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McGill University
Department of English

McGill-ASECS Fellowship

About the Fellowship

The Burney Centre, in conjunction with the Rare Books and Special Collections Division of the McGill University Library, offers an annual Fellowship, designed to assist scholars who need to travel to and establish temporary residence in Montreal in order to use the resources of the Library. The Fellowship is available to scholars interested in any aspect of Frances Burney, the Burney family, and their extended circle. It carries an award of US $3,000 for a one-month stay, at a time to be arranged.

The Fellowship is funded by:
  • The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS)
  • McGill University Library

    Many thanks to these two sponsors for their generous support in making this fellowship possible.

    Application Procedure

    Applicants, who must be members of ASECS, should send a curriculum vitæ and a description of their project, specifying the relevance of the Burney Centre and Rare Books and Special Collection Division holdings to their research, to the address below. They should also indicate when they wish to take up the Fellowship. There is no application form. Applications are considered by a Committee which gives preference to specific and clearly described projects.

    The deadline for new applications is 30 November 2016, and candidates will be informed of the results in January 2017.

    Applications should be emailed to burney.centre[at], attention Dr Peter Sabor, Director of the Burney Centre.

    Enquiries should be addressed to the Burney Centre at burney.centre[at]

    List of Fellowship Holders


    2016 Fellow

    Cassie Ulph
    Lecturer, Bishop Grosseteste University
    Email: cassie.ulph [at]

    [ Read Cassie Ulph's fellowship report (coming Fall 2016) ]


    2015 Fellow

    Francesa Saggini

    Professor, University of Tuscia

    Email: fsaggini [at]

    [ Read Francesca Saggini's fellowship report (PDF format) ]


    2014 Fellow

    Todd Gilman

    Librarian, Yale University

    Email: todd.gilman [at]

    [ Read Todd Gilman's fellowship report (PDF format) ]


    2013 Fellow

    Sophie Coulombeau

    PhD Candidate, University of York

    Email: smc529 [at]

    [ Read Sophie Coulombeau's fellowship report (PDF format) ]

    2012 Fellow

    Christina Davidson

    Teaching Fellow, University of Sussex

    Email: C.Davidson [at]

    [ Read Christina Davidson's fellowship report (PDF format) ]


    2012 Fellow

    Marilyn Francus

    Associate Professor, West Virginia University

    Email: mfrancus [at]

    [ Read Marilyn Francus' fellowship report (PDF format) ]

    2011 Fellow
    Simon Macdonald
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh
    Email: sjsmacdonald [at]

    [ Read Simon Macdonald's fellowship report (PDF format) ]

    2011 Fellow
    Ilias Chrissochoidis
    Post-Doc, Stanford University
    Email: ichriss [at]
    [ Read Ilias Chrissochoidis's fellowship report (PDF format) ]

    2010 Fellow
    Louise Curran
    PhD Candidate, University College London
    Email: louise.curran [at]
    [ Read Louise Curran's fellowship report (PDF format) ]

    2009 Fellow
    Danielle Grover
    PhD Candidate, University of Southampton
    Email: danielle.grover [at]
    [ Read Danielle Grover's fellowship report (PDF format) ]

    2008 Fellow
    Catherine Parisian
    Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
    Email: catherine.parisian [at]
    [ Read Catherine Parisian's fellowship report (PDF format) ]

    2008 Fellow
    Geoffrey Sill
    Associate Professor, Rutgers University at Camden
    Email: sill [at]
    [ Read Geoffrey Sill's fellowship report (PDF format) ]

    2007 Fellow
    Mascha Gemmeke
    Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, Ernst Moritz Arndt University Greifswald
    Email: gemmeke [at]
    [ Read Mascha Gemmeke's fellowship report (PDF format) ]

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