Funding & Prizes

The ASMCF provides eight prizes and funding opportunities for our members from all career stages, be it to work with schools, invite an eminent scholar or undertake essential research abroad.

Initiative Fund

The Association’s Initiative Fund provides small grants to individuals who are members of the Association to help defray the costs of research events (conferences, study days, workshops etc.), and support for postgraduate activities and travel (in addition to specific funding for postgraduate conferences and events). The Association is particularly keen to encourage and support regionally-based collaborative initiatives on the part of its members, which should be intended to benefit a wide public.

Visiting Scholars’ Seminar Series

In the light of its commitment to fostering collaboration between francophone and UK academics in its fields of interest, the Association offers funding to networks of members to support an annual seminar series of three or more thematically-related events, tenable in any UK or Irish university, or institution of higher education in the UK or Ireland, each of which will include a different francophone academic based in a francophone country alongside a member of the hosting department. The Association will also consider proposals which include professionals and practitioners working in fields relevant to the academic project. The scheme is designed to support the invitation of early-career and established scholars. One grant per year to be awarded up to the value of £2500 to cover the costs of the francophone scholars and where applicable, professionals / practitioners and organisation costs of the events.

  • Terms and Conditions

    Visiting Scholars’ Seminar Series - Terms and Conditions

    The Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France is delighted to announce its Visiting Scholars’ Seminar Series. In the light of its commitment to fostering collaboration between francophone and UK academics in its fields of interest, the Association offers funding to networks of members to support an annual seminar series of three or more thematically-related events, tenable in any UK or Irish university, or institution of higher education in the UK or Ireland, each of which will include a different francophone academic based in a francophone country alongside a member of the hosting department. The Association will also consider proposals which include professionals and practitioners working in fields relevant to the academic project. The scheme is designed to support the invitation of early- career and established scholars.
    There is one deadline per year, 1 May, for activity taking place the following academic session.
    Applicants will normally be notified of the outcome of their application within one month of the closing date.
    Purpose of grant, criteria for selection and eligible costs.
    The key objective of the Visiting Scholars’ Seminar Series grant is to encourage collaboration between UK and francophone academics in the fields of interest of the Association. The emphasis will be on collaboration and on the diffusion of skills and knowledge. Where a seminar series builds on existing collaboration, the applicants in the UK or Ireland should explain what the seminar series will achieve over and above past outcomes.

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Schools’ Liaison and Outreach Activities

This fund promotes the learning of French in its social, political, historical and cultural context in schools to prepare pupils for the diversity of content of current UK French degrees. The fund, up to £500, is also designed to assist teachers who wish to engage in personal intellectual development in subjects relating to those which they are teaching which will enrich their provision and enable them to help students bridge the gap between school and university. The fund supports members of the Association in their initiatives to promote French teaching in schools and acts as a forum for keeping members up-to-date with curriculum developments in its widest disciplinary context in all appropriate arenas.

  • Terms and Conditions

    Schools’ Liaison and Outreach Activities - Terms and Conditions

    This funding initiative is offered in the light of the commitment of the Association to:
     promote the learning of French in its social, political, historical and cultural context in schools to prepare pupils for the diversity of content of current UK French degrees
     assist teachers who wish to engage in personal intellectual development in subjects relating to those which they are teaching which will enrich their provision and enable them to help students to bridge the gap between school and university
     support members of the Association in their initiatives to promote such French teaching in schools
    The Association will consider proposals for funding for teacher or pupil-focused events which fulfil the above objectives. The event should deal with subjects pertinent to the syllabus of relevant sixth- form qualifications and examining boards. For example, the current AS/A level in England and Wales includes topics such as immigration, integration and multiculturalism; contemporary youth culture; France 1940 – 50; the Occupation and Resistance; and the context of set films. The content of the event is also expected to reflect the academic areas of concern of the Association.
    Excluded is support for events which are part of existing recruitment activities for the institution(s) concerned. The emphasis will be on collaboration and on the diffusion of skills and knowledge.
    Applications must be put forward by a member of the Association. Ideally organising teams will include partners from the secondary and higher education sectors. Within this network a Main applicant should be identified as the principal organiser with whom the Association will correspond.
    There is one round of funding applications per year with a maximum amount of £500 per successful application. The number of awards made per year will be dependent on funding available and the quality of applications. The Association reserves the right not to make an award in any given year if the quality of the applications received does not warrant such.
    The principal criteria for selection will be (i) the coherence of the theme and activities proposed for the event and their relevance for the Schools’ Liaison and Outreach aims of the Association; (ii) the plans for promoting the event and thereby the work of the ASMCF and (iii) the plans for following up on the contacts made across the secondary and higher education sectors at the event.
    Applicants should include in their application: (i) details of the event including: a rationale for its theme and activities; a description of the target audience; date, time and location of event; anticipated numbers of participants; plans for advertising and recruiting to the event (ii) details of the organising team members and their institutions; (iii) details of any professionals / practitioners to be invited; (iv) plans to follow up on the networks established by the event; (v) breakdown of the costs to be incurred.
    Successful applicants will be expected to fully promote the Association to all those attending the event and produce a full report on proceedings to include material suitable for diffusion via the web site and social media.
    There is an expectation that institutions will supplement the Association’s grant in terms of the costs involved in organising the event (for example, provision of rooms, basic administrative costs), and the level of additional support offered will be taken into consideration in the allocation of the award.
    The award has two deadlines each year: 28 February and 31 August.

  • Previous winners

    Schools’ Liaison and Outreach Activities - Previous winners

    2019:

    Dr Dan Finch-Race, University of Bristol, report.

    Dr David Lees, University of Warwick.

    Dearbhla McGrath, Challney High School for Boys in Luton.

    Dr Cristina Johnson, University of Stirling.

    2018:

    DrFiona Barclay, University of Stirling, report.

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Early Career Award

An award of £500 will be made to an Early Career Researcher to contribute towards travel costs incurred on a short trip to one or multiple French-speaking countries.

  • Terms and Conditions

    Early Career Award - Terms and Conditions

    Applicants must be members of the Association and may apply up to six years post viva.

    Early Career Researchers – applying for the award should complete the application form, outlining their research project, the aims of their research trip and the anticipated budget for the proposed trip. Submissions should be made electronically by 15 July of the year in question to the Prizes Officer, Dr Abigail Taylor.

    A subcommittee convened to adjudicate the prize will look for evidence that the trip has been well planned and that the researcher has attempted to maximize the benefits to be drawn from the time in France.

    The person to whom the prize has been awarded should provide a brief report on the trip, including details of expenses, no later than three months after return to the UK.

    The winner of the prize will be announced at the ASMCF Annual Conference.

  • Previous winners

    Early Career Award - Previous winners

    2017:
    Joanne Brueton (UCL) towards her postdoctoral project ‘The artistic arpenteur: textual and visual spaces of selfhood in twentieth century France’.

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Questions about a fund, prize or award?

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Postgraduate Essay Prize

The Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France is delighted to offer a prize for the best Postgraduate Paper given at the annual conference. The prize consists of a £100 cheque and an invitation to submit the winning paper to the Association's journal, Modern & Contemporary France.

  • Previous winners

    Postgraduate Essay Prize - Previous winners

    2017:
    Dorthea Margery Fronsman-Cecil ‘Work, Play, Competition, and Capitalist Pedagogy in Nathalie Kuperman’s Nous étions des êtres vivants’ (UCLA).

    2016:
    Emily St Denny, ‘The gradual transformation of a weak but enduring regime: Contemporary French prostitution policy in transition (1946-2015)’, (Nottingham Trent University) http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09639489.2017.1304902

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Peter Morris Memorial Postgraduate Travel Prize

In memory of the late Peter Morris, an award of £250 will be made to a postgraduate student to contribute towards travel costs incurred on a short trip to one or multiple French-speaking countries.

  • Terms and Conditions

    Peter Morris Memorial Postgraduate Travel Prize - Terms and Conditions

    Applications should be submitted in advance of the trip, which may take place at any time during the twelve months following the deadline for applications.

    A subcommittee convened to adjudicate the prize will look for evidence that the trip has been well planned and that the student has attempted to maximize the benefits to be drawn from the time in France.

    Each student shall be required to provide a letter of support from his or her supervisor. Bids to other funding bodies either pending or known should be disclosed.

    The person to whom the prize has been awarded should provide a brief report on the trip, including details of expenses, no later than three months after return to the UK.

  • Previous winners

    Peter Morris Memorial Postgraduate Travel Prize - Previous winners

    2017:
    Martin Parsons (Nottingham Trent University) Martin Parsons report

    2016:
    Adam Spencer (University of Hull) Adam Spencer report

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Brian Darling Memorial Prize

The Brian Darling Memorial Prize was established in memory of the late Brian Darling, the founding Secretary of the Association. The prize, to the value of £250, is awarded for an undergraduate essay or dissertation of distinction, which explores any theme/s relevant to the Association's remit (French history, politics, culture, society, literature, thought, film since 1789, as well as the relations between France and other countries, including those in the French-speaking world). The work may be written in either French or English and should not normally exceed five thousand words.

  • Terms and Conditions

    Brian Darling Memorial Prize - Terms and Conditions

    Essays must explore one or more themes relevant to the Association’s remit (French history, politics, culture, society, literature, thought, film since 1789, as well as the relations between France and other countries, including those in the French-speaking world). The work may be written in either French or English and should not normally exceed five thousand words.
    Essays or dissertations must be accompanied together with a current email address provided by the student and a supporting statement from a member of the Association at a UK or other university. Submissions should be made electronically by 15 July of the year in question using the Application Form available on the ASMCF website.
    A three-person sub-committee of the Executive will be invited to serve by the Secretary to consider the submissions and determine the award of the prize. Prize-winners shall be notified directly and their names announced on the website and at the Association’s AGM.

  • Previous winners

    Brian Darling Memorial Prize - Previous winners

    2017:
    Eilidh Ross, ‘”Et toute cette humanité de cauchemar vient se heurter et s’écraser contre la herse que nous avons laissé tomber dès le 28 janvier sur les seuils de notre frontière. Et derrière cette herse, il y a des fusils et des mitrailleuses, qui sont les attributs de notre force et les moyens légitimes de notre sauvegarde […] Mais, devant les mitrailleuses, entre elles et l’imploration de ces faces de peur et de détresse, il y a le visage calme, doux et grave de la France, de la France de saint Vincent-de-Paul et des Droits de l’homme, qui est la même depuis toujours, à travers les âges comme à travers le monde.” Discuss the validity of this statement, made by Albert Sarraut in March 1939, with reference to the Spanish exodus.’

    2016:
    Liam Innis, University of Newcastle, “Discuss how Flora Tristan blazed a trail among utopian socialists in her treatment of ‘the woman question'”

    2015:
    Julia Dobson, University of Warwick, ‘Analyse and evaluate the success of the GIP’s resistance to techniques of coercive governance both at home and abroad’ and Danielle Hayter, University of Portsmouth, ‘How and why has the contribution of African soldiers to the French war effort during the Second World War been remembered in France and Senegal since the mid-1990s?’

    2014:
    Han Jie Chow, University of Bangor, ‘Langue et identité culturelle à la Martinique’

    2013:
    H. Silver, University of Birmingham.

    2011:
    Charley Jarrett, University of Sussex, for ‘L’exception electorale française’.

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Douglas Johnson Memorial Essay Prize

The Douglas Johnson Memorial Essay Prize was established in memory of the late Douglas Johnson, the first Honorary President of the Association. which explores any theme/s relevant to the Association's remit (French history, politics, culture, society, literature, thought, film since 1789, as well as the relations between France and other countries, including those in the French-speaking world). The work may be written in either French or English and should be over five thousand words, but not exceed ten thousand words.

  • Terms and Conditions

    Douglas Johnson Memorial Essay Prize - Terms and Conditions

    Essays must explore one or more themes relevant to the Association’s remit (French history, politics, culture, society, literature, thought, film since 1789, as well as the relations between France and other countries, including those in the French-speaking world). The work may be written in either French or English and should be over five thousand words, but not exceed ten thousand words.
    Essays or dissertations must be accompanied together with a current email address provided by the student and a supporting statement from a member of the Association at a UK or other university. Submissions should be made electronically by 15 July of the year in question using the Application Form available on the ASMCF website.
    A three-person sub-committee of the Executive will be invited to serve by the Secretary to consider the submissions and determine the award of the prize. Prize-winners shall be notified directly and their names announced on the website and at the Association’s AGM.

  • Previous winners

    Douglas Johnson Memorial Essay Prize - Previous winners

    2017
    Prize-winner 2017: Fraser McRobert, University of Glasgow, ‘The Former Concentration Camp of Natzweiler-Struth of as a Place of Memory’.

    2015
    Prize-winner 2015: Liam Jones, University of Portsmouth, ‘Mitterrand, Kohl and the quest for EMU: an awkward inheritance or a visionary endeavour? An analysis of the motives behind increased Franco-German economic integration in Europe from 1982-1995 and its consequences’.

    2014
    Prize-winner 2014: Sally Jensen, University of Southampton ‘Fighting in France: the struggles of identity adaptation and liminality for Chinese students in Paris’.

    2013
    Prize-winner 2013: Christopher Leffler, University of Sheffield.

    2011
    The 2011 Douglas Johnson Prize was awarded to Philippe Le Goff, University of Warwick, for his essay ‘May 1968: socio-economic modernism and the new spirit of capitalism’.

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