US Embassy (London) / British Association for American Studies Small Grants Programme 2022
The British Association for American Studies, supported by the United States Embassy, London, offers small grants for cultural, educational and outreach activities that will foster American Studies and lead to a more accurate and constructive understanding of the United States in the United Kingdom.
Applications for the 2022 Programme have now closed. It is not yet confirmed whether the programme will continue in 2023.
If you are a current recipient of a small grant with queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Full details of the Small Grants Programme
Grants may be requested for a range of activities, including (but not limited to):
- Curriculum development at all educational levels, especially primary and secondary levels;
- Student exchanges;
- US and UK Speaker programs;
- Film and arts programming;
- Conferences and symposia;
- Faculty development and exchange;
- Public dissemination of academic research.
In particular, BAAS encourages applications which seek to strengthen the field of American Studies in the UK, creating a resilient scholarly community who will continue to be able to promote the understanding of the US in the UK in the long term. Therefore applications for activities that engage with our strategic objectives will be prioritised:
- Encourage more demand for the pursuit of American studies as a specialized field of study;
- Seek to promote American studies as a field of study among women and within Black, Asian,
and minority ethnic (BAME) communities and schools;
- Recruit for and spread awareness of American studies as a field of study for primary and
secondary school students, with a focus on diversity and inclusion;
- Encourage work in the field of American Studies across academic societies and within
- Support program activities throughout the United Kingdom, particularly outside of London.
BAAS have developed guidance on running an inclusive conference. This guide
contains detailed guidance for Chairs, Speakers, and Audiences at such events.
It can be accessed by clicking the following links:
Conference Appendix – PDF version (external PDF)
Conference Appendix – Word version (external Word Doc)
Application Process and Deadlines
PLEASE NOTE: ALL ACTIVITY MUST BE COMPLETED BY 31st DECEMBER 2022
IN YOUR APPLICATION PLEASE INCLUDE DETAILS OF ANY CONTINGENCY PLANNING FOR THE ONGOING IMPACT OF COVID-19.
Applications will be assessed by a panel with representation from BAAS, the US Embassy, and the American Studies community. Applicants will normally be notified of a decision within 8 weeks of the deadline.
Applicants are expected to review the BAAS Funding Guide when developing their budgets.
Successful applicants will be required to submit financial information to BAAS for the processing of payments within three weeks of notification, and to provide quarterly updates and a final narrative and financial report within three weeks of the completion of their project. As per instructions that will be provided with the grant letter, the British Association for American Studies and the US Embassy must be acknowledged in all publicity relating to the grant and in any future publications arising from it.
These grants cannot be used for the supply of food or drink, or for prizes. Where flights to/from the United States are included, these must (under the Fly America Act) be provided by a US carrier. Further information will be provided in the grant letter. There are maximum figures payable for honoraria and for subsistence and overnight accommodation; again, further details will be provided. Awards cannot be made retrospectively.
PLEASE NOTE MAXIMUM REQUEST PER APPLICATION = £10,000 GBP.
Publicity and Dissemination
It is a requirement of this award that BAAS and the US Embassy should be credited in all publicity relating to any successfully funded project. The BAAS and US Embassy logos will be sent to successful applicants, along with further guidance on the use of the Logo.
All successful applicants should also take all possible opportunities to disseminate information about the project in order to reach out to as wide an audience as possible. If successful applicants will be given the details of the BAAS mail lists in order to ensure that news of your event is made known to the American Studies community.
Successful applicants should also contact the Embassy’s representatives, prior to their event to ensure that they have an opportunity to alert their publicity team and / or to send a representative if appropriate.