Each year we allocate almost £150,000 to support our members. Our three individual funds are tailored to provide support at each stage of your academic career. We also give grants to each of our working groups and to our Postgraduate Network (PGN).

To be eligible for BISA funding you must be a current member and remain a member throughout the funding period. Your research or teaching should relate to International Studies.

Early Career Small Research Grants (ECSRGs)

What is it? Apply for a grant of up to £3,000 to cover the cost of research expenses.
Application timeline: TBC for 2020/2021
Eligibility: You must have been awarded your PhD within the last five years and you must hold an academic post for the period of the grant.
Period: Awards are tenable for 1-12 months

Founders' Fund

What is it? Apply for a grant of up to £500 to contribute to your personal living costs during your thesis write up period.
Application timeline: Open now
Eligibility: You must be undertaking a PhD in an International Studies subject area and be undertaking the final write up of your thesis (within six months of expected submission date).
Period: Awards are tenable for one year

Learning and Teaching Small Grant

What is it? Apply for funding of up to £3,000 to conduct a discrete piece of research related to pedagogy/teaching.
Application timeline: Postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Period: Awards are tenable for one year

Working group grants

What is it? Each year we are pleased to be able to offer funding of up to £4,500 per group to support working group activities. The amount awarded is based on the number of members the group has, as follows:

  • groups with up to and including 49 members can apply for up to £3,000
  • groups with between 50 and 59 members inclusive can apply for up to £4,000
  • groups with 60 members or more can apply for up to £4,500

You will be notified before the call for yearly grant applications.
Deadline for grant applications: Due to the current COVID-19 crisis the funding cycle has been postponed. Further information will be confirmed in due course and emailed to conveners.
Eligibility: Grant applications must be made by the conveners of each working group. You must have detailed plans for the funds requested and provide a detailed budget. You'll be notified about the number of members your group has.
Joint applications between working groups are welcomed.

You can also read working group guidance or find out more general information about our working groups.

Postgraduate Network support

What is it? Each year we provide funding of up to £5,600 to the PGN.
Deadline for applications: None. The PGN committee request funds on an ongoing basis throughout the year.

All the above awards are subject to terms and conditions and these should be read before application. By making an application you are agreeing to abide by the current terms and conditions. Please note that terms and conditions are subject to change from time to time.

"BISA bursaries have been particularly useful to aid my attendance and participation in key conferences, the product of which not only aided refining my research ideas through feedback, but also facilitated collaboration and networking with colleagues."
Tarela Ike, BISA member and funding recipient
Tarela Ike
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