BAIS Postgraduate Bursary Scheme

Our Postgraduate Bursary Award Scheme has become the major scheme of its kind in the UK. Each year, we make significant funds available to students researching Irish-related topics at British universities. We aim to support research that uncovers new or neglected areas in the field.

As an applicant, you are encouraged to produce a specific and targeted funding request, detailing how the award will support your research. Your applications will be assessed by a panel of important international academics, ensuring that this is a valuable award in more ways than one. We are keen to recognise the diversity of work taking place on Irish culture and society when coming to our final decision. In any one year we usually give bursaries to between three and six winners (sums are usually between £300–£1000). The bursaries are presented to successful candidates by the Irish Ambassador to Great Britain, at our Awards Ceremony held at the Irish Embassy in London.

The scheme has given rise to important research which has been published internationally. A number of the students it has helped in the past are now lecturing in the field of Irish Studies at universities in Britain and Ireland.

Students may apply to use the bursary for travel expenses, payment of fees, subsistence or other expenses related to the completion of their research projects. Applicants must be members of the British Association for Irish Studies (or should join when they apply). Applicants will be required to submit a completed Application Form together with two completed forms from referees, who should send these direct to the Chair of the Bursaries Committee. The decision of the BAIS Postgraduate Bursaries Committee will be final.

The deadline for submission of applications is 17 March 2015, and the awards will be announced in April 2014.

Application forms are available to download on the right-hand side of this page.

For more information, please contact the Chair of the Bursaries Committee: Dr Catriona Kennedy, Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies, King’s Manor, University of York, YO17EP or e-mail:


The winners of the 2014 competition were:

Sophie Cooper (University of Edinburgh) ‘Nationalism in the Irish Diaspora: Melbourne and Chicago, 1850-1890’

Niamh Gallagher (University of Cambridge)‘A war to unite us all? Nationhood, identity and beyond sectarianism in Ireland’s war effort, 1914-18’

Peter Hession (University of Cambridge)

‘Elites, Authority and Order in Cork, 1882-1914’

Mike Mecham  (St Mary’s University College)

‘William Walker and the Influence of the Belfast labour movement in the development of the British and Irish Labour Parties’

Maeve O’Dwyer (University of Edinburgh)

‘The Irish Abroad and the Emergence of the Grand Tour Portrait 1740s-1760s’

Margaret Scull (King’s College London) ‘The Catholic Church and the Northern Irish Troubles, 1968-1998’ 


Postgraduate Essay Prize 2015


The British Association for Irish Studies, in association with Irish Studies Review and Cambridge University Press, is pleased to announce the BAIS Postgraduate Essay Prize.


Entries are invited for an essay on any aspect of Irish Studies


The winning entry will be published in Irish Studies Review and the winning author will receive £500 of Cambridge University Press books of their choice.


Entrants should be student members of BAIS who are registered for Masters or Doctoral programmes in Great Britain. Essays should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words in length and be presented in accordance with the Instructions for Authors of Irish Studies Review. All essays must be submitted electronically by 17 March 2015. The Prize will be judged by a multi-disciplinary panel. The winner will be announced in May 2015.


Please submit entries to: Dr Derval Tubridy



Irish Studies Review:

Cambridge University Press: