Postgrads and Early-Career Researchers in the Association of Hispanists

Representing the Graduate Community

The AHGBI is strongly committed to enhancing the participation of postgraduate students and early-career researchers in the life of the Association, and to engaging with the graduate community. One of the Association’s key roles is to represent Hispanism in national debates about postgraduate study and funding. All Masters and doctoral students can join the AHGBI as associate members for just £15 per year. This entitles you to attend and speak at the annual conference. The AHGBI’s national committee has an officer who is responsible for postgraduate matters. At present, the Postgraduate Officer is Dr Sophie Stevens.

If you wish to raise any matters with the committee about postgraduate issues, or to apply for one of the awards below, please contact Sophie at:



Postgraduate Students, Early-Career Researchers and the Annual Conference

The AHGBI encourages postgraduate students and early-career researchers to participate alongside established academics as colleagues in the Association, and particularly in its annual conference. You are welcome to participate in panels organised by academics, to propose panels individually, or jointly with academics.  If you wish, you may propose panels that focus on postgraduate work in progress. You can find details of our annual conference here. To this end, the AHGBI provides grants for postgraduates giving papers at its conference. There is an annual competition for these grants: applications are made through the conference proposal submission process.

How to apply for support for the AHGBI conference

Postgraduates can apply for one of the 8 awards of £250 for participation in the AHGBI 2018 conference at Leeds University. The deadline has now passed (i.e., the same deadline as the Call for Papers). In order to apply for one of these awards, you should:

(1) Complete the online conference proposal submission form.

(2) Send a copy of the same title and abstract by email to the PG Secretary via the address at the top of this page. In the subject heading of the email, you should write ‘AHGBI conference support’.

Please note that we are unable to consider allocating awards to those who have received them in previous years, and that you should be registered as a postgraduate student for the session 2017-18 in order to apply for one.


Annual AHGBI Research Travel Award for Graduate Students

The AHGBI offers an annual research travel award of £500 for graduate students. The award is open to all graduate students (masters and doctoral) in the UK and Ireland who have joined the AHGBI, and who do not have a grant that includes maintenance payments as well as fees. The award will be given to support a research trip to advance scholarly research in the languages and cultures of the Iberian peninsula and/or those cultures associated with them throughout the world. The research trip must lead directly to a publication. The next deadline is 31 January 2018, and must be for a research trip which takes place between 1 October 2017 and 30 September 2018.

Send the application form by email to the PG Secretary via the address at the top of this page.

Download 2017-18 application form: researchtravel-grant-application

Annual Publication Prize for a Doctoral Thesis

In association with the Office for Cultural and Scientific Affairs of the Embassy of Spain in London, Tamesis Books and Legenda, the AHGBI has established a publication prize to be awarded to the two most distinguished doctoral theses in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies each year. Application deadline for 2017-18 (for theses approved between 1 October 2016 and 31 October 2017): 31 January 2018

Download the Publication Prize application form (to be completed and submitted by the examiners)


Winners of the AHGBI /Spanish Embassy Publication Prize for a Doctoral Thesis 2017-2018:

Dr Natasha Tanna (University of Cambridge): ‘Queer Genealogies in Transnational Barcelona: Maria-Mercè Marçal, Cristina Peri Rossi, and Flavia Company’. (Legenda)

Dr Imogen Choi (University of Cambridge): ‘Conflict Ethics and Political Thought in Early Peruvian Epic’ (Tamesis)


2017-18 runner-up prize winners:

Dr Elisabeth Bolorinos Allard (Oxford University): ‘My Enemy or My Brother? Spanish Representations of Muslim and Jewish Culture during the Colonial Campaigns in Morocco, 1909-1927’. (Tamesis)

Dr Luis Castellví Laukamp (University of Cambridge): ‘Hispanic Baroque Ekphrasis: Gongora, Camargo, Sor Juana (Legenda)

2016-17 Prizewinners:

Dr Carla Almanza (University of Sheffield): ‘Utopian narrative in 18th-century Spain: Generic Frameworks and Social Reformism’ (Legenda).

Dr Nicola Astudillo Jones (University of Manchester): ‘Consuming Latin America: The ¡Viva! Film Festival and Imagined Cosmopolitan Communities’ (Tamesis).

2016-17 Runners-up:

Dr Rocío Rødtjer (King’s College London): ‘Whose Ancestral Line Is It Anyway? Women, Legitimacy and the Nineteenth-Century Genealogical Imagination’ (Legenda).

Dr Mirna Vohnsen (University College Dublin): ‘Rethinking Argentinidad: Portrayals of Jews in Contemporary Argentine Cinema’ (Tamesis).

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AHGBI/Embassy Postgraduate Conference Grants

In association with the Office for Cultural and Scientific Affairs of the Embassy of Spain in London, the AHGBI offers financial support of up to £500 to postgraduate students in Hispanic Studies attending a conference that has direct relevance to their subject of study. This scheme does not apply to the AHGBI’s own annual conference (see the paragraph above for information about support for postgrads attending the AHGBI conference).  The award is open to students wishing to speak at any conference (other than AHGBI) between 1 October 2017 and 31 July 2018. You may apply for the award for future conferences in advance of receiving official acceptance from the organisers. Please complete the application form and return  by 13 January 2018 to the PG Secretary via the address at the top of this page.

AHGBI/Embassy conference grant application form: embassy-conf-grant-application  (Word document)

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AHGBI/WISPS Dorothy Sherman Severin Early-Career Research Fellowship in Luso-Hispanic Studies

The Fellowship is aimed at early-career researchers in Luso-Hispanic Studies (broadly understood) in the UK and Ireland. Applicants should have completed a PhD in Luso-Hispanic Studies during the last three years. The Fellowship provides funds of up to £1250 and access to an academic mentor. The Fellow is expected to offer at least one conference paper based on research undertaken for the Fellowship at the annual conference of either AHGBI or WISPS. Reasonable costs for attending the conference will be met. In order to able be to attend either the AHGBI or the WISPS conference, the Fellow will normally offer the conference paper either during the academic year of the Fellowship, or during the following academic year.

Application deadline for 2018-19 TBC.

Download further information for 2017-18 NOW CLOSED (PDF document): DSS-further-partics-2017

Download application form for 2017-18 NOW CLOSED (Word document)

Useful link for postgrads

PORT for Modern Languages (Postgraduate Online Research Training, Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London): online research training and resources of particular use to Masters and PhD students, and to those running postgraduate training programmes

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