Early Career Research Conference Funding 2017 for PhD and Post-Doctorial Students

Publish Date: Nov 18, 2016

Deadline: Jan 31, 2017


Since 2015 we have been running an annual competition to provide funds of up to £1000 per applicant for unfunded PhD students and postdocs (within 3 years of completion) to facilitate their attendance and participation of conferences. This was in recognition of the fact that at this early career stage it can be quite difficult to raise the funds required to take part in these events.

We welcome applications from early career scholars based all over the world working in disciplines across the social sciences to facilitate their attendance and participation of conferences. Applications are evaluated by a team of reviewers drawn from The Sociological Review editorial board.

The competition is ordinarily announced in the autumn to support conference attendance in the following year.

2017 Applications

We are pleased to announce the latest round of funding, to support ECR attendance at conferences taking place between 1st March 2017 and 31st December 2017.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must demonstrate that they plan to give a paper at the conference;
  • Applicants must not be in receipt of other funds e.g. DTC, University and ESRC scholarships; postdoctoral funding with specific allowance for conference attendance; permanent academic position;
  • Postdoctoral applicants must be within 3 years of the award of their PhD.
  • You will be expected to provide a 750 word report – of the event or of your paper – for The Sociological Review blog – within one month of the event.

If you meet the criteria and would like to apply, please complete our application form.

The deadline for the 2017 round of funding is 31st January 2017 and all applicants will be informed of the outcome by the end of February.

If you have any queries, please email ecrsupport@srfl.org.

Previous recipients


In 2016 we received application from 122 ECRs and awarded 10 grants. You can read more about the recipients and their experiences below.

  • Ageing in Europe: Beyond the Work Centered Life Course by Zemfira Khamidullina
  • Communicative Intimacies: Influencers and Perceived Interconnectedness by Crystal Abidin
  • A Short Story of How I Started Writing My Way Back from Fieldwork by Tatiana Sanchez Parra
  • What Does Heritage Change? by Nuala Morse
  • Political Participation on Both Sides of the Pond by Jakob Hartl
  • Visual Research Methods and Visual Ethnographies by Abigail Hackett
  • Discussing the “refugee crisis” at the 21st ASN Convention by Marco Mogiani
  • Global Societies, Fragmenting and Connecting at the BSA 2016 by Michael R.M. Ward
  • Global Societies: Fragmenting and Connecting by Rebecca Fish
  • Exceptionalising intersectionality in texts for domestic abuse survivors by Abigael Candelas


In the first year of the scheme, we received 120 applications and awarded 12 grants in total, 7 to final stage PhD students - privileging people who had not been in receipt of research council or university funding to support their PhDs and 5 to postdocs. The recipients were:

  • Christy Kulz to attend the Journal of Youth Studies conference
  • Emilie Whitaker to attend 10th International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis
  • Fouzia Choudry to attend Glyndwr University & Staffordshire University Joint Researcher Development Conference
  • Francisco Calafate-Faria to attend Brazilian Society of Sociology’s 17th National Conference of Sociology
  • Gillian McFadyen to attend European International Studies Association (EISA) 9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations
  • Hannah Botsis Allan to attend International Society for Theoretical Psychology conference
  • Harriet Gray to attend British Sociological Association Conference
  • Marie-Eve Hamel to attend The 20th Annual ASN World Conference
  • Patricia Schor to attend RC21 Conference 2015
  • Rose Holyoak to attend Sexual Cultures 2: Academia meets Activism
  • Sydney Calkin to attend 9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations
  • Tim Braunholtz-Speight to attend European Society for Rural Sociology

For more official information click "Further official information" below.

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