Amy Wygant Bursaries

The Amy Wygant Bursaries are named in memory of our late colleague and Editor of the Society’s Journal.

There are two categories of Amy Wygant Bursary:

The Research Bursaries

The Amy Wygant Research Bursary for 2020 is now open for applications. For this year the Society will award one bursary of £1,500 to an applicant who does not currently occupy a permanent academic post. This is a competitive scheme and not all applications can be approved. Examples of previous successful project bids can be found at the bottom of this page, all of which have led to substantial research outcomes. The deadline for applications is 14th April 2020.

The aim of the award is to provide financial support for the research projects of members of the Society. It is available to support primary research in any area of early modern French studies. All applicants must be existing members of the Society. All members of the Society are eligible to apply, except for the members of the Bursary Sub-Committee (consisting of the Chair, President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Society) who will determine the awards.

The Bursary is not intended to fund the purchase of material objects such as books and laptops, but to support other costs such as travel, accommodation and living expenses incurred for the purpose of a particular research project. We would also consider making a contribution towards any research publication costs.

Applications should demonstrate that the Bursary is sought to support a clearly defined, discrete piece of research which will have an identifiable outcome. It is expected that the Society’s Bursary will be acknowledged in all ensuing publications.

Applications for the Research Bursaries should include a text of not more than 500 words, setting out the details of the research project; and also a detailed breakdown of the expenses envisaged. They should include a full statement of what other financial support is available, and the name of one academic referee.

The Conference Bursaries

These awards are intended to assist with the expenses of postgraduate students who attend the Society’s annual conference. Applicants may be existing members of the Society or alternatively may be supervised by a member of the Society, in which case it is expected that they will join upon receipt of an award. Five Conference Bursaries are offered, to a value of up to £200 each.

Owing to the generosity of the Danish National Research Foundation Centre for Privacy Studies and its Director, Professor Birkedal Bruun, we shall also be able to offer this year up to 8 fee waivers of £250 each to postgraduates and early career researchers.  Early career researchers are defined as those within eight years of the award of their PhD or six years of their first academic appointment.

The application for the Danish scheme is similar to the Wygant bursaries: details of the applicant’s research and a statement of support by the applicant’s supervisor (in the case of postgraduates) or head of department or equivalent (in the case of early career researchers).

Applications for the Conference Bursaries should include details of the applicant’s research, and a statement by the supervisor in support of the application.

Please send applications for both Bursaries to the Society’s Secretary, Professor John O’Brien by email to: john.o’[email protected] .

The deadline for all applications for the current financial year is 14th April 2020. Awards will be announced in the course of the following month.

Previous Award Holders and Projects


Anton Bruder (King’s College, Cambridge)

‘The significance of Claude Fauchet’s treatment of ancient Gaulish history in his Antiquitez gauloises and françoises (Book I).’


Michael Harrigan (currently unaffiliated)

Research for his edition entitled: Life and Death in the Early Plantations: The Letters of Jean Mongin and Claude Bréban, to be published in the Modern Humanities Research Association Critical Texts series.


[2017 No applications were approved]



Michael Meere (Wesleyan University, CT)

‘Skull Cups, Ghosts, and Murder: Seventeenth-Century French Dramatic Adaptations of the Rosamond and Alboin Story.’



Niall Oddy (Durham University)

Archival research in Paris on the diplomatic correspondence of François Savary de Brèves, ambassador to Constantinople and later to Rome, and on unpublished MS travellers’ accounts.


Philippa Woodcock (Warwick University)

Archival research in Venice on the perils faced by French travellers and French maritime shipping in the Venetian Stato da Mar, 1580-1620.