- Ernst Keller European Humanities Travelling Fellowship from the Australian Academy of the Humanities.
- Visiting Fellowship at Chawton House Library former home of Jane Austen, in the United Kingdom.
- 2012-13 Research Association in Women’s Studies in Religion Program from Harvard Divinity School
Gemma has been awarded a prestigious Ernst Keller European Humanities Travelling Fellowship by the Australian Academy of the Humanities from a very competitive field of early career researchers. The Fellowship allows Gemma to undertake archival research in Paris for a number of projects, including her forthcoming biography of Napoleon Bonaparte for Routledge’s ‘Historical Biographies’ series.
In June 2012, Gemma will take up a one-month Visiting Fellowship at Chawton House Library, former home of Jane Austen, in the United Kingdom. While there, she will be writing an article on the French novelist Adélaïde de Souza and will present her research at the University of Southampton’s Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Visiting Fellows at Chawton stay on the Estate and have access to the Library’s unique resources on early women’s writing.
Gemma has also been chosen to be a 2012-13 Research Associate in the Women’s Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School. The Program promotes the interdisciplinary study of women and religion and appoints five full-time Research Associates each year. During her ten-month residency, Gemma will finish the adaption of her PhD on the suppression of convents during the French Revolution for publication. She will also present her research at a public lecture and will be teaching a one-semester course for the Harvard Divinity School on ‘Power, politics, and female religious orders in European history’.