Wednesday, April 06, 2005

The Difference Between British and American Awards

I have been doing some research on both British and American doctoral grants and awards, and I have noticed certain tendencies.

Instructions for American awards usually go like this:
Tell us, in twenty words or less, why you like sauce. Send it in on a postcard. Winners will be given a $50,000 award annually for twenty years. All other entrants will be given a one-time stipend of $20,000, raised to $30,000 if you say "pretty please with sugar on top".

Instructions for a British award usually proceeds thusly:
Write a monograph which changes your scholarly field for all time; single volumes may be eligible, but past recipients have typically contained at least 35 volumes (not including the five volume index). Winners will be awarded £50 and will receive a (photocopied) congratulatory letter from the undersecretary of the subdean for academic affairs from St. Swythan's College.

Or maybe I'm exaggerating a little.

Enlarged to show texture. Results may vary. And always remember to void wherever prohibited by law.


Blogger Sarah Dylan Breuer said...

Having done graduate work in Britain and the U.S., I'd say your observation is right on target!

(BTW, the URL for my lectionary blog has changed to http://www.sarahlaughed.net/lectionary/ -- I'd be grateful if you could change the link! Thanks.)

Friday, April 08, 2005 1:15:00 AM  

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