Supporting ECR conference attendance

Since 2015 we have been running an annual competition to provide funds of up to £1000 per applicant for unfunded PhD students and postdocs (within three years of completion) to facilitate their attendance of, and participation in conferences. This was in recognition of the difficulties faced by ECRs in raising the funds required to take part in these events.

We welcome applications from early career scholars around the world, working in disciplines across the social sciences, to facilitate their attendance of, and participation in conferences. Applications are evaluated by a team of reviewers drawn from The Sociological Review editorial board.

The competition is announced in autumn to support conference attendance the following year.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must demonstrate that they plan to give a paper at the conference taking place in the year 2019
  • Applicants must not be in receipt of other funds such as DTC, University and ESRC scholarships, postdoctoral funding with specific allowance for conference attendance.
  • Applicants must not be in permanent academic position or in receipt of a full-time wage. However, we will accept applications from ECRs on a teaching only fellowship on a full-time wage with a contract for 12 month or less who are not given access to institutional or research council conference funding.
  • Postdoctoral applicants must be within three years of the award of their PhD.
  • You have not received this conference award in previous years.
  • The funding cannot be split across different conferences.

Applications for conference funding are currently open. Submit your application here. Deadline for applications is Friday 30th November 2018, 17.00 GMT. We cannot accept late applications under any circumstances.

Previous recipients



In 2017 we received applications from 125 ECRs and awarded and awarded 10 grants:


In 2016 we received application from 122 ECRs and awarded 10 grants. You can read more about the recipients and their experiences below.


In the first year of the scheme, we received 120 applications and awarded 12 grants in total. Seven went to final stage PhD students – privileging people who had not been in receipt of research council or university funding to support their PhDs – and five to postdocs. The recipients were:

  • Christy Kulz to attend the Journal of Youth Studies conference
  • Emilie Whitaker to attend 10th International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis
  • Fouzia Choudry to attend Glyndwr University & Staffordshire University Joint Researcher Development Conference
  • Francisco Calafate-Faria to attend Brazilian Society of Sociology’s 17th National Conference of Sociology
  • Gillian McFadyen to attend European International Studies Association (EISA) 9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations
  • Hannah Botsis Allan to attend International Society for Theoretical Psychology conference
  • Harriet Gray to attend British Sociological Association Conference
  • Marie-Eve Hamel to attend The 20th Annual ASN World Conference
  • Patricia Schor to attend RC21 Conference 2015
  • Rose Holyoak to attend Sexual Cultures 2: Academia meets Activism
  • Sydney Calkin to attend 9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations
  • Tim Braunholtz-Speight to attend European Society for Rural Sociology