Early Career Small Research Grants

The Early Career Small Research Grants were launched in 2015 in celebration of BISA's 40th anniversary,
The grants are open to UK-based BISA members in their early career (five years maximum between the date showing on your PhD certificate and the application deadline). The proposed research must be in International Studies or a related sub-field.
Value per grant: up to £3,000.
Timeframe: Maximum time span of 1 year
No. of grants available per year: Three (BISA reserves the right not to award grants in any given year)
Application process: a Word form is available at the link below. This application form should be returned to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 4.00pm on Friday 29 November 2019. Applications will be considered by the BISA Research sub-committee at its meeting in mid-December. Notification of outcomes will be sent out in January 2020.
A report to BISA is required at the conclusion of the award. Details will be provided with the award notification. 
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2018 Recipients
  • Dr Gillian McFadyen (Aberystwyth University) This research project focuses on Refugees in Britain: Practices of Hospitality and Labelling.
  • Dr Katherine Wright (Newcastle University) This research project explores Civil society perceptions of NATO: What place for Women, Peace and Security?
2017 Recipients
  • Dr Julia Schmidt (University of Exeter) This research project explores Regional Organisations and the Responsibility to Protect: The Case of the European Union
  • Dr Hannes Hansen-Magnusson (Cardiff University) This research project focuses on Discovering Common Ground in International Forums (DISCOINFORM)
  • Dr Holly Eva Ryan (Manchester Metropolitan University) This research project examines The Art of International Friendship
2016 Recipients
  • Dr Richard Johnson (University of Strathclyde) This research seeks to investigate arms transfer policies of the United Kingdom and, in turn, compare policy versus practice in arms transfers occurring since the end of World War II.
  • Dr Edward Wastnidge (Open University) For the purposes of this pilot study, the question will be how are instruments managed by the Iranian state used to channel its influence among the global Shi’i community?



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