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EOFORAS GrantThe EOFORAS grant: Enabling Opportunities For Original Research in Anglo-Saxon Studies (for BA and MA students)

This grant is meant for undergraduate (BA) and graduate (MA) students of Leiden University who want to participate in or organise a conference within the field of Anglo-Saxon studies. While there are a number of funding opportunities for postgraduate (PhD) students, this grant is specifically aimed at Anglo-Saxonists at the earliest stage of their academic careers.  It is hoped that the grant will allow students in these fields to boost their CVs and, thus, increase their chances at getting into a PhD programme.

The EOFORAS grant hopes to stimulate original research into Old English language and literature, Anglo-Saxon culture and the history of early medieval England. Since the grant takes its name from the plural form of the Old English word eofor ‘boar’, grant applications for research into the boar in medieval culture (even beyond the Anglo-Saxon period) are particularly encouraged.

The grant can be used to cover travel or organisational costs, as long as receipts are provided – your costs will be reimbursed after I have received the receipts. Grants are usually 100 or 250 EUR, depending on the nature of the project. If you receive the grant,  you should show the EOFORAS grant logo on the poster of your event and/or power point presentation of your paper. Grant applications are subject to an evaluation process and your application may be rejected.

Deadline for the EOFORAS grant 2019: 31 May, 2019. Please send your CV, a brief description of your project and a budget to this e-mail address.

Previous Grant holders

  • Holy Heroes: A Symposium on Saints’ Lives in Early Medieval England, a graduate student conference at Leiden University (3 June, 2019) – poster.
  • Berber Bossenbroek, “Hliste se þe wille: The Didactic Additions of the Old English Meters of Boethius“, Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference “Defiance”, University of Oxford (5-6 April, 2019) – title slide.
  • Perspectives on Beowulf: Of Monsters, Men and Other Musings, a graduate student conference at Leiden University (25 January, 2019) – poster.

In 2017 and 2018, the pre-cursor of the EOFORAS grant has helped organise the following events:

  • Wisdom and Learning in Anglo-Saxon England, a graduate student conference at Leiden University (2 June, 2017)
  • An Inkling of Middle-earth: Tolkien among Leiden Students, a graduate student conference at Leiden University (19 January, 2018)
  • The Knights of the Round Table and the Quest for Knowledge, a graduate student conference at Leiden University, with a keynote lecture on the boar in Arthurian literature (1 June, 2018)




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