Funding opportunity: mid-career fellowship from the Independent Social Research Foundation

Research and Innovation Development Office

Category: Fellowships

17 January 2018

The Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) has opened its fourth call for mid-career fellowship applications.

This is an exciting and rare opportunity offering those researchers within the ISRF's remit a boost at that critical point in their careers. As we discussed in our recent Research Funding Observatory seminars, this type of personal award can often be the catalyst to push you onto bigger and better things.

  • Applicants should have received their PhD at least ten years before application.
  • Applicants are expected to hold a salaried position at an institution of higher education and research.

The fellowship rewards successful applicants with up to £60,000 (for UK applicants) spread over up to 12 months, designed to relieve the fellow from their teaching and other commitments. It creates time and space for the fellow to dedicate themselves fully to their research project, allowing the production of numerous research outputs.

Applications are competitive, and follow a relatively standard format. According to the call page, applicants will submit:

"A completed application form, to include:
  • An Abstract (300 words) of the research’s aims, methods, contribution to knowledge, and value in realising the goals of ISRF.
  • A completed Research Project Proposal form (1750 words total; 250 words per section)
  • A Budget comprising a full outline of employment costs. If matched-funded research expenses are included for consideration, an explanation should be given as to why these are deemed necessary.
A curriculum vitae
  • Including a list of publications
A Letter of Support from a recognised scholar in the applicant’s field of interest, covering:
  • The applicant’s status (personal academic reference).
  • The research proposed (brief comment on how this meets the ISRF criteria).
  • Why the research would not be funded by existing resources."

If you're interested in this scheme, let us know!

Deadline for applications: 16 February 2018, 4pm.


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