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Tom Keymer CSECS Award

Thanks to the generous support of Professor Thomas Keymer, and in collaboration with the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, BSECS is delighted to offer a new award for 2020, the Keymer CSECS Award. This award provides a bursary of CA$500 to support a postgraduate scholar in presenting their work at the annual CSECS Conference. The award is open to any graduate student who is either a UK citizen (based in the UK or elsewhere) or enrolled in a UK university. The award is judged according to both the academic merit of the proposed paper and financial need.

How to apply:

  1. Candidates should submit their abstract to the CSECS Conference in the usual way.

  2. In addition, candidates should send a statement of max. 300 words detailing how this award would benefit them academically and financially, to Professor Joël Castonguay-Bélanger, President of CSECS, at


Applications open on 20 February, and close on 10 April.

  • Award recipient for 2020: Amelia Mills, "Women's access to scientific learning: Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle's Entretiens sur la pluralité des mondes (1686) and Aphra Behn's A Discovery of New Worlds (1688)."

D.W. Smith Fellowship

The Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies is pleased to sponsor an annual research fellowship designed to promote research into the eighteenth century. The fellowship is named in honour of David W. Smith, professor of French at the University of Toronto. Professor Smith is a founding member of the Society and a distinguished scholar of the eighteenth century.

This fellowship supports students and researchers who do not have ready access to institutional sources of research funding. Accordingly, full-time university professors (whether tenure-track or tenured) are not normally eligible for consideration. The fellowship is awarded competitively each year in early spring. Applications are welcome in either of the Society's two official languages, French or English. Applications from previous holders of the fellowship are accepted, but will be adjudicated as lower priority.

Mark-Madoff Prize

The Mark-Madoff Prize was created in 1990 to honour the memory of the late Mark Madoff. Each year Lumen, the journal of the Canadian Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (SCEDHS/CSECS), awards a $250 prize to two students for the best essay written in English and the best in French published in its annual issue. The committee responsible for selecting these two essays each year includes the guest editors (the editors of the annual issue) as well as the two editors of the journal.

Lumen Essay Prize

Best essay published in each new issue of Lumen, with a cash prize of $250.

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