The Sociological Review Foundation makes available up to £10,000 each year to fund the organisation of scholarly seminars on any subject broadly within the publishing interests of the journal. It particularly supports research seminar series and/or research symposia that bring together established and new researchers to share and produce imaginative cutting-edge work of cultural and social significance. We seek proposals that involve collaborations across institutions and disciplines and welcome those that connect to wider communities and the arts.
As part of the foundation’s mission to serve and enhance the future sociological community, seminars and symposia should be open to members of sociological teaching groups in colleges and schools. For example, a number of places could either be made available to local colleges / 6th forms or sessions could be video recorded and offered to these audiences.
Guidance for applicants
- Each year we support (a) one themed seminar series (3 or more linked symposia of 4-6 speakers), allocating up to £6000, and (b) provide 2 separate grants of up to £2000 for one-day symposia taking place in the United Kingdom.
- The scheme will be advertised in Autumn for seminar series and symposia taking place the following year. Applications for funding 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 February. The sum awarded will be available for expenditure at any time during that 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. It is expected that delegates will not be charged a fee for attending. Budgets should include details of planned expenditure on: Catering; booking of room(s); travel, accommodation and per diem allowances for those presenting papers or acting as discussants; travel grants for Early Career Researchers in need; administrative and organisational support (e.g. student helpers); any other items with details of why they are necessary.
- Note that the Foundation is a registered charity and will not include in its awards any element for overheads or profit generation. The intention is to fund seminars which could not otherwise take place.
- Awards will usually 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 blogpost for the Sociological Review blog.
The deadline for applications for 2017 seminars has now passed. Please stay tuned for a list of confirmed seminar events, once successful applications are finalised.