Prizes & Bursaries

EAC Research Seminars Postgraduate Bursary

One bursary of £250 will be awarded for the best paper proposal submitted by a postgraduate student. The funds can be used as reimbursement for travel and/or accommodation for the conference. Postgraduates writing about work by women, people of color/BAME, and/or the working class are especially encouraged to apply. Those wishing to be considered for this prize should include ‘EAC Research Seminars Postgraduate Bursary Submission’ in the email subject line when submitting a paper proposal (or send a separate email if the paper is being submitted as part of a complete panel). This award is sponsored by the University of Manchester’s EAC Research Seminars.


Lord Byron Now and Then: A Special Session sponsored by The Byron Society

Proposals are invited for a special postgraduate/early career panel on any topic(s) relating the conference themes to the life and/or writing of Lord Byron. Thanks to generous support from the Byron Society, those whose proposals are accepted for this panel will each receive a £250 bursary to help cover travel, registration, or accommodation costs. For the purpose of this panel, we are defining ‘early career’ as within five years of receiving the PhD. Please send your 300-word paper abstract, including name, affiliation, and email address, to both  and by 15 January 2019.


Lore Metzger Prize

For the best graduate student paper presented at the annual ICR conference. To be eligible you must have had your paper proposal accepted for presentation at ICR Manchester; you must be enrolled in a graduate programme; and you must not have defended your PhD dissertation or had your PhD viva take place before 1 August 2019. To apply, send a copy of your paper (absolute maximum 3,500 words, any footnotes included) to the conference email account by noon (GMT) on 9 July with ‘Lore Metzger Prize Submission’ in the subject line. The prize will be presented on the final day of the conference.


Jean-Pierre Barricelli Book Prize


The Hotspur Press building on Cambridge Street was built in 1801 as a waterside textile mill and cotton warehouse called Medlock Mill. A hundred years later, it was bought by the Percy brothers and turned into a printing press; it functioned as such continuously up until 1996. Since then, the building has been inhabited by squatters, who have occasionally been evicted by police, but it was recently acquired by developers, who have yet to decide its fate.