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Grant applications open now!

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Applications for this year’s BISA Early-Career Small Research Grants (ECSRGs) and Learning and Teaching Small Grants are now open. Apply by Friday 25 November at 5pm (UK time). Our third fund for individuals – the Founders’ Fund for PhD students - is open all year round so take a look at that too.

Each year we spend three times as much as membership income received on working group and PGN activities, as well as providing funding to support our members. Our three individual funds are tailored to provide support at each stage of your academic career.

The ECSRGs provide up to £3,000 per grant for research in International Studies or a related sub-field. Last year Dr Tarela Ike from Teeside University was awarded an ECSRG to conduct research on ‘Trauma Informed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Reintegration in Nigeria’. The research is taking place in collaboration with a teaching hospital in Nigeria and the University of Nottingham.

Dr Anna Meier from the University of Nottingham was also awarded an ECSRG in the last round of applications, to conduct research on ‘The Idea of Terror: White Supremacist Violence and the Making of Counterterrorism’ The grant money is allowing Anna to conduct interviews that she was unable to complete at the end of her PhD due to the impact of Covid-19.

"A BISA Early-Career Small Research Grant funded the first stages of a project to explore alternative approaches to organisation beyond and outside of nation states. It enabled a ten week period of time to be spent working alongside and learning from displaced people, NGOs and activists filling support gaps in one of the European Union’s border regions, the Aegean island of Samos in Greece."
Gemma Bird, ECSRG recipient 2020

You can find more information and the application form on the ECSRG webpage.

The Learning and Teaching Small Grants  are provided to support a discrete piece of international studies related teaching activity and/or pedagogic research. The value of the award is up to £3,000. Last year, Dr Jane Kirkpatrick from the University of the West of England (UWE) was awarded a Learning and Teaching Small Grant to undertake a project titled ‘Unlocking the potential for videogames as a tool for teaching international studies’. The project will contribute to conversations on the use of novel mediums, popular culture, and pedagogical methods and we’re looking forward to seeing the results.

You can find more information and the application form on the Learning and Teaching Small Grants webpage.

The deadline for both the ECSRGs and Learning and Teaching Small Grants is Friday 25 November at 5pm (UK time).

Our Founders’ Fund is open year-round (or until the funds granted reach the budgeted amount). Each applicant to the Founders’ Fund can apply for a grant of up to £500 to contribute to personal living costs during the thesis write up period.

You can find out more about the Founders’ Fund on the webpage, including eligibility criteria.