Please note the deadline for this Call has now passed.


***Call for ECR Participants***


Are you a UK-based Early Career Researcher (ECR) working in the field of Literary Studies, and looking to enhance your public engagement skills and profile?

If so, you are invited to submit an application to participate in this project, which is funded by a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award.

Deadline: 4pm, 30 September 2017

There are 10 places available on the project for UK ECRs working in the field of Literary Studies. If selected, you will become a founding member of a new network of Literary Studies ECRs interested in progressing the discipline’s public engagement. You will also participate in the following activities at the University of Huddersfield in January and February 2018:

  • Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th January 2018: two-day intensive training workshop:

Day 1 involves a series of talks, debates, and Q&As, led by scholars who have been successful in taking Literary Studies to the public. Themes and issues to be covered include broadcasting, wellbeing, schools and the curriculum, as well as broader discussions about engaging the public. Confirmed speakers include Dr Sarah Dillon (Cambridge), Professor Richard Marggraf Turley (Aberystwyth), Dr Josie Billington (Liverpool), and Dr Catherine Redford (Oxford). There will also be an interactive training session provided by the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE).

On Day 2, each ECR will pitch their own idea for a public engagement project to the other participants and panel of experts, who will provide tailored feedback.

  • Saturday 10th February 2018: one-day collaborative planning session:

With the benefit of January’s two-day workshop, the network of ECRs will re-assemble in order to plan a collaborative public engagement event. Part of this session will involve identifying and applying for funding for the event. 

If you are interested in participating in this project, please read the following important information about funding, eligibility, and how to apply.


Bursaries of up to £450 will be made available for each participant. Funding has been generously provided by the British Academy. Please note that this amount is to cover travel and accommodation for both events in January and February; we are unable to fund expenses in excess of £450. Lunch and refreshments will be provided on each of the three days. Expenses will be reimbursed following the February event.


For the purposes of this project, ‘Early Career Researcher’ includes the following: current PhD students enrolled at a UK university; postdoctoral researchers, fellows, and junior lecturers, employed by a UK university, and within 10 years of the award of their PhD (at the point of the February 2018 workshop); recent PhD graduates from a UK university actively seeking employment in the field. Your work must primarily fall within the field of Literary Studies.

By submitting an application, you are committing to attend both events on the dates specified above. If you cannot attend one or both of the events, please do not submit an application.

How to Apply:

Please email the following in a single document to by 4pm on Saturday 30 September 2017:

  • A brief CV (max. 2 pages);
  • A short statement outlining any involvement in public engagement activities to date (max. 150 words);
  • A short statement outlining the potential benefits of participating in this project (max. 150 words).

With only 10 places available, competition is anticipated. Please note that selection will be made on the basis of maximum potential: applicants with an emerging record of public engagement will be favoured over those with no experience and those with advanced experience. Decisions will be made in the autumn, and all applicants notified.