The Iris Murdoch Research Centre supports and develops work into this major twentieth-century writer. Staff disseminate expertise on Murdoch's work via published work, major conferences, and more widely via the media. The Centre is the hub for international research, edits and publishes the Iris Murdoch Review journal and other publications, and convenes the Iris Murdoch Society.

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Barbara Stevens Heusel Research Fund for Early-Career Scholars

Applications are now open for the 2023-2024 funding scheme. Each year, a £500 stipend will help fund a junior scholar's* visit to the Iris Murdoch Research Centre at the University of Chichester and/or the Archives at the Kingston University, and/or participation in one of the IMRC's conferences or research events. Applications for the fund must include:

  • A current CV
  • Evidence of current study mode, or completion of doctoral work within the last five years.
  • A 500-1000 statement outlining current research and planned development. This must include (but is not limited to) the benefits of the fund to current study/research, outline of how the funds would be used, the progress the applicant wishes to make within one year.
  • A reference from the current academic supervisor (or former supervisor) confirming the suitability of the applicant and their research plan.

The closing date for receipt of materials is 1 October 2023. Applicants will be informed of the outcome by the 15 October 2023. Applications and supporting documents must be sent Informal queries to the same address.

Funds must be used within one calendar year.

*Postgraduate taught students (MA and equivalent), postgraduate by research students (PhD/DPhil/MRes or equivalent), and those who have completed their PhD (or equivalent) within the last five years.

The fund is administered by the Iris Murdoch Society