Conference funding

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.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Applicants must demonstrate that they plan to give a paper at the conference;
  2. 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;
  3. Postdoctoral applicants must be within 3 years of the award of their PhD.
  4. 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.

Applications for conference funding are currently closed. Please check back again later in the year.

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.


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: