BAVS is committed to supporting the activities of members, including conferences, events and individual research projects, as part of the regular, ongoing funding schemes outlined below.

From 2020-2021, BAVS awarded nearly £9,000 worth of hardship bursaries to support members of the association who were struggling financially due to the effects of the Covid pandemic.

Events funding

Amount: up to £800
Purpose:to support the costs of an academic conference or event relating to Victorian studies. The Association and its Executive remain committed to the development of postgraduate students, and it is anticipated that two postgraduate-organised/led events will be funded each academic year.

Deadlines: 5pm on 30 November and 5pm on 31 May

Download the events funding application form here


If you have received BAVS funding for an event, please use the BAVS logo on your conference literature and publicity materials – available to download here.

Research funding

Amount: up to £500
Purpose:to support the costs of individual research for postgraduates and early career researchers.

Deadlines: 5pm on 30 November and 5pm on 31 May

Download the research funding application form here 

Full details of each scheme, including eligible costs and activities, can be found on the application forms. Please note that applicants to either scheme need to be BAVS members at the time of applying, and that grants are not intended to support individual conference attendance. Information on how to join BAVS is available here. Applicants can expect to hear the outcome of their application within five weeks of submission. For examples of past BAVS-funded events please see here. For examples, of researchers who have received funding for their projects, see here.

Public Engagement funding

Amount: up to £300
Purpose: to support the costs of public engagement activities by members at all levels.
Deadlines: 5pm on 30 November and 5pm on 31 May.

Please direct all enquiries and application forms to the Funding Officer, Dr Amelia Yeates,

Download the public engagement funding application form here.

The Sally Ledger Memorial Travel Bursary

Amount: £500
Purpose: a bursary to support a UK postgraduate to travel to the NAVSA annual meeting

The Sally Ledger Memorial Travel Bursary is named in honour of the distinguished Victorianist and supporter of BAVS, Professor Sally Ledger, who died in 2009. In recognition of Sally’s commitment and dedication to her postgraduate students, the BAVS Executive decided to establish a fund in her honour.

The bursary is for £500 and supports a UK postgraduate to travel to the NAVSA annual meeting. It is part of our ongoing commitment to postgraduates, in helping to provide professional experience and training for the next generation of Victorianists. The award is only made to a student whose application to NAVSA’s conference committee has been deemed successful in the competitive process to deliver a paper at the NAVSA event on the grounds of highest academic quality and relevance to the conference theme.

Application Procedure

There is no separate application procedure for members wishing to be considered for the Sally Ledger Memorial Bursary. When accepting proposals from British postgraduate BAVS members, NAVSA will ask whether speakers wish to be considered for the Bursary. The NAVSA committee will then select a recipient for the Bursary, based on the best quality paper proposal. BAVS will inform the recipient of the award, which will be awarded formally at the NAVSA conference. The recipient will receive the bursary after the conference.

A list of previous Sally Ledger bursary recipients, and their research papers, can be found here.