Tom Keymer 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 the Tom Keymer 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.

Applicants must be members in good standing of CSECS at the time of their application.

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.

Past Recipients

Caitlin Sturrock (University of Bristol), “Veiled Sexualities, Marked Disabilities, and Voiceless Women: The Veil in Denis Diderot’s Supplément au voyage de Bougainville (1796)”.

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)."