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The official publication of the North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS), the Journal of British Studies, has positioned itself as the critical resource for scholars of British culture from the Middle Ages through the present. Drawing on both established and emerging approaches, JBS presents scholarly articles and books reviews from renowned international authors who share their ideas on British society, politics, law, economics, and the arts. In 2005 (Vol. 44), the journal merged with the NACBS publication Albion, creating one journal for NACBS membership.


* DEADLINE: June 1, 2021* 

The NACBS DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIP is awarded to support dissertation research in the British Isles on any topic of British (including Scottish, Irish and Imperial) history or British Studies. The Fellowship consists of a $10,000 stipend. Two runners-up will receive a $5,000 travel grant. Each advisor may nominate one candidate enrolled in a Ph.D. program in a U.S. or Canadian institution. At the time of application, the nominee must have completed all degree requirements save the dissertation.  

  • The nomination must be made by the student's dissertation advisor, supported by one additional letter of recommendation. The nominating advisor and the nominee must both be members of the NACBS. It is not necessary for the additional referee to be an NACBS member.
  • The candidate must need to travel to the British Isles for the purpose of dissertation research. The fellowship awardee must conduct full-time research in the British Isles for an extended stay of at least a three-month duration. Travel grant awardees may conduct shorter research trips.
  • These fellowships may be held concurrently with other awards.
  • Winners must utilize these fellowships by August 31, 2022 and must also submit, by this date, a financial report on the use of the funds.

 Procedures for Application: 

  1. The application consists of the two letters of nomination and recommendation described above; a one-page curriculum vitae of the candidate; and a 1000-word research proposal written by the candidate, which should explain the importance of the topic to the field of British history and include a description of the relevant primary materials that are to be consulted in the British Isles.  Appended to the CV should be a list of the financial support (source, type and amount) received by the applicant since the beginning of graduate study, and an indication of any current pending applications for financial aid to support dissertation research.
  2. Letters of reference should address themselves not only to the student's past record, but also to the importance of the topic and the need to pursue research in the British Isles. The major advisor, in endorsing the candidate, is also confirming the ABD status of the candidate and the financial information requested above.
  3. Send an electronic copy (via e-mail) of the application package (as a single document—either WORD or PDF) to each member of the Dissertation Awards Committee listed below. Letters of reference should be sent to the committee members separately by the refereesElectronic copies should be sent by 11:59 p.m. on June 1, 2021.  The application file should be named (APPLICANT’S LAST NAME_Application) and letters of recommendation files should be named (APPLICANT’S LAST NAME_Letter). The details for each committee member, including a current email address, are included below: 
Dana Rabin
Department of History
University of Illinois
[email protected]
Chris Bischof
Department of History
University of Richmond
[email protected]
Mar Hicks
Department of Humanities
Illinois Institute of Technology
[email protected]


NACBS Dissertation Fellowship 2020

Julie Johnson (University of California-Santa Barbara), “Commodifying Contraception: A Political Economy of Sex in Interwar Britain”

Johnson’s dissertation examines the “social life” of the cervical cap in the context of the rise of eugenics, evolving conceptions of national identity, and the reformulation of ideas about the family amid the social and cultural upheavals of interwar Britain.  In so doing, it brings together the histories of production and consumption, sexual freedom and regulation, political economy and medicine, inequality and social mobility. 

NACBS Dissertation Travel Grants 2020

Lynton Lees (Columbia University), “Democracy’s children: education, citizenship, and the totalitarian challenge to Britain and its empire, 1931-1951.”

Lees’s dissertation explores the way that education in twentieth-century Britain and its empire was deeply shaped by a growing sense of democracy’s fragility and contingency. Her dissertation promises to show how, in this context, education for democratic citizenship became central to recasting of liberal internationalism as well as the post-war reconstruction of the social and political orders in the British world.  

Rachael Young (Boston College), "'Art and argument go hand in hand:' Street art as activism in the United Kingdom, 1980-1989"

Examining the murals and street art produced in Northern Ireland and England during the 1980s, Rachael Young's dissertation argues that these resources of community activism empowered communities opposed to Margaret Thatcher and her policies. Powerful means of expressing identity, community, and resistance, these works of art challenged the perceived injustices of the British government, telling the story of underrepresented groups from their point of view.