Call for Applications: The Sociological Review Seminar Series 2020

The Sociological Review Foundation (SRF) makes available up to £10,000 each year to fund the organisation of scholarly seminars on any subject broadly within the publishing interests of the journal. It particularly supports research seminar series and/or research symposia that bring together established and new researchers to share and produce imaginative cutting-edge work of cultural and social significance. We seek proposals that involve collaborations across institutions and disciplines and welcome those that connect to wider communities and the arts.

The funding to run a single seminar or a series is offered annually through open competition to both widen the scope and readership of the TSR and provide the opportunity for scholars, early career researchers and research groups to benefit from connection and collaboration with The Sociological Review (TSR).

The deadline for applications for events held in 2020 is Friday 30th August, 2019, 17.00 BST. An application form and future guidelines are available for download here

As part of the Foundation’s mission to serve and enhance the future sociological community, seminars and symposia should also be open to members of sociological teaching groups in colleges and schools. For example, a number of places could either be made available to local colleges and sixth forms, or sessions could be video recorded and offered to these audiences, in order to support and facilitate the development of Sociology and related disciplines.

Guidance for applicants

Each year we support (a) one themed seminar series –  or two to three linked symposia – allocating up to £2000 per event, for events taking place in the United Kingdom.

The scheme is usually advertised in May for events taking place the following year. Applications for funding should be submitted through the application form. Decisions on applications will be made by the Sociological Review Foundation on the advice of a sub-committee and notified to applicants by end of September. The sum awarded will be available for expenditure at any time during the following calendar year.

Applications must set out details of the proposed seminar(s), themes to be addressed, details of proposed speakers (together with an indication of whether the speakers have been approached and given any commitment to participate), and a budget for the event.

It is expected that funding will provide for room and equipment hire, consumables, hospitality, travel and accommodation expenses for speakers.

It is expected that delegates will not be charged a fee for attending.

Budgets should include details of planned expenditure on: Catering; booking of room(s); travel, accommodation and per diem allowances for those presenting papers or acting as discussants; travel grants for Early Career Researchers in need; administrative and organisational support (e.g. student helpers); any other items, with details of why they are necessary.

Note that the Foundation is a registered charity and will not include in its awards any element for overheads or profit generation nor co-fund seminars for which funding is made available from elsewhere. The intention is to fund seminars which could not otherwise take place. Awards will usually be paid to the higher education institution which employs the applicant(s) or the institution where the seminar is being held if this is different.

Successful applicants are required to write a report on the event to be submitted no later than one month after the event (in the case of a series of events, a report on each event must be submitted) and to write a blogpost for the Sociological Review blog.

Seminar Series award holders are encouraged to submit a proposal for a special issue/monograph from the successful seminar series. However, please note, the award of funding is accompanied by no guarantee of publication in the journal. Seminar series award holders will join the open competition for this opportunity with all other applicants.

All applications will be reviewed by a team of Sociological Review editorial board members drawn from a variety of research interests and career stages. Please note, the panel’s decision is final and due to the volume of applications that we receive, we regret that we are unable to offer individual feedback. If you have applied for funding for 3 linked seminar, you may be offered funding to organise all three or either one or two of the proposed events. 

If you have any questions on the Seminar Series competition please contact us on

Previous Winners


After Progress

Three linked seminars organised by Martin Savransky and Craig Lundy (London)

Artful Fat 

One seminar organised by Karen Throsby and Bethan Evans (Leeds)

Anti-Racist and ‘Decolonial’ Activism in the Academy and Beyond

One seminar organised by Ala Sirriyeh, Remi Joseph-Salisbury, Hannah Jones, Meleisa Ono-George, Vanessa Hughes, (Liverpool)


Welfare Imaginaries

Three seminars organised by Tracey Jensen, Kayleigh Garthwaite, Ruth Patrick, Sara De Benedictis and Kim Allen (Lancaster, Birmingham, Liverpool, Brunel and Leeds).

New Ethnographic Contexts 

One seminar organised by Dimitrios Theodossopoulos, Tom Bell and Dawn Lyon (Kent).

Put to the Test 

One seminar organised by Noortje Marres and David Stark (Warwick).


Transnational Family Justice in Migration Crises

Organised by Yang Hu, Daniel Nehring, Karen Broadhurst and Eleonore Kofman in a seminar at Lancaster University

The Future of eSports: Challenging Work and Gender Issues in the UK’s Professional Computer Gaming Industry

Organised by Tom Brock, Mark Johnson and Jamie Woodcock in a seminar at Manchester Metropolitan University.

A Sociology of contemporary Chinese Motilities: Educating China on the Move

Organised by Xu Lingling, Catherine Montgomery and Cora Xu in three seminars at Keele University, UCL Institute of Education and University of Bath.

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