Early Career Small Research Grants

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of BISA in 2015, the Association announced the launch of the BISA Early Career Small Research Grants scheme(EC-SMRs). Now entering third year, the grants are open to applicants in their early career (five years maximum between the date showing on the PhD certificate and the application deadline). Applicants must be based within a UK higher education institution (HEI) and must be a current, early career member of the BISA and throughout the duration of the grant (please note that applicants may join the BISA as members at the same time as applying for the grant). The proposed research must be in International Studies or a subfield, and the researcher should have a background in International Studies or be currently working in this discipline.
Value per grant: up to £3,000.
Timeframe: Maximum time span of 1 year and reporting conditions apply
No. of grants available per year: Three (BISA reserves the right not to award grants in any given year)
Application process:  a two stage application process applies, please ensure you have read the grant guidelines below carefully, before raising any queries through the BISA office.
Please send all applications and any queries to the BISA office
Key Dates
Application deadline (Stage 1 selection round): 14th November 2018 4.00pm 
Invites to the Stage 2 application round will be sent out during the week beginning 10th December 2018
Application deadline (Stage 2 selection round - by invite only): 11th January 2019 4.00pm 
Notification of the grant awards will be sent out during the week beginning 4th March 2019 
Relevant Documents

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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