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: sophie.stevens@kcl.ac.uk


Please note: You must be a member of the AHGBI in order to apply for these awards. The Membership Secretary will accept applications at any time. However, please note that you should aim to submit your application form at the start of the academic year to ensure that you are eligible to apply for awards in that academic year. In all cases, you should submit your membership application first, before applying for any awards. You can still apply for awards whilst your membership is being processed, and until you have received formal confirmation of your membership being approved. In these circumstances, your application will be considered, but you will be unable to receive any actual award until your membership is approved.


Postgraduate Students, Early-Career Researchers and the Annual Conference

Funding is available to support PGR and ECR participation in the conference and the details of these awards (given the new format of the conference) will be updated soon.

The AHGBI encourages Postgraduate students and Early Career Researchers to participate as colleagues in the Association, and particularly in its annual conference. You are welcome to submit an abstract to participate in a panel organised by the Association and our aim is to create diverse panels throughout the conference. You can also propose a panel either individually or jointly with your colleagues. The Association welcomes panels that focus on postgraduate work in progress.

You can find details of our annual conference here.

To support Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher participation, the AHGBI has two types of conference awards for PG and ECR members giving papers at the annual conference.

Please note that you can only apply for one type of conference award. If you meet the criteria of the ECR Award then you should apply for that one.

Applicants who have previously received either of these conference awards may reapply but, in the selection process, priority will be given to those who have not previously received these awards.

The deadline to apply for the conference awards is Monday 16th November 2020.

For both awards, all applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application for a conference award after their participation in the conference has been confirmed.


New in 2019-20!

AHGBI Conference Support for ECRs in temporary / pro-rata contracts

We are delighted to announce that from 2019-20, the Committee will sponsor up to four awards to the value of £250 each plus dinner for ECRs.

Criteria

ECRs must be members of the Association and be within 5 years of successful completion of their viva. ECRs must be employed on a temporary or pro-rata contract at the time of submitting their application.

How to apply

(1) Carefully read the Call for Papers and Panels on the Conference webpage.

(2) Complete the online conference proposal submission form.

(3) Send a copy of the same title and abstract by email to the PG Officer at the address at the top of this page. Please also include the following information in the email:

– your current role

– your academic institution

– the date of your viva

– state whether you have previously received a conference award.

In the subject heading of the email, you should write ‘AHGBI conference support’.


AHGBI Conference Support for Postgraduate Students

The Committee continues to sponsor up to eight awards of £250 plus dinner for postgraduates to participate in the Annual Conference.

Criteria

Postgraduates must be members of the Association undertaking postgraduate study at an institution in Great Britain or Ireland. Postgraduates are eligible to apply for the Postgraduate Conference Award at any time during their studies and for a period of up to 12 months after the date of their viva. If you take up a post within 12 months of completing your viva, you may be eligible for the ECR Conference Award instead – please see the criteria above.

How to apply

(1) Carefully read the Call for Papers and Panels on the Conference webpage.

(2) Complete the online conference proposal submission form.

(3) Send a copy of the same title and abstract by email to the PG Officer at the address at the top of this page. Please also include the following information in the email:

– your year of study

– your academic institution

– the name of your primary supervisor

– state whether you have previously received a conference award.

In the subject heading of the email, you should write ‘AHGBI conference support’.


AHGBI Research Travel Award for Graduate Students (masters and doctoral)

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 related to the applicant’s current programme of study and should advance scholarly research in the languages and cultures of the Iberian peninsula and/or those cultures associated with them throughout the world. We envisage that this research trip may also lead to other outcomes and publications and the Association asks that recipients share details of any other outputs with us and acknowledge the support given through this award. The Association encourages recipients of this award to share their findings in a conference paper at one of our annual conferences in the future.

The application must be for a research trip which takes place between 28th January and 31st December 2020.

Send the application form by email to the PG Officer via the address at the top of this page. Application deadline for 2019-20: 5pm, 27 January 2020. Extended deadline: 5pm, 12th February 2020

Download 2019-2020 application form (Word)


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. Click here for more details and a nomination form.

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AHGBI Conference Award for Graduate Students (masters and doctoral)

The AHGBI offers a conference award of up to £500 for graduate students (masters and doctoral) in the UK and Ireland. Applicants must have joined the AHGBI and apply for support to attend a conference that has direct relevance to their subject of study. This scheme does not apply to the AHGBI’s own annual conference (see above for information about support for postgrads and ECRs attending the AHGBI conference).

You may apply for the award for future conferences in advance of receiving official acceptance from the organisers. PhD students may apply for the award to attend a conference taking place up to 12 months after the date of their viva.

The award is open to students wishing to speak at any conference (other than AHGBI) between 28th January and 31st December 2020.

Send the application form by email to the PG Officer via the address at the top of this page. Deadline for 2019-20: 5pm, 27 January 2020. Extended deadline: 5pm, 12th February 2020

Download 2019-2020 application form (Word)


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 2019-20: Thursday 15 August 2019.

Click here for more information and an application form || Contact: Arantza Mayo (Arantza.Mayo@rhul.ac.uk)


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