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The British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS) is committed to the support of its members’ activities such as conferences, events and individual research projects. Funding is available under two schemes, Events funding and Research Funding, as follows:

  1. Events funding: up to £800 is available to support the costs of an academic conference or event relating to Victorian studies. The Association and its Executive remain committed to the development of postgraduate students, and it is anticipated that two postgraduate-organised/led events will be funded each academic year.
  2. Research funding: up to £500 is available to support the costs of individual research for Postgraduates and Early Career Researchers.

Full details of each scheme, including eligible costs and activities, can be found on the application forms. Please note that applicants to either scheme need to be BAVS members at the time of applying, and that grants are not intended to support individual conference attendance. Information on how to join BAVS is available here.

Deadlines for the BAVS Research Funding Award and BAVS Funding Grant to Support Conferences

There are two deadlines each year: 5pm on 30 November and 5pm on 31 May. Applicants can expect to hear the outcome of their application within four weeks of submission.

Application Process

First download and complete the relevant application form for Events Funding or Research Funding.

Please submit all applications to the BAVS Funding Officer, Dr Amelia Yeates ( Direct any enquiries to the same address.

The Sally Ledger Memorial Travel Bursary

The Sally Ledger Memorial Travel Bursary is named in honour of the distinguished Victorianist and supporter of BAVS, Professor Sally Ledger, who died in 2009. In recognition of Sally’s commitment and dedication to her postgraduate students, the BAVS Executive decided to establish a fund in her honour.

The bursary is for £500 and supports a UK postgraduate to travel to the NAVSA annual meeting. It is part of our ongoing commitment to postgraduates, in helping to provide professional experience and training for the next generation of Victorianists. The award is only made to a student whose application to NAVSA’s conference committee has been deemed successful in the competitive process to deliver a paper at the NAVSA event on the grounds of highest academic quality and relevance to the conference theme.


The Executive Committee does, from time to time, receive funding support requests which fall outside the activities usually supported under the BAVS Funding Grant. Such enquiries should made to the Funding Officer in the first instance, and advice will be provided on the details required for a full consideration of a proposal and the time frame within the cycle of Executive meetings.