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Event: Banning Books: The Antwerp Indexes of Plantin, 1569-1571, 12-13 June 2022

The seminar “Banning Books: The Antwerp Indexes of Plantin, 1569-1571” will be held at the Museum Plantin-Moretus (Antwerp) on 13-14 June 2022.

This seminar is part of “Los límites del disenso”, a research project of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and has been organized by Benito Rial Costas (Complutense University of Madrid).

Attendance is open to all at no charge, but registration is required:

Programme: Monday 13 June


“It Was Happening Here”

Benito Rial Costas (Complutense University of Madrid)


“The Measures of the Duke of Alba against Subversive and Heretic Printing in the Netherlands. Legislation, Control of Booksellers and the Preparation of the Index Librorum Prohibitorum of 1570”

Gustaaf Janssens (KU Leuven)


“Pressure, Punishment and Reintegration: Royal Pardons Letters for Printers in the Wake of the Antwerp Indexes, 1568-1590”

Hans Cools (KU Leuven) and Gert Gielis (Archives de l’État en Belgique)


“New Insights into the Printing History of the 1570 Index Librorum Prohibitorum

Kristof Selleslach (Museum Plantin-Moretus)


“The Spread of the Antwerp Indexes of Prohibited Books, 1569-1571: A Long-Time Study”

Renaud Adam (Arenberg Auctions)




“What Kind of Dutch Secular Books the Authorities Were Afraid of?”

Hubert Meeus (University of Antwerp)


“Vernacular Bible Reading and the Antwerp Indices of 1569, 1570, and 1571”

Wim François (KU Leuven)


“Stopping the Rot: Religious Converts in the Plantin Indexes of Prohibited Books”

Richard Kirwan (University of Limerick)


“Francisco de Enzinas, Auctor Primae Classis”

Ignacio García Pinilla (University of Castilla-La Mancha)


“Proscribed Prescriptions: The Case of Pompeo Della Barba and His Secrets of Nature

Folke Gernert (University of Trier)

Tuesday 14 June


“Understanding the Censor. A Reading of the Antwerp Expurgatory Index (1571)”

María José Vega (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)


“The 1571 Index Expurgatorius: Erasmus Emasculated or Sublimated?”

Alexandre Vanautgaerden (University of Warwick)


“The Plurality of Catholic Censorship: The Different Expurgations of Johannes Wild (Ferus) and the Antwerp Indexes of 1569, 1570 and 1571”

Markus Müller (University of Wuppertal)


Closing remarks


Show and Tell: “The Officina Plantiniana’s material legacy exhibited by the printing of Jan Baptist Houwaert’s Pegasides Pleyn (1582-1583)”

Kristof Selleslach (Museum Plantin-Moretus)

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Event: Irish Renaissance Seminar (online), 21st May 2022, UCC

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Fragmented Pasts: Re/building fragmented archives, 25 May 2022, UL

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News: Óenach Reviews 11 (2021-22)

We would like to thank Professor Clare Downham, Liverpool of University, who very kindly took on the role of Editor of Óenach Reviews in 2019. Clare edited three volumes; the contents of the latest issue may be found below. Clare is now passing the baton back to us (Carrie Griffin and Emer Purcell). As is evident from the range of books, subject matter, and reviewers detailed below, she is leaving our review journal in excellent shape. Many thanks to Clare for her hard work on each issue and behind the scenes.

Óenach Reviews 11 (2021-22)

1. Charlene M. Eska, A Raven’s Battle-Cry: The Limits of Judgment in the Medieval Irish Legal Tract Anfuigell. Medieval Law and its Practice 27. Leiden: Brill, 2019. Reviewed by Jaqueline Bemmer (pp. 1–4)

2. Margaret Coombe, Anne Mouron, and Christiania Whitehead (eds), Saints of North-East England, 600-1500. Medieval Church Studies 29. Brepols: Turnhout, 2017. Reviewed by Helen Birkett (pp. 5–8)

3. Matthias Toplak, Hanne Østhus, and Rudolf Simek (eds), Viking-Age Slavery. Vienna: Fassbaender, 2021. Reviewed by Christian Cooijmans (pp. 9–15)

4. Sabine Heidi Walther, Regina Jucknies, Judith Meurer-Bongardt, and Jens Eike Schnall (eds), Res, Artes et Religio: Essays in Honour of Rudolf Simek. Leeds: Kismet Press, 2021. Reviewed by James Davison (pp. 16–23)

5. Claire Fennell (ed.), A Middle English Statute-Book, part II: Tracts. Middle English Text 57. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2019. Reviewed by Áine Foley (pp. 24–26)

6. Seán Duffy (ed.), Medieval Dublin XVII. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2019. Reviewed by Stephen Hewer (pp. 27–32)

7. Kathryn L. Smithies, Introducing the Medieval Ass. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2020. Reviewed by Gwendolyne Knight (pp. 33–38)

8. Stephen Morrison and Jean-Jacques Vincensini (eds), The Middle English Kynge Appolyn of Thyre. Middle English Texts 58. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2020. Reviewed by Niamh Pattwell (pp. 39–44)

9. Oisín Plumb, Picts and Britons in the Early Medieval Irish Church: Travels West over the Storm-Swelled Sea. Turnhout: Brepols, 2020. Reviewed by Guto Rhys (pp. 45–52)

10. Francis Young, Athassel Priory and the Cult of St Edmund in medieval Ireland. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2020. Reviewed by Catherine Swift (pp. 53–60)

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CFP: Filologia Germanica 15 (2023)

Call for Submissions

Deadline for title/abstract: 15 April 2022

Deadline for paper: 31 December 2022):

‘ Meter and Rhythm in Medieval Germanic Texts’


Volume 15 will focus on the themes of meter and rhythm in medieval Germanic texts. As Augustine already pointed out in De musica (3.2.4), although meter and rhythm can be considered to be constituents of medieval verse (ergo omnis versus est rhythmus et metrum), they do not always coincide (non omnis rhythmus etiam metrum). This very concept, reassessed in Beda’s definitions of meter as ratio cum modulatione and rhythm as modulatio sine ratione, finds a possible correlation in the Norse literary figures of the skáld and of the þulr, which are assumed to be differently associated with meter and rhythm, the former for being the holder of the art of versification, the latter for being a performer of mostly catalogue-like texts endowed with a rhythmicity suitable for easy memorization. A stimulating debate has recently arisen on the value and function of the alliterative meter and rhythm, taking up and updating the principles of Sieversian Germanic metrics on the basis of linguistic, literary and codicological theories (Kristján Árnason 1991, Russom 1998 and 2017 2004, Fulk 1992 and 2004, Bredehoft 2005, Bögl 2006, Neidorf et al. [Eds.] 2016, Weiskott 2016, Cornelius 2017, Hench – Estes 2018), rekindling the attention on the relationship between lyrics and music (Everist – Kelly [eds. ] 2018) and extending our gaze to rhyming poetry.

We invite you to submit contributions that fit into this perspective, in order to propose new evidence and / or stimulate a theoretical, linguistic and critical reflection on the nature and function of meter and rhythm in medieval Germanic texts. The volume will focus on different textual genres within poetry and prose production.

Scholars willing to contribute to this volume (which has a planned publication date of Autumn 2023) should send the following information and material to Letizia Vezzosi (, by April 15th 2022:

–        name(s) of the author(s) and title of the essay;

–        a short abstract in Italian, English or German that should not exceed 2,500 characters (spaces included), except bibliography.

Further details available here.

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Conference: Morality, Exemplarity, & Emotion in Medieval Insular Texts, c. 700-c.1500 (online)

17-18 March 2022, Heinrich-Heine University

This 2-day online conference brings together scholars who work on medieval Insular texts and who are interested in the translation and representation of morality, exemplarity, and emotion in a range of genres and languages, and across the early/late medieval period.

To register please visit: Morality, Exemplarity, & Emotion in Medieval Insular Texts, c.700-c.1500 Registration, Thu, Mar 17, 2022 at 9:00 AM | Eventbrite

For further information please contact

Please see below for the programme.

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Fragmented Pasts: Reading Manuscript Fragments, 7th April 2022, UL


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Event: Seminar for Ancient and Medieval Studies, UCC

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CFP: Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society/An Cumann Éire San Ochtú Céad Déag, UCC

Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society/An Cumann Éire San Ochtú Céad Déag

2022 Annual Conference

University College Cork

17-18 June 2022

Plenary Speakers

Dr Neil Buttimer

Dr Gillian O’Brien

Prof David O’Shaughnessy

Call for Papers

The 2022 Annual Conference of the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society/An Cumann Éire san Ochtú Céad Déag is scheduled to take place as an in-person event in University College Cork, 17-18 June. We will be guided by public health requirements and by UCC institutional policies on Covid-19, and we may therefore need to adapt the format closer to the conference date.

Proposals are invited for twenty-minute papers (in English or Irish) on any aspect of eighteenth-century Ireland, including its history, literature, language, and culture. The Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society is a multidisciplinary society, and we welcome papers from all disciplines, as well as interdisciplinary and comparative research. We particularly encourage early career scholars to submit proposals, as well as those working with new methodological and theoretical perspectives.

Proposals should be submitted by e-mail to Clíona Ó Gallchoir ( before Friday 15 April 2022. Proposals should include: name, institutional affiliation, paper title, and a 250-word abstract. Prospective speakers will be notified of a decision by Monday 3 May 2022. 

Cuirfear fáilte ar leith roimh pháipéir agus/nó roimh phainéil iomlána i nGaeilge ar ghné ar bith de shaol agus de shaíocht na Gaeilge san Ochtú Céad Déag. Iarrtar ar dhaoine ar mhaith leo páipéar 20 nóiméad a léamh, teideal an pháipéir mar aon le hachoimre ghairid (250 focal) a sheoladh chuig Máire Ní Íceadha ( roimh 15 Aibreán 2022. Iarrtar orthu siúd a bhfuil spéis acu painéal a eagrú ainmneacha na gcainteoirí, na n-institiúidí lena mbaineann siad, teidil na bpáipéar agus achoimrí mar aon le hainm agus sonraí teagmhála an chathaoirligh a bheith san áireamh. Cuirfear scéala chuig cainteoirí roimh an Luan an 3 Bealtaine 2022.

The conference is held in association with the School of English and Digital Humanities, UCC and Roinn na Nua-Ghaeilge, UCC.

Queries should be addressed to one of the conference organisers:

Dr Clíona Ó Gallchoir, School of English, University College Cork.


Dr Máire Ní Íceadha, Roinn na Nua-Ghaeilge, Coláiste na hOllscoile, Corcaigh.



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Event: Vernacular Books and Reading Experiences in the Early Age of Print, Leiden UL, August 25-27 2021

International conference ‘Vernacular Books and Reading Experiences in the Early Age of Print’

In the first 150 years of European printed book production (c. 1450-1600), the new medium of print evolved from its indebtedness to manuscript culture into a full-grown means of communication and articulation. How were reading experiences shaped both by producers and users of vernacular books? Who read in the vernacular, why, and how? These are the central questions of the international and interdisciplinary conference ‘Vernacular Books and Reading Experiences in the Early Age of Print’, which will take place from 25 to 27 August 2021 at Leiden University Library and online.

The participants approach reading as an embodied, material practice that is affected both by texts and their presentation, with a particular interest in the interplay between language, form and content, and between intended and actual readers. With contributions ranging from papers on Dutch, French, German to Hungarian and from prayer texts to romances, chronicles and medical handbooks, the conference covers a variety of languages, regions and genres. Thus, it aims to contribute to the next step towards a comparative study of printing strategies and users’ practices in the first 150 years of printing vernacular books in Europe.

All those interested are welcome to attend online. Attendance is free but registration is required.

Full programme and registration:

Convenors: Dr Anna Dlabačová (Leiden University), Andrea van Leerdam MA (Utrecht University)

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Job: Lectureship in Middle English Language & Literature (fixed term), U of Groningen

The Chair of Medieval English Literature and Culture invites applications for a Lectureship in Middle English Language and Literature (0.8 FTE, fixed-term for 1 year)

The successful candidate will be expected to teach and co-teach a number of courses from the Old and Middle English offering at undergraduate level. (For North American applicants: the teaching will amount to the equivalent of a 2-3 load per annum.) These courses have existing syllabi and, in a number of cases, outlines of individual classes, but the successful candidates may modify the course contents depending on their interests. The post holder will be required to teach classes in person throughout the academic year, though some courses will be taught in a hybrid online and physical environment. English is the only language of instruction in the Department.

The normal duties of teaching administration are limited to planning and assessing student work and to holding an office hour each week.

The post is available for a fixed term of twelve months from 1 September 2021.

Interviews will be held online in early July.

Applicants should apply online. To apply please visit the website.

For a copy of the Further Particulars or if you have any queries regarding the vacancy, please contact the Chair of Medieval English Literature and Culture, Prof. Sebastian Sobecki,


The successful candidate will:

● have a PhD in medieval English literature
● be able to teach a variety of undergraduate courses in the area of medieval English literature
● be able to place medieval English literature written in Latin, French, and Old and Middle English in its cultural context
● have a proven record of research activity and/or publications in medieval English literature commensurate with their career level
● demonstrate a high level of competence in early and later forms of the Middle English language
● demonstrate excellence in transferring high-level and current research to the classroom
● have experience teaching medieval English language and literature at university level.


Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen enjoys an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative institution of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Flexible study programmes and academic career opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 36,000 students and researchers alike to develop their own individual talents. As one of the best research universities in Europe, the University of Groningen has joined forces with other top universities and networks worldwide to become a truly global centre of knowledge.

The Faculty of Arts
The Faculty of Arts is built on a long-standing tradition of four centuries. Our mission is to be a top-ranking faculty with both an excellent education and world-quality research, with a strong international orientation, firmly rooted in the North of the Netherlands. We build and share knowledge benefits to society. We work at a modern, broad and international institution, educating over 5,000 Dutch and international students to become forward-looking, articulate and independent academics. We are a team of hardworking and diverse group of 700 staff members.


Please send your application to us, by submitting the following documents:

• letter of application
• curriculum vitae, including an overview of previous teaching
• a statement on your approach to teaching, and student evaluations of previously taught courses (if available).

Please ask two referees to send their letters of recommendation to by the deadline. Both referees should be able to comment on your teaching experience.

You can submit your application until 20 June 11:59pm / before 21 June 2021 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on “Apply” below on the advertisement on the university website).

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We have adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the university. Therefore, women are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission’s European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


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News: Research Prize, University of Santiago

The University of Santiago Institutional Chair of the Camino de Santiago and Pilgrimages has announced its annual competition for new research on the Camino de Santiago or on pilgrimages.


Any researcher, from Spain or any another country, may submit a work completed in the calendar year 2020 and created by one individual or by a team of authors.  This includes doctoral dissertations which deal with the Camino de Santiago or Pilgrimage under any disciplinary lens, such as history, culture, geography, tourism studies…

A firm requirement for consideration by the jury will be that the work has not received any prior prize.  The monetary award (by wire transfer) is 1000€ accompanied by a certificate of recognition.  The prize will be shared equally if there are multiple winners.  The work may be in any language but requires a 1500-word summary in Galician, Spanish or English.

The application form, in Galician, is in the attached file.  For further assistance, contact the Cátedra Institucional do Camiño de Santiago e das Peregrinacións da USC

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Event: Women Traveling, 8-10 June, 2021

Women traveling: Feminine experiences, narratives and writings about changing and diverse times and worlds
VIRTUAL SCIENTIFIC EVENT, June 8, 9 and 10, 2021

XIV Interdisciplinary Conference on Studies on Women
XI International Conference on Women in the Middle Ages
VI Colloquium on Bibliographic Update on Issues of the Female Universe

Women in the Middle Ages, to be held on June 8, 9 and 10, 2021 at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, University Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina, virtual modality.

Programme available here

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Event: Fourth International Congress on the Camino de Santiago and Pilgrimages, 21-22 July 2021

With the goal of making available the research, promotional efforts and educational outlets of individuals, institutions and universities, within and beyond Spain’s borders, during this two-year Jacobean Holy Year, the “Fourth International Congress on the Camino de Santiago and Pilgrimages. Twenty-one Studies for the Holy Year” sponsored by the Univ. of Santiago de Compostela will take place.

In the course of two days university students and faculty, national and regional associations of Friends of the Camino, research centers, specialists in tourism and the general public are welcome to hear the results of 21 projects in diverse disciplinary fields, promotional initiatives and educational outlets.  All were funded last September by the Univ. of Santiago de Compostela, the Ministry of Tourism of the Autonomous Region of Galicia, and the Cathedral of Santiago under the aegis of the University’s Institutional Chair on the Camino de Santiago and Pilgrimages.

          In English

          In Galician

          In Spanish

Presentations in Spanish and Galician.  Fees: 60€ in person, 25€ on-line

Address questions to Severine at

Miguel Taín Guzmán
Professor of Art History
Director of the Institutional University Chair “The Saint James Way and Pilgrimages” 
University of Santiago de Compostela

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New Books in Medieval Studies

Our friends at Four Courts Press have announced publication of two new titles that will be of interest to our community:

Medieval Dublin XVIII, edited by Sean Duffy


Trinity College Library Dublin: A Catalogue of Manuscripts Containing Middle English and Some Old English, by John Scattergood, Niamh Pattwell and Emma Williams.

Congratulations all on the publication of such important scholarship.

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Event: Church Momuments Society Lectures 2021

Church Monuments Society
Lectures online via Zoom

10 April 2021 – 5pm GMT
Fine and Private Places: or, why study funerary monuments?
A general introduction to the study of funerary monuments by Dr Jean Wilson MBE FSA.

17 April 2021 – 5pm GMT
‘Reading’ Damage and Design in British and Irish Cadaver Sculptures
A talk discussing the history of these unusual Church monuments, by Dr Christina Welch, University of Winchester.

24 April 2021 – 5pm GMT
The Cross-Legged Effigy in Context: Myth and Legend
A talk about cross-legged effigies of medieval knights, by Mr Mark Downing, President of the Church Monuments Society.

01 May 2021 – 5pm GMT
A Dead Good Job: Gravedigging in Municipal Cemeteries
An in-depth talk about the role of gravediggers, by Dr Helen Frisby and Dr Stuart Prior.

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Event: WHAI Online Conference 2021

Women’s History Association of Ireland
Conference 2020/2021
Besieged bodies: Gendered violence, sexualities and motherhood
March 2021
Online Conference via Zoom

Day 1 WHAI Conference, 5 March 2021 features a medieval session in the morning and a medieval keynote in the evening:

Panel 2: 11.45-1.15pm

2. Pregnancy, motherhood and violence
Chair: Mary McAuliffe

Niamh Wycherley, ‘Gendered and sexual violence in early medieval Ireland’.
Elaine Pereira Farrell, ‘Pregnancy and Motherhood in early medieval Ireland’.
Áine Foley, ‘Ravished and taken by force: Rape and abduction in Ireland during the later medieval period’.

Keynote 5pm: Professor Ruth Karras (Trinity College Dublin):
Chair: Dr Elva Johnston (UCD)
‘Mutilation as Gendered Punishment: State Violence and Sexual Transgression in Medieval Europe’

Registration and further Details available here:

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News: Óenach Reviews 10 (2019-2020)

Our most recent issue of Óenach features the following review:

Rachel Moss, Felicity O’Mahony and Jane Maxwell (eds), An Insular Odyssey. Manuscript Culture in Early Christian Ireland and Beyond. Reviewed by Deborah Hayden (pp. 14–20)

The editors of this volume are to be congratulated for producing a varied and wide-ranging, but also cohesive and rigorous, collection of essays that pay fitting tribute to the scholarship of Bernard Meehan and the work of the TCD Early Irish Manuscripts project. The book will be of interest to a broad audience of academics specialising in various aspects of early and later medieval Irish manuscript culture, the history of liturgy, missionary activity, and the transmission of ideas between the Insular world and centres of learning on the European continent. In addition, however, it is also a valuable and accessible resource for members of the wider public who wish to explore in more depth some of the most famous manuscript treasures held in the library of Trinity Dublin.

An Insular Odyssey is currently available half-price from Four Courts Press:

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News: NUI Publication Prizes for Irish History

Irish Historical Research Prize

The Irish Historical Research Prize is offered in alternate years for the best new work of historical research with a significant Irish dimension, which must have been published for the first time, by a graduate of the National University of Ireland. The work, which should be substantial, must be of an original character indicating direct research in historical records. Works previously entered for the Prize are not eligible for consideration.

The Application Form, Regulations, and FAQs are available from
The deadline for applications is Friday, 9 April 2021

NUI Publication Prize in Irish History

The NUI Publication Prize in Irish History, first introduced as an NUI Centennial Award in 2008, is offered for competition in alternate years to graduates of the National University of Ireland of doctoral status. Works eligible to be considered for the Prize must be published as a first sole author book following the conferral of a doctoral degree. The work, which should be substantial, must be of an original character indicating direct research in historical records.

The Application Form, Regulations, and FAQs are available from
The deadline for applications is Friday, 9 April 2021.

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NEWS: NUI Travelling Doctoral Studentships 2021

NUI Travelling Doctoral Studentships
Deadline for applications 12 March 2021

The NUI Travelling Doctoral Studentship Scheme is one of the University’s longest running competitions and has been in existence since 1910. Funded by the University from its own resources, it continues an earlier scheme established by the Royal University of Ireland, which preceded NUI.

The NUI Travelling Doctoral Studentship Scheme has as its main objectives:

  1. to encourage the most able students in the NUI federal system to pursue research;
  2. to enable these students to undertake postgraduate research abroad, in the most reputable universities, towards a doctoral degree, or
  3. to enable students registered in NUI institutions participating in international partnerships to undertake substantial research periods overseas as part of their doctoral studies;
  4. to attract these scholars back to enrich the learning community within NUI.

In 2021, the maximum value of a full Travelling Doctoral Studentship will be €24,000 per annum to include a stipend of €16,000 and a contribution towards fees of up to €8,000, where appropriate.

The competition for the Travelling Doctoral Studentships in the Humanities & Social Sciences and the Travelling Doctoral Studentships in the Sciences are now open.

NUI is aware of the impact that the COVID-19 emergency is having on academic life both in Ireland and internationally. NUI is committed to providing ongoing funding and support to its awards recipients at this challenging time, and understands that travel plans may be amended during or after the application process.

The deadline for applications is Friday, 12 March 2021.

Further details available:

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