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The Estella Canziani Post-Graduate Bursary for Research

The Folklore Society each year invites applications for a bursary, the ‘Estella Canziani Post-Graduate Bursary for Research’. The bursary is competitive and worth up to £1,500.

Scope of the Bursary

The Bursary is intended to support the research aspects of an applicant’s programme of study. Funding will not be provided for tuition fees or any fees related to registration and matriculation on a programme of study. The scope of an applicant’s research may be on any aspect of folklore studies broadly defined, and may be conducted at any university or higher educational institution in the United Kingdom. The Bursary may be used for assistance in the conduct of research such as:

  • the purchase of materials and equipment relevant to the applicant’s research,
  • costs of transport to a place of field research whether the location is inside or outside the United Kingdom, or
  • maintenance while conducting research in the field.

Other needs may be considered at the discretion of the society’s Post-Graduate Bursary committee. Requests for assistance in attending a conference at which the applicant will present a paper on his or her research may also be considered. The value of the Bursary will vary according to the needs of the applicant’s research project, but should not exceed £1,500. The Bursary is for a period of one year or less.


  • Applicants for the Bursary must be currently registered on a full- or part-time programme of research leading to a PhD. MPhil, MA or an equivalent degree or level 7 or 8 qualification with a research component.
  • Application for a Bursary may be made for any year in the student’s research career.
  • An applicant is permitted to make only one application in a calendar year. A candidate may make further requests for assistance in a programme of research for a period of two further consecutive years following the first grant of a research Bursary.

Upon completion of the degree programme, the recipient shall deposit with the Society a copy of his or her thesis in digital format. Any subsequent publication which is based upon the research conducted with the assistance of the Estella Canziani Bursary from The Folklore Society should include an acknowledgement of this assistance.

The recipient may be offered the chance to publish a piece about their research in the newsletter of The Folklore Society and/or on our website.

Instructions for Application

Download the forms or contact us to request them. In addition to the completed application form, a candidate’s application should include the following material:

  • a one-thousand word statement describing the research project and how the bursary would assist the conduct of that research. The statement should state both precisely how much money is requested, and precisely how the bursary would be used.
  • a brief c.v. which should include information about the applicant’s education, and
  • two testimonial letters written by academics who are familiar with your work.

Completed applications must be sent by email, with scans of signed pages, to thefolkloresociety @gmail.com after 1 October and not later than the first Friday in December for the following year’s award.

Applicants will be notified by the end of January about the decision of the Society.