Kick Start Grants

As part of its support for early career researchers, The Sociological Review Foundation has allocated an annual budget of £30,000 for ‘kick start’ grants.

We typically expect to fund projects at £3000-5000 (however we accept applications for grants of up to £10,000).

The scheme is designed to support individuals or small teams of early career researchers pursuing field-based sociological research. We support discrete research projects and/or ‘pump-priming’ activities (for example pilot studies, developing networks for larger grant proposals). Project proposals must have clear, well-defined and independent outcomes. The grant is for new research projects only and cannot be used to subsidise an existing project

The application deadline is Monday 30 April 17.00 GMT


Application process

Applications should be submitted by e-mail to Professor David Evans ( by Monday 30th April 2018 17.00 GMT. Applications must include:

Selection process

Applications will be assessed against an agreed set of criteria, including:

A panel of Sociological Review editorial board members will assess applications. No additional peer review and no interviews will be held for this award.

We aim to communicate decisions by July 30th 2018.

Conditions of the award

All research must be carried out ethically and in accordance with the Social Research Association ethical guidelines. Funding for primary field research is conditional on securing ethical approval from the host institution.

Questions and informal inquiries can be made to David Evans ( ahead of preparing an application.