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 three years of completion) to facilitate their attendance of, and participation in conferences. This was in recognition of the difficulties faced by ECRs in raising the funds required to take part in these events.

We welcome applications from early career scholars 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.

The competition is announced in autumn to support conference attendance 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 such as DTC, University and ESRC scholarships, postdoctoral funding with specific allowance for conference attendance or be in permanent academic position
  3. Postdoctoral applicants must be within three 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 open. Submit your application here. The deadline is 1st December 2017.

Previous recipients


In 2017 we received applications from 125 ECRs and awarded and awarded 10 grants:


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. Seven went to final stage PhD students – privileging people who had not been in receipt of research council or university funding to support their PhDs – and five to postdocs. The recipients were: