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The information pages for NACBS prizes, awards, and grants are now updated for the 2022 application season. 

  • John Ben Snow Prize – for the best book by a North American scholar in any field of British Studies dealing with the period from the Middle Ages through the eighteenth century.
  • Stansky Book Prize – for the best book published anywhere by a North American scholar on any aspect of British studies since 1800.
  • Walter D. Love Prize – for the best article or paper of similar length or scope by a North American scholar in the field of British history.
  • Judith R. Walkowitz Prize – for the best published article on issues relating to gender and sexuality in British culture.
  • NACBS Undergraduate Essay Contest – for the best essays on British topics submitted by undergraduates studying in American and Canadian universities
  • NACBS M.A. Essay Prize – for the best piece of original research produced by a student in a “stand-alone” M.A. program at a university or college in the U.S. or Canada.
  • NACBS Pre-Dissertation Grants – awarded to Ph.D. candidates to pursue preliminary research on potential dissertation-length studies related to any topic in British (including Scottish, Irish, and Imperial) history or British Studies.
  • NACBS Dissertation Fellowship – awarded to support dissertation research in the British Isles on any topic of British (including Scottish, Irish and Imperial) history or British Studies.
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The American Trust for the British Library (ATBL) Transatlantic Fellowship Program is pleased to again co-sponsor a series of transatlantic fellowships that connect the research collections of the British Library with the holdings of select American institutions.

The ATBL Transatlantic Fellowship Program is an integral part of the ATBL’s mission to promote and support the work of the British Library, one of the world’s greatest research libraries. The ATBL seeks to promote transatlantic understanding through related events, lectures, and discussion in the United States and within the UK, as well as providing incremental financial and in-kind gift support for the British Library’s collection, preservation, and outreach activities.

The ATBL’s Transatlantic Fellowship Program supports transatlantic research projects that make use of collections in any department in the British Library as well as those housed with a partner institution in the United States. The Program especially targets graduate students, recent PhDs, early career scholars, adjunct faculty, librarians, or curatorial staff who otherwise do not have access to departmental research funds.

Currently, the ATBL 2022-2023 Transatlantic Fellowship American partners include the Houghton Library at Harvard University, the Virginia Fox Stern Center for the History of the Book in the Renaissance at Johns Hopkins University , and the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan.

The ATBL’s 2022-2023 Transatlantic Fellowships provide awardees with $5,000 USD to support at least four weeks of research between both the British Library and the American partner organization, with at least one week of research time at each institution. Successful applicants, hailing from any academic discipline, will propose research projects that make equal use of primary source material found in any collection of the British Library as well as in the American partner institution.

In addition to the $5,000 USD award, the Fellow will become Library Fellow supporters of the ATBL for the calendar year following completion of the Fellowship Program. Fellows will also have the opportunity to present on their research completed on a designated ATBL panel at the Modern Language Association’s (MLA’s) annual conference and at the ATBL’s Annual General Meeting. Recipients of the ATBL and Virginia Fox Stern Center Transatlantic Fellowship will also have the opportunity to present their research as part of the Virginia Fox Stern Center for the History of the Book in the Renaissance’s sponsored panel at the Renaissance Society of America (RSA) annual conference.

For eligibility requirements, application deadlines, and application instructions specific to each ATBL Transatlantic Fellowship, please see our website for more information. For additional questions, please email [email protected].

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