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Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies

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The Centre for Caribbean Studies was established in October 1984 with assistance from the Leverhulme Trust and the Nuffield Foundation. It was the first such Centre in the UK to recognise the significance of the Caribbean region and its historically interdependent linkages with the UK and the world. Its principal aim is to stimulate teaching and research on the Caribbean. It also encourages the study of the Caribbean in an Atlantic context, emphasising African, North and South American, Asian and European influences from a comparative, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspective. Additionally, it serves as a national forum for individuals and organisations with an interest in and concern for the diaspora as well as those countries bordering the Caribbean.

In 2010 on its 25th anniversary, the Centre was re-named the Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies in honour of the Guyanese philanthropist and businessman and in recognition of his long association with and support for the Centre, which has grown to become one of Europe’s leading institutions for Caribbean scholarship.

The current director of the Centre is Dr Fabienne Manicom (Hispanic Studies)


Funding is available to support research in the Caribbean by postgraduate students at the University of Warwick. The funding will contribute towards expenses, such as travel to and subsistence in the Caribbean. A maximum of £2000 will be awarded to an individual student. The deadline for applications is 1 April 2020.

This Bursary is named after Gad Heuman who was the long-standing Professor of Caribbean History and Director of the Centre for Caribbean Studies at the University, and is now an Emeritus Professor.

Only postgraduates conducting research on the Caribbean and studying at the University of Warwick are eligible to apply. The research funded must be completed by 30 September 2020.



Applicants must provide a short statement (maximum 500 words) detailing their current research proposal, indicating how they would benefit directly from a short period of study in the Caribbean; a brief biographical statement, including a CV and a budget

Applications should be sent by 1 April 2020 as electronic attachments (as .doc or .pdf files) to:

Lisa Cook, Secretary of the Yesu Persaud Centre for

Caribbean Studies, at

For further information go to


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