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British Association for American Studies


The Ambassador’s Awards


The Ambassador’s Awards

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The Ambassador’s Awards for 2017 are now open.

There are three awards on offer: for Postgraduates, Undergraduates and a School Essay prize.

We are looking for essays that explore any aspect of the American experience, from the perspective of history, literature, film, politics or any other related or inter-related discipline. Essays submitted in any category may be adapted from coursework or ongoing research projects that students are engaged in, but they must conform to word length and the appropriate presentation style required by the judging panel for each award. In addition, we request that each entry for the School Essay prize should be accompanied by a signed letter from the student’s teacher, certifying the applicant’s status. For the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Essay prizes, we request that no more than six essays at each level (UG / PG) per undergraduate department or programme should be submitted, each with a signed note by the Head of Dept or tutor certifying the applicant’s registered status.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”5531″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][dt_gap height=”20″][vc_column_text]Essays and supporting letters certifying the applicant’s status should be sent by e-mail to:

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Postgraduate Award

The prize for the winning author will be a £1,000 research grant to fund research or conference attendance in the United States.

The closing date for applications is 20 January 2017.
The essay must not exceed 5,000 words in length (excluding footnotes and bibliography).
The essay should form a self-contained piece of writing suitable for publication as an article in a professional journal. Care should accordingly be taken with matters of presentation and documentation. The best essays will be offered for publication in US Studies Online, the BAAS Postgraduate Journal.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][dt_gap height=”20″][dt_fancy_separator separator_color=”accent”][dt_gap height=”20″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Undergraduate Award

The prize for the winning author will be £500.

The closing date for applications is 20 January 2017.
The essay must not exceed 2,500 words in length (excluding footnotes and bibliography).
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School Essay Prize

The award for the winning author will be £250

The closing date for applications is 20 January 2017.
The essay must not exceed 1,500 words in length (excluding footnotes and bibliography).
Authors will gain credit for using an appropriate bibliographic referencing system.

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Previous Winners 2014

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  • Anna Lane, Richard Huish Sixth Form College, Somerset
  • Undergraduate Award: Hazel Dunnicliffe, Keele University
  • Postgraduate Award: James West, Manchester University

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