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

Applications for conference funding are currently open. Submit your application here. Deadline for applications is Friday 30th November 2018, 17.00 GMT. We cannot accept late applications under any circumstances.

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: