Youth Centre Bursaries for the Wordsworth Summer Conference, August  2022


Bursaries of £400, funded by the Foundation and by benefactors are intended to enable young scholars, principally at postgraduate and early post-doctoral level, to enjoy ten active and stimulating days in the unique environment of Rydal and Grasmere with accommodation  in the Rydal Hall Youth Centre.


Richard Wordsworth Bursaries £400 (Five)

For postgraduate or postdoctoral applicants working in English or Anglo-American Romanticism.


Ena Wordsworth Bursaries £400 (Five)

For students working on Wordsworth or in the field of English Romanticism.


The Jonathan Wordsworth Bursary £400 and the William Knight Bursary £400 for postgraduate students working on William Wordsworth or in the Field of English Romanticism.


In 2022, by courtesy and generosity of the John Thelwall Society, we offer one John Thelwall bursary, for a Postgraduate or an early career academic to give a paper on any of the Romantic era writers on a topic consistent with the mission of the John Thelwall Society. This might include political engagement,  especially in terms of international solidarity and support in the face of aggression/oppression and the struggle for liberty, peace, social justice, and human rights. A bursary of  £400 is offered to be used at the 2022 Wordsworth Summer Conference. If you wish to apply specifically for the John Thelwall bursary, please indicate this on your bursary application.



General Conditions


Bursaries are intended to help students meet  the cost of attending the Wordsworth Summer Conference. Holders of bursaries will be so designated on the list of participants or the conference programme. The bursary will be applied in the first instance to conference fees, and the balance to accommodation in the Rydal Hall Youth Centre, with all meals taken at Rydal Hall. Bursars are expected to attend all lectures, papers and conference events, to attend for the full ten days, and to use Youth Centre Accommodation. Acceptance of a bursary implies an undertaking to observe these conditions.


Applications should be emailed in the form of a word attachment containing a paper proposal of 300 words, together with a short unformatted c.v. in the same file, the entire application being not more than two sides of A4 (the file will be copied and pasted into a composite file, so please avoid elaborate formatting). Papers should be no longer than 2750 words (rapid delivery invariably impedes communication). Applicants should arrange for one  academic reference to be sent independently to the same email address, verifying the applicant's status and country of residence. Candidates need not apply for particular bursaries: they will be considered for any bursary for which they are eligible.


Accommodation information for all Bursary Applicants


Accommodation for all bursary awardees will be in the Youth Centre bunkhouse  situated to the rear of Rydal  Hall. 

This sleeps up to 29 people split across 4 dormitory-style rooms on the first floor: one 10 bed, one nine 9 bed, one 6 bed and one 4 bed room. For the conference these will be divided into two 5-bed rooms and two 2-bed rooms. 

The two smaller dorms are en-suite. The two larger dorms can use the toilets and showers on the ground floor, where there is also a drying room. 

There is a spacious common room on the first floor with sofas, a ping-pong table and a wood burner. There is also a  kitchen, with  fridge, cooker, microwave, crockery and cutlery. During the Summer Conference all of your meals will be provided in Rydal Hall dining room.

Bed linen will be provided.


Please be aware that all bursary accommodation will be  in the Youth Centre and that it is not possible to  alter your accommodation after you arrive at Rydal Hall.  Your bursary application should confirm that you understand this. If for any reason you think that the Youth Centre accommodation would be unsuitable, you should indicate this on your application.


Please note that we may award a bursary without having space to include the proposed paper on the conference programme: such papers may, however, be 'taken as read', that is, made available in print form at the conference, if the proposer so chooses.


Applications and references must reach by 15 May 2022.


Decisions on bursaries will be announced at the earliest possible  date thereafter.

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