Call for Applications: The Sociological Review’s Early Career Researcher Conference Funding 2020

Since 2015 the Sociological Review Foundation (SRF) have been running an annual competition to provide funds of up to £1000 per applicant for unfunded PhD students and postdocs (within three years of completion) to facilitate their attendance of, and participation in conferences. This was in recognition of the difficulties faced by Early Career Researchers (ECRs) in raising the funds required to take part in these events.

We welcome applications from early career scholars (including postgraduate research students) around the world, working in disciplines across the social sciences, to facilitate their attendance of, and participation in conferences. Applications are evaluated by a team of reviewers drawn from The Sociological Review editorial board across a variety of research interests and career trajectories.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must demonstrate that they plan to give a paper at the conference taking place in the year 2020
  • Applicants must not be in receipt of other funds such as DTC, University and ESRC scholarships, postdoctoral funding with specific allowance for conference attendance.
  • Applicants must not be in permanent academic position or in receipt of a full-time wage. However, we will accept applications from ECRs on a teaching only fellowship on a full-time wage with a contract for 12 month or less who are not given access to institutional or research council conference funding.
  • Postdoctoral applicants must be within three years of the award of their PhD (excluding career breaks taken for health or maternity/ paternity leave).
  • You have not received this conference award in previous years.
  • The funding cannot be split across different conferences.

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.

Deadline for applications Friday 29th November 2019, 17.00 GMT. We cannot accept late application under any circumstances.

If you have any queries please email:

Please note, that you cannot be in receipt of more than one of following SRF awards in the same year 2020: ECR conference support 2020, a place at the ECR Writing Retreat 2020. You are entitled to apply for as many SRF awards and activities as desired, however should your application be successful in more than one of the listed above, you will be required to select one award only.

Previous recipients


Ana Carolina Barreto Balthazar, (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)), Postdoctoral researcher, Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Common Wealth (ASA) Annual Conference (UK), How global are right-wing movements: a comparison between UK, US and Brazil

Angeliki Balantani, (University of Essex) Postdoctoral researcher, The International Institute for Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis Conference 2019 (Mannheim, Germany),  The practice of positive evaluation as a transition between tasks in educational interaction.

Carol Ann Dixon, (University of Birmingham), Postdoctoral Researcher, “Afroeuropeans: Black In/Visibilities Contested”:  7th Biennial Network Conference (Lisbon), Transforming Museums in Europe: Three Decolonial Interventions by Yinka Shonibare MBE

Nisa Goksel, (Lund University), Postdoctoral Researcher, Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting (Boston, USA), Gendering Resistance:  Multiple Faces of the Kurdish Women’s Struggle

Nadia Haq, (University of Bristol), PhD researcher, 4th International conference on Communication and Media Studies (Bonn, Germany), Rethinking Media Discourse on British Muslims: Public contestation and the democratic media

Hannah Elizabeth Martin, (Northumbria University), PhD Researcher, The American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting 2019 (Washington, USA), Intersectionality in the archive: power structures, absences and scale in archival research of BAME seafarers in early twentieth century Britain.

Leah McCabe, (University of Edinburgh), PhD Researcher, 3rd European Conference on Domestic Violence (Oslo, Norway), Framing, intersectionality and policy change: Domestic abuse policymaking in Scotland since 1998

Taylor McConnell (University of Edinburgh), PhD researcher, Third Annual Memory Studies Association Conference 2019 (Madrid, Spain), Erasing Yugoslavia, Ignoring Europe: The Perils of the Europeanisation Process in Contemporary Croatian Memory Politics

Alan Santinele Martino, (McMaster University, Ontario), PhD Researcher, Nordic Network on Disability Research Conference (Copenhagen), “I haven’t played that field very much in my life”: The Experiences of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities Navigating Sexual Fields

Jessie Speer, (Syracuse University/Queen Marys), Postdoctoral Researcher, American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting (Washington, USA), Homelessness and the turbulent cycle of displacement


Donna Carmichael: European Social Science History Conference, Culture-led Urban Regeneration and the Challenge of Inclusive Growth

Bernice Loh: International Sociological Association: Changing Demography, Changing Families, Tween girls’ dressing in Singapore: Aspirations, Allowances and Affiliations

Yang Hu: Annual Conference at the Population Association of America, Tween girls’ dressing in Singapore: Aspirations, Allowances and Affiliations

Zachary Levenson: Racial Displacements: Peripheries, Camps, Resistance, Race, Class, and Immorality in a Land Occupation: Struggles over Housing Stigmatization in Post-Apartheid Cape Town

Zheng Liu: The 68th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, Discursive Activism: How Independent Booksellers in China Resist and Exercise Independence

Kathryn Medien: World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies, IVF Cartographies in Palestine / Israel: Gender, Reproduction and Resistance

Susanna Menis: Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, The Moral Rhetoric of a Civilised Society or: Consent- it is a Defence When We Say So

Kevin Pijpers: EASST2018, The Vicarious Infrastructure of the Multitude: Lessons from Innovative Open Networks

Valeria Raimondi, Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geohgraphers 2018, Refugees’ squats as strategies of resistance

Daniel Silver: XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology, How Everyday Radicalism and Contemporary Municipalism Can Create More Democratic Futures

Andy Yuille: British Sociological Association annual conference, Performing the neighbourhood: holding together conflicting identities in community-led planning


Ana Ballesteros Pena: Reflexivity and intersectionality in prison research: 

Andreza Aruska de Souza Santos: Newcomers and old memories: Colonial echoes in a Brazilian cultural heritage site

Annalena Di Giovanni: financial crisis in Turkey

Carole White: Becoming a fisherman today – pathways into fishing and implications for stewardship in the North Norfolk ‘Cromer Crab’ Fishery, UK

Francesca Peruzzo: A genealogy of disability and higher education – disabled selves, disabled practices.

Isabel McIntosh: Mind the Gap: Connecting Across the Chasm

Photini Vrikki: The (dis)connections of a ‘shared society’– Brexit and the social media interruptions producing fluid forms of citizenship

Rachel O’Neill: Technologies of Health – Femininity and Postfeminist Food Politics

Rose Butler: Emplaced emotional labours of settlement and belonging among children from refugee backgrounds in regional Australia

Sophie Rigney: Challenging ‘Patriarchal White Sovereignty’ through Indigenous jurisprudence’


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


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

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