Youth Centre Bursaries for the 2020 Summer Conference


Bursaries of £400, funded by benefactors and by the Foundation, 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 Grasmere and Rydal, for about half the cost of the event, accommodated 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 Bursariy £400 and the William Knight Bursary £400 for postgraduate students working on William Wordsworth or in the Field of English Romanticism 


General Conditions


Bursaries are intended to meet approximately half of the cost of the 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 not longer than 2750 words (rapid delivery invariably impedes communication) and may address any area of Romanticism.


Applicants should arrange for an 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.


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 31 May 2020.  

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