Seminar Series

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.

The funding to run a single seminar or a series is offered annually through open competition to both widen the scope and readership of the TSR and provide the opportunity for scholars, early career researchers and research groups to benefit from connection and collaboration with TSR.

The deadline for applications for 2018 is Friday 5th October, 2018, 17:00 BST. Further details and an application form are available from The Sociological Review. An application form can be downloaded here. For any enquires regarding the call for proposals and applications for the seminar series, please contact

As part of the Foundation’s mission to serve and enhance the future sociological community, seminars and symposia should also 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 and sixth forms, or sessions could be video recorded and offered to these audiences, in order to support and facilitate the development of Sociology and related disciplines.

Guidance for applicants

  • Each year we support (a) one themed seminar series – three or more linked symposia of 4-6 speakers – allocating up to £6000, and (b) provide two separate grants of up to £2000 for one-day symposia taking place in the United Kingdom.
  • The scheme will be advertised in September 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 December. 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 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 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.
  • Seminar Series 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. Seminar series award holders will join the open competition for this opportunity with all other applicants.