Apply for the Bridget Jones Award for Caribbean Arts



Arts researchers or practitioners living and working in the Caribbean are eligible to apply for the Bridget Jones Award, the deadline for which is the 26th February 2024. The winner of the award will present their work at the virtual 47th Annual Conference of the Society for Caribbean Studies which will take place from the 3rd to the 6th of July 2024.


If you are an arts practitioner living and working in any part of the Anglophone, Hispanic, Francophone or Dutch speaking Caribbean, you may apply for the Award. We encourage applications from across the arts: from visual artists, performers, creative writers, film-makers, folklorists, playwrights etc.

The successful recipient(s) will receive an honorarium (maximum £200) to cover any expenses involved in online participation, and a full bursary to cover conference fees. (At in-person conferences the Bridget Jones award includes a maximum of £650 towards travel expenses and a full bursary to cover conference fees and accommodation).

Applications are especially welcome from individuals or collectives with no academic institutional affiliations.

How to Apply

To apply for the Award you must submit the following:

  • A covering letter
  • Curriculum vitae (no more than 4 sides of A4)
  • Statements from 2 referees who are able to comment on your work

AND either

(a) A proposal for a presentation of your work in the areas of film, literature, visual or performing arts.
(b) A proposal for a reading of original creative work.

Presentations normally last for up to one hour, including time for questions from the audience. The most important part of your application will therefore be a 1) full description of the proposed presentation detailing the themes and rationale behind the presentation, as well as 2) how the presentation will be organized and 3) any props required (e.g. if intending to screen clips of films; show slides of artwork; incorporate live performance etc.).

The successful candidate would be expected to attend and engage with the whole conference.
Applications and enquiries should be sent by e-mail to the Chair of the Bridget Jones Committee, societyforcaribbeanstudies[at]

Completed applications must be received by 26th February 2024.A decision will be made by the committee in late January.

For more information on the Bridget Jones Award and the Society for Caribbean Studies, visit the Society website….

Adina Edwards accordion, Jamaica Music Museum