Royal Irish Academy’s Charlemont Grants awarded to Trinity Students

Four Trinity students were recently rewarded for their success in research with Royal Irish Academy’s Charlemont Grant awards.

The awardees and their areas of research are:  

Dr Julie Bates,    Louise Bourgeois’s fabric works: the passage of time on a personal scale.  Phenomenology of time, material culture, visual art, literature.

Dr Grainne McEvoy, Justice and order: American Catholic social thought and immigration in the 20th Century.

Dr Isabella Jackson, Debating Chinese child slavery: child protection in 1930s Shanghai.

Dr Ailise Bulfin, Literature and propaganda: An investigation of the impact of invasion scare fiction on pre-World War I British society.      


Named in honour of the Academy’s first President, and notable Grand Tourist, James Caulfeild, the 1st Earl of Charlemont (1728–99), the Charlemont grants are unique as they offer funding for short international research trips, to support primary research in any area.  Since its inception by the Academy in 2007, the scheme has funded 155 projects across the disciplines to over fifty countries.  This year the destinations include London, Lisbon, New York, Tokyo and Taiwan. 

Peter Kennedy, International Affairs Secretary of the Academy, stated that the Charlemont Scholars are “Ireland’s scientific and cultural emissaries of the twenty-first century.  Through their experiences, sharing what they know and bringing back new ideas, we look forward to their enriching academic life in Ireland.”

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