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PALA Roger Fowler Fund

The PALA Roger Fowler Fund exists to support the work of postgraduate students in stylistics and related areas. The fund operates with only a small amount of money and current activities are restricted to small bursaries to support the costs of postgraduate students who are giving papers at the annual PALA conference.

Money is raised for the fund by donations from PALA members and others. One way of raising funds is for PALA members to give an amount from fees, royaltes or gratuities which they may receive in their professional work in addition to their salaries. Please note that neither PALA nor the fund are currently registered as charities.

In 2006 Geoffrey Leech and Mick Short won the PALA 25 book prize, and generously donated the total amount of their £1000 prize to the PALA Roger Fowler Fund.

If you wish to donate money to the PALA Roger Fowler Fund for student bursaries for the annual conference, please use the button below:

If you have any questions, please get in touch with the PALA Treasurer, Dan Mcintyre, by emailing dan.mcintyre at

Further information on postgraduate student bursaries for the PALA annual conference can be found at the bursaries information page.

PALA Mary Ellen Ryder Fund

Members of PALA were shocked and distressed to hear of the sudden death of Mary Ellen Ryder in August 2008. Boise State University, where Mary Ellen was a Professor for twenty years, has set up a student scholarship scheme in her honour. Details can be found in a news release from the University.

All of the possessions of Mary Ellen and her partner, Peter, were destroyed in the fire. PALA members are collecting photos of Mary Ellen to help her family and friends, and to help us, to remember her. You can see the photos at Please send any more photos that you have to martin.wynne at

After consultation with Mary Ellen's family and friends, we have agreed to set up an opportunity for PALA members to contribute to a student scholarship fund to assist with attending PALA conferences and other events. Please click on the donate button below and follow the instructions to make a payment to the PALA Mary Ellen Ryder Fund. There are numerous payment options, and you don't have to be a member of Paypal.

For donations up to the value of £1,500.00 GBP an administrative charge of 3.4% + £0.20 is made by Paypal. PALA finds that this is the most convenient and cost-effective way to collect payments. However, if you prefer, an alternative way to pay is to send a sterling cheque from a UK bank by post to the PALA treasurer (see the committee page.

The PALA committee will use the money to complement the existing small bursaries scheme. If you have any questions, please get in touch with the PALA Treasurer.

Students and friends of Mary Ellen have set up a Facebook group for remembering her, and have invited PALA members to join, or just read a few stories from her students. If you are a member of Facebook, you can view the group here.