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The David Nicholls Awards

The David Nicholls Memorial Trust is committed to assisting original research about Caribbean societies, and the region at large, and has established several awards in memory of David Nicholls. The Trust is delighted to fund the David Nicholls Memorial Essay Prize awarded every two years by the Society for Caribbean Studies. The David Nicholls Scholarship was established to enable a postgraduate student to complete doctoral research at the University of Warwick. This scholarship is no longer running, but a limited number of annual awards are available to support Caribbean-related research projects – further details are given below. These awards have been made possible by a generous donation from Aileen Sleigh. 

Research Awards

Applications for the following research awards are currently invited for the annual closing date of 1st April. The proposed research should be completed within six months of the specified start date, and within twelve months of the original application submission date.

Two types of Research Award are available:

1)   The first Research Award (with a maximum award up to £1500) is available to support original research towards a dissertation or thesis that will benefit directly from access to the David Nicholls Memorial Library. Postgraduate students attending universities in the UK or overseas are eligible to apply.

Applicants should state clearly how the proposed research will benefit from extended access to The David Nicholls Memorial Library, which is housed at Regent’s Park College, Oxford. This contains David’s personal library, including research notes and his published materials on Haiti, Trinidad and modern politics in the Caribbean, as well as an extensive collection of publications on Caribbean societies, politics and theology. The library catalogue is augmented annually by acquisitions of new publications on current Caribbean research from across the Social Sciences and Humanities. Applicants may also indicate how their research might benefit from access to material housed in other libraries in Oxford. Of particular note are the archives of the Baptist Missionary Society (including material from Haiti, Trinidad and Jamaica) in Regent’s Park College, as well as materials on the Americas in the Bodleian Libraries. Details of the holdings at Oxford can be viewed via the Bodleian Libraries catalogue. 

This award is intended as a contribution towards expenses such as travel to and subsistence in Oxford; library fees, or copying charges for material in the David Nicholls Memorial Library. Applications are particularly welcome from students in the Caribbean.

2)    The second Research Award (with a maximum award up to £1500) is available to support original substantive research and field work in the Caribbean, with a minimum stay of two weeks in the region. Postgraduate students attending academic institutions in the UK are eligible to apply.

This award is intended as a contribution towards expenses such as travel to and subsistence in the Caribbean, and other costs incurred directly in relation to the research project.

Postgraduate students applying for either Research Award must provide:

Complete applications should be sent as electronic attachments (as .doc or .pdf files) to Dr David Howard, Chair, The David Nicholls Memorial Trust by 1st April. No late or retrospective applications will be considered for the current year of submission.

Successful applicants will receive two-thirds of the grant in advance of the project, and one third on completion. All awards must be claimed within six months of the completion of the proposed research visit. A statement of actual expenses with receipts and a 500-word summary of the research results and analysis should be forwarded to the Chair. It is a condition of each Research Award that the support is acknowledged in any subsequent publications or output, which draw directly on work supported by the Trust.The Trustees would be glad to house copies of publications or theses that arise from these awards in the David Nicholls Memorial Library.

Previous Awards


Audra Diptee - Slave children in Jamaica, 1775-1838.  Subsequent publication: Diptee, A. (2006) African children in the British Slave Trade during the late Eighteenth Century Slavery and Abolition 27, 2: 183-196


Gelien Matthews - British West Indian slave resistance within the broader context of the British anti-slavery movement of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Subsequent publication: Matthews, G (2006) Caribbean Slave Revolts and the British Abolitionist Movement. Baton Rouge: LSU Press

Ruth Minott Egglestone - Development of the national pantomime tradition in Jamaica


Tara Inniss - Children’s health in nineteenth century Barbados: the health and welfare of children in a colonial society


Denise Challenger - Freedom, race and sexuality: the control of the female body and sexuality in nineteenth century Barbados


Dwight Mckenzie - An analysis of the public sector reform and modernisation programme in Jamaica


Christina Violeta Jones - Revolution and reaction: Santo Domingo during the Haitian revolution and beyond, 1791-1844

Alejandro E. Gómez - The affective and ideological impact of the Haitian Revolution beyond independence. Subsequent publication: Gómez, A. E. (2006) El síndrome de Saint-Domingue: percepciones y sensibilidades de la Revolución Haitiana en el Gran Caribe (1791-1814) Caravelle 86 : 125-155


Nadine Hunt - The Caribbean trade of Jamaica: the consolidation of Atlantic networks, 1756-1807. Subsequently published as: Hunt, N. ‘Remembering Africans in diaspora: Robert Wedderburn’s ‘Freedom Narrative”. In Olatunji, O. and N. Hunt (eds) (2012) Slavery in Africa and the Caribbean: a history of enslavement and identity since the 18th century. London: I.B. Tauris, 179-198


Karst de Jong - The Irish military presence in Jamaica during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries


Chloé Newcomb Hodgetts - The chemical ecology of Arrow crabs and coral reef heath in Jamaica

Thérèse Yarde - Nature-society relations in Dominica: assessing the natural heritage trail

Mark Tumbridge - Indenture Wreathed in Opium: Asian presence in the Caribbean - literary representations of Indo-Caribbean and Sino-Caribbean subjects from the nineteenth century to the present. PhD thesis, The David Nicholls Doctoral Scholarship, University of Warwick


Molly Crossthwaite - Marine archaeology of Anguilla

Steven C. Wilson - The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States: explaining democratic stability and regional integration


Keira Quinn - Science, non-governmental organisations and disaster risk reduction: knowledge in social context


Jeanette Ehrmann - Enlightenment and state of exception: the Haitian revolution as an event and a critique of European modernity 

Antony Stewart - Tracking foreign intervention through medicine and social science in Haiti, 1900-1950


Melissa Bennett - Picturing the West India Regiments in an age of unrest, civil war and tourism, 1850-1914 

Jack Webb - The spectre of Haiti in the British imagination, 1791–2007


Eve Hayes de la Kalaf - Making foreign nationals: denationalisation, birthright citizenship and the contours of belonging in the contemporary Dominican Republic


Kimberley Thomas - “A sea of islands”: (Re)situating the salt islands of the British Caribbean, 1680-1850

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