Prizes | Study and Travel Grants | Lecture
The Conradian The Juliet McLauchlan Prize

The annual prize is awarded by the Joseph Conrad Society (UK) for an essay on any aspect of the works and/or life of Joseph Conrad. The prize is dedicated to the memory of Juliet McLauchlan, a much loved Conradian and the Society's original and long-serving chair, by encouraging writing from new Conradians. The value of the prize is £200.

The essay competition is designed to foster work by new Conradians and emerging scholars, including undergraduates, postgraduates, and independent scholars of any age, subject to the proviso that entrants should not have held a full-time academic appointment for more than three years.

Essays must be original and between 5,000 and 7,000 words in length. The essay must be in English and should be typed double-spaced, and cannot have been previously published in any form.

The prize was last awarded in 2014 to Johan Warodell, at Lancaster University, UK. His essay, 'Peeping into Conrad's Locked Drawer: An Unfinished Novel and Two Unpublished Drawings', presented two previously undiscussed drawings by Conrad, and made an elegant case for considering these drawings in relation to the portrayal of the artist Stephen in The Sisters.

The closing date for 2018 entries is 13th May 2018. Please send entries to the Secretary, Hugh Epstein, at email

Gail Fraser Memorial Conference Travel Grant

In remembrance of Gail Fraser (1939–2011), Bruce Fraser has provided funds for a young scholar either in the final stages of doctoral studies or within three years of obtaining the doctorate to defray costs of attending the Society's annual conference.

Gail Fraser, who taught in the Department of English at Douglas College, New Westminster, British Columbia, was a specialist on Conrad's short fiction on which she wrote her dissertation at the University of British Columbia, the basis of her Interweaving Patterns in the Works of Joseph Conrad (1988). In addition to other essays on this topic, she contributed to The Cambridge Companion to Joseph Conrad (1996) and wrote the Introduction to The Nigger of the 'Narcissus' and Other Stories (Penguin, 2007).

Full details of the 2018 award, and how to apply, may be found here. For more information, you may also email the Treasurer of the Joseph Conrad Society (U.K.) Professor Allan H. Simmons, at email

Applicants must be members of the Society at the time of application. There is no restriction as to whether they hold a full or part-time position, or whether other support is available. (Applicants may also wish to apply for the Society's travel grants.)

The Travel Grant has been awarded as follows:

  • 2012: To Joshil K. Abraham, Lecturer at the Ambedkar Institute of Advanced Communications Technologies and Research (New Delhi), who presented a paper at the Bath conference on "Marlow's Logocentric Journey in 'Heart of Darkness.'"
  • 2013: To Joanna Mstowska, a full-time Lecturer, Post-doctoral status, at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toru, Poland, who presented a paper at the Rome conference on "Conrad's Victory and Pirandello's "La trappola": a Victory over Form?"
  • 2014: To Pei-Wen Clio Kao and Charne Lavery, who presented papers at the Canterbury conference on "The Symbiotic Relation between Colonizer and Colonized: A Contrapuntal Reading of 'Heart of Darkness''', and "Looking back in Victory: 'Native Life', the threat of witness, and narrative perspective", respectively.

The Philip J. Conrad Memorial Lecture

Established in 2004, with funds from the Juliet and Mac McLauchlan Bequest, the Lecture honours the memory of the Society's long-serving president, the late Philip J. Conrad (1924-2004), Conrad's grandson.

Awarded every two years to a distinguished scholar, the occasion entails delivery of a lecture at a Society conference and, normally, publication in The Conradian. Nominations for lecturers may be made to the Executive Committee.

The Lecture has been given as follows:

  • 2005 by Jacques Berthoud, Emeritus Professor, York University, who delivered his lecture on Nostromo at Amsterdam
  • 2007 by J. H. Stape, Research Fellow in English, St Mary's University, Twickenham, who spoke on Conrad and biography at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
  • 2009 by Andrea White, Professor, California State University at Dominguez Hills, who spoke on Victory at the University Women's Club, London
  • 2011 by C. T. Watts, Research Professor, University of Sussex, who spoke on political and aesthetic aspects of "Heart of Darkness" at the University Women's Club, London
  • 2013 by Jeremy Hawthorn, Professor, The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, who spoke on "Joseph Conrad and the testimony of the senses" at the Rome conference
  • 2015 by Laurence Davies, Visiting Professor at the University of Glasgow, who spoke on 'Conrad and Contingency' at POSK for the London conference
  • 2017 by Robert Hampson, Professor, Royal Holloway, University of London, who spoke on 'Crossing Borders' at the London conference, POSK

Study and Travel Grants

The Joseph Conrad Society provides discretionary support for scholars and researchers not having access to other sources of funding to participate in the annual conference.

The Juliet McLauchlan Travel Grants are awarded to help scholars who have had their paper accepted for presentation at the Annual International Conference of the Joseph Conrad Society (U.K.). Full details of the 2018 award, and how to apply, may be found here: Download Note (Microsoft Word), Download Application (PDF).

To apply for support for any other Conradian scholarly project, please email Professor Allan H. Simmons, at

The Polish Heritage Society Grant

The Polish Heritage Society is a registered U.K. charity whose aim is to remember, record, and propagate among the wider British public the contribution of Poles to the shared cultural and historical heritage of the United Kingdom. The Society has generously donated £1,000 towards the work of the Joseph Conrad Society (U.K.) to sponsor research and writing that addresses any aspect of the Polish Heritage of Joseph Conrad, and that promotes an understanding which extends across cultural and linguistic boundaries. This donation is to be in the form of separate awards of £200 spread over five years, and 2014 saw the third of these.

  • In 2012 the award was made to Brygida Pudelko who presented her paper, "The Impact of Music and Painting on Turgenev's and Conrad's Art", at the International Conference in Bath.
  • In 2013 the award was made to Malgorzata Stanek to enable her to present her paper, "Some Reflections on Teaching 'Amy Foster' and 'Prince Roman' as Narratives Negotiating Identity", at the International Conference in Rome.
  • In 2014 the award was made to Joanna Skolik to enable her to present her paper, "Poland Revisited: A British Citizen on the Polish Problem", at the International Conference in Canterbury.
  • In 2015 the award was made to Ewa Kujawska-Lis to enable her to present her paper "Conrad's Mastery of Language in Early Marlow Narratives" at the International Conference in London.
  • In 2017 the award was made to the members of a panel from Silesia and Warsaw on 'Spectral Conrad' at the International Conference in London: Jacek Mydla, Karol Samsel, Anne Keithline and Agnieszka Adamowicz-Pospiech.

Enquiries about the grant should be made to the Secretary of the Joseph Conrad Society (U.K.), Hugh Epstein, at email

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