the United Kingdom or Ireland.
It must be entered for the Prize together with an attestation from the supervisor/teacher affirming that the author is a postgraduate student at their institution, the essay’s originality, the date of its first submission and details of the context in which the essay was written (e.g. coursework essay for master’s course, draft of thesis chapter, etc). If a draft thesis chapter is entered, candidates are reminded to ensure that it can be read as a stand-alone essay. Essays should discuss primary material drawn from the broad disciplinary area of French studies. The primary material should be quoted in the original French. Entries must be accompanied by the coversheet available on this page, and adhere strictly to the presentation guidelines given on that sheet. Please note that there is a limit of three entries per department and one per person. This limit applies to both collegiate and non-collegiate universities.
A copy of each entry should be emailed, with a completed coversheet, by 31 October 2019, to Fionnuala Sinclair: Finn.Sinclair@ed.ac.uk. The attestation by the candidate’s supervisor/teacher should also be emailed to Dr Sinclair by the closing date.