Seminar Series

Each year, we fund up to five one-day research seminars in any area of sociology to share and produce imaginative cutting-edge work of cultural and social significance. An important aim of the seminar series is to produce papers that will result in publications of interest to the readership of the Sociological Review. We seek proposals that involve collaborations across institutions and disciplines, bring together established and new researchers, and connect sociology to wider communities and the arts.

The call for applications is currently closed. The next round of applications will open in May 2020.

Guidance for applicants

  • Each year we support two separate one-day symposia (max. £2,000 per symposium) and one themed seminar series consisting of three linked symposia (max. £6,000), taking place in the United Kingdom.
  • The scheme is advertised in the summer for seminar series and symposia taking place the following year. Applications should be submitted through the online 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 November. 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.
  • Delegates must not be charged a fee for attending.
  • Budgets should include details of planned expenditure on: catering; room booking(s); travel, accommodation and per diem allowances for those presenting papers or acting as discussants; travel grants for Early Career Researchers; administrative and organisational support (e.g. student helpers); any other items, with details of why they are necessary.
  • Funds must not be used 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 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 post for the Sociological Review blog.
  • 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. Award holders will join the open competition for this opportunity with all other applicants.

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