Independent Social Research Foundation Grant Competition

Closing date: 15 February 2019

The Independent Social Research Foundation wishes to support independent-minded researchers to explore and present original research ideas which take new approaches, and suggest new solutions, to real world social problems.

The ISRF seeks to fund innovative research which breaks with existing explanatory frameworks so as to address afresh empirical problems with no currently adequate theory or investigative methodology. Innovation may also come from controversial theoretical approaches motivated by critical challenge of incumbent theories. Interdisciplinarity in the generation of new investigative initiatives may be achieved by combining and transforming empirical methods and theoretical insights from the social sciences. Projects ranging across the breadth of the social scientific disciplines and interdisciplinary research fields are welcome, and relevant applications from scholars working within the humanities and the natural sciences are also encouraged.

Early Career Fellowships

Scholars from within Europe are eligible to apply - applicants should be within 10 years of PhD award, and they will normally have a permanent appointment at an institution of higher education and research.

The amount of an award depends on the nature of the work proposed and individual circumstances - the ISRF expects applications for grants up to a maximum of £50,000 sterling to buy-out the cost of all teaching and associated administration in the applicant's home institution for up to 12 months.

The ISRF intends to launch it's Fifth Early Career Fellowships competition on 07th January 2019, with a deadline on 15th February 2019.

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