Bursaries & Prizes2019-02-07T10:39:06+00:00

Prizes, Grants, and Bursaries

SIS Prize and Rooke Prize

SIS Prize and British Italian Society Prize

The SIS runs two Prize Competitions – in alternate years – for work in Italian Studies at British and Irish Universities:

·                  The SIS Postgraduate Prize (in even years, e.g. 2018, 2020, etc.)

·                  The British Italian Society Prize for Undergraduate and Postgraduate work (in odd years, e.g. 2019, 2021, etc.)

Postgraduate entrants can apply only once in the course of their degree and with one piece of work.

Entries must be sent by the supervisor to Dr Marina Spunta (SIS Prize Coordinator) at m.spunta@le.ac.uk 

SIS Postgraduate Prize

SIS Postgraduate Prize 

The SIS Postgraduate Prize aims to raise the profile of Italian Studies at British and Irish Universities and to reward the excellent research being carried out in the discipline. The competition is open to postgraduates (MA, MRes, MPhil, PhD) in Italian Studies who submitted their dissertation/thesis the calendar year before, and  passed the viva (even if with corrections) by the time of the application.

 Two prizes are available: 1 prize of £100 for taught MAs dissertations and 1 prize of £200 for MRes/MPhil/PhD theses.

To be entered for the prize, candidates should submit their work to their supervisor:

i. Taught MA candidates should submit their dissertation as a pdf file, with word count, up to 15,000 words in length.

ii. MRes/MPhil/PhD candidates should submit two pdf files. One will contain the title of the thesis, list of content, a short abstract (max. two A4 pages) detailing the context and methodology of the thesis, and the bibliography. The other file will present a piece of work (typically a chapter) of no more than 15,000 words in length, with word count.

In both cases, the submitted piece/s of work must be completed (not in draft form), unpublished, and not be under consideration for publication. The subject matter will be confined to the humanities and social sciences relating to Italy, from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Work may be submitted in English or Italian. Submissions are made by the supervisor, and not directly by the author, and must be accompanied by a covering email confirming the degree for which the author was registered and when they completed it. We cannot accept entries without the covering email, nor resubmissions. The judging panel will be made up of members of the SIS Executive Committee.

The deadline for submissions to the next SIS Postgraduate Prize will be 1 April 2020 for work submitted in 2019.

Entries must be sent by the supervisor to Dr Marina Spunta (SIS Prize Coordinator) at m.spunta@le.ac.uk

PREVIOUS WINNERS of the SIS Prize:

The winners of SIS Postgraduate Prize 2018 were:

·         Rachele Bezzini (Univ. of Sussex), with a PhD in Migration Studies on ‘Boundary-making in an immigrant social space: Albanian-Italian and Albanian-Romanian couples in Italy’.

·         Rebecca Walker (Univ. of St. Andrews), with an MLitt on ‘Bodily Archives: Urban Space and the Material Body in Elsa Morante’s La storia (1974)’

The winner of the SIS Postgraduate Prize 2016/17 was:

·         Mical Nelken (Univ. College London), with a dissertation on ‘Race and Identity in Republican Italian Schools, 1943-69’

British-Italian Society Memorial Prizes

British Italian Society Prize

The Society created the biennial British Italian Society Prize in 2002 to encourage the study of Italian language and culture at British and Irish universities both at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Each University/Institution is invited to submit ONE candidate under (a), (b) or both, following a pre-selection process, conducted in each case by the Italian Department (or equivalent) in consultation with their colleagues in Italian Studies or in other departments as appropriate. The work must be submitted by the candidate’s supervisor or tutor. All work must have been submitted and passed during the academic year just finished, and postgraduate students must have  passed the viva (even if with corrections) by the time of the application. 

Two prizes are available:

a)      One prize of £500 for final year Undergraduates

b)      One of £750 for Postgraduates

 a.       Undergraduates submit a final year essay (up to 5,000 words) or dissertation (up to 10,000 words).

b.      Postgraduate entrants:

i.                    Taught MA candidates should submit their dissertation as a pdf file, with word count, up to 15,000 words in length.

ii.                  MRes/MPhil/PhD candidates should submit two pdf files. One will contain the title of the thesis, list of content, a short abstract (max. two A4 pages) detailing the context and methodology of the thesis, and the bibliography. The other file will present a piece of work (typically a chapter) of no more than 15,000 words in length, with word count.

In both cases, the submitted piece/s of work must be completed (not in draft form), unpublished, and not be under consideration for publication. The subject matter will be confined to the humanities and social sciences relating to Italy, from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Work may be submitted in English or Italian. Submissions are made by the supervisor, and not directly by the author, and must be accompanied by a covering email confirming the degree for which the author was registered and when they completed it. We cannot accept entries without the covering email, nor resubmissions.

A panel of judges drawn from both the BIS and the SIS executive committees will deliberate with a view to announcing and presenting the awards in the spring of 2020.

All essays, together with the relevant supervisor’s supporting email, must be submitted by the supervisor by 15th July 2019 to the Society for Italian Studies Prize Coordinator, Dr Marina Spunta, at m.spunta@le.ac.uk.

PREVIOUS WINNERS of the Rooke Prize:

The most recent recipients of the Rooke Prizes were:

For the Rooke Prize for Undergraduates:  Lucia Crowther of the University of Reading for her dissertation on ‘The Architectural Formalisation of Pilgrimage in the Portico of the Madonna di San Luca’.  The runners-up on the UG category were Melanie Sackett (Exeter) and Isabel Orange (Bristol).

For the Rooke Prize for Postgraduates: Marianna Griffini of the LSE for her work on ‘Colonial Hybridity in the Italian Community in Libya (1926-1970)’.  Runners-up in the PG category were Kate Willman (Warwick) and Stefano Bragato (Reading).

Postgraduate Student Bursary Fund

This fund is designed to support Postgraduate students by facilitating their attendance at UK and ROI conferences which are not directly funded by the Society for Italian Studies (i.e. bursaries are not available for the SIS Biennial or Interim Conferences). Bursaries are normally available for students giving a conference paper, but individual circumstances will be considered. In order to be eligible for a bursary, students must also apply to their home institution for funding and must have the support of their Head of Department. Please note that the requested amount for a bursary should not normally exceed £100. All applicants must be members of the Society for Italian Studies.

Postgraduate students wishing to apply for a bursary are required to submit their application form (MS Word/ PDF) to to the Research Officer, Dr Emma Bond (efb@st-andrews.ac.uk) by one of two deadlines each year: 15 December and 15 June.