As part of our commitment to increasing diversity and inclusion within British aesthetics and philosophy of art, the British Society of Aesthetics will bestow a New Horizons Award to the best paper submitted to the Annual Conference by a member of a group traditionally underrepresented in philosophical aesthetics. The winner will receive a £1000 honorarium and a travel grant of up to £1000 to attend the conference, and will be encouraged to revise the paper for submission to the British Journal of Aesthetics.


  • Applicants should be postgraduate students or early career researchers (either having received their PhD not more than 7 years before the submission deadline, or not yet in permanent employment);
  • Applicants should be members of an underrepresented group, including but not limited to: BAME; disabled; trans/non-binary gender identity; low socioeconomic status; first in their family to attend university.

Applying for the Award:

  • Applicants should submit a paper on any topic for the Annual Conference anonymously according to the instructions for submission here (deadline 13 March 2023);
  • Applicants should then complete the online form here explaining how they meet the eligibility requirements.
  • Please note that the Equity and Diversity Committee may request further information.

Decision procedure:

  • After the Programme Committee has chosen papers for the conference, the list is provided to the Equity and Diversity Committee. If there are eligible applicants on the list, the Equity and Diversity Committee will decide which paper is best.

Data protection:

  • With respect to personal data, the BSA follows the requirements of the GDPR/Data Protection Act 2018:
  • The purpose of the collection of data is to ascertain eligibility for the Award, which the BSA Trustees consider a proportionate means of achieving the Society’s aim of encouraging and enabling underrepresented groups to participate in philosophical aesthetics;
  • We request the minimum amount of data relevant to our purpose;
  • We make every effort to ensure accuracy;
  • We limit the storage of the data, deleting all personal information once the list of eligible submitters has been determined (though we retain anonymized statistics);
  • We use only data that has been provided with explicit consent;
  • Data concerning protected characteristics is deployed solely for assessing eligibility for the Award, with appropriate safeguards and without sharing the data outside the Trustees Committee;
  • We deploy appropriate security measures to protect the data, including encryption and anonymization.

If you have any questions about the requirements or procedures, please contact the BSA Manager, Caroline Auty, at