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The Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) Mid-Career Fellowship (MCF7) for European Researchers.

Application Deadline:  28TH MARCH 2024

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.

Eligible Applicants

Scholars from within Europe* are eligible to apply. Applicants will normally hold a full-time or part-time salaried position – which may be permanent or fixed-term – at an Institution of Higher Education and Research. Candidates should be 10 years or more from the year of their PhD award. However, a shorter time from PhD award may exceptionally be considered, if the candidate has other qualifications to be considered as mid-career (these might include: length of appointment to permanent post, seniority, teaching responsibilities). The awards are intended as providing full relief from all teaching duties and all associated academic administration for a period of (up to) one year.

PLEASE NOTE: Eligibility for ISRF funding opportunities is unaffected by Brexit. We continue to encourage applications from scholars working within Europe (geographically defined – so, including those at UK institutions). There is no limitation on the geographical focus of proposed research.

Eligible Applicants

Scholars from within Europe* are eligible to apply. Applicants will normally hold a full-time or part-time salaried position – which may be permanent or fixed-term – at an Institution of Higher Education and Research. Candidates should be 10 years or more from the year of their PhD award. However, a shorter time from PhD award may exceptionally be considered, if the candidate has other qualifications to be considered as mid-career (these might include: length of appointment to permanent post, seniority, teaching responsibilities). The awards are intended as providing full relief from all teaching duties and all associated academic administration for a period of (up to) one year.

PLEASE NOTE: Eligibility for ISRF funding opportunities is unaffected by Brexit. We continue to encourage applications from scholars working within Europe (geographically defined – so, including those at UK institutions). There is no limitation on the geographical focus of proposed research.

Value

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 €100,000 (or GBP equivalent)† to buy-out the cost of all teaching and associated administration in the applicant’s home institution for up to 12 months. Within that sum, reasonable support for research expenses may be considered on a matched-funding basis with the host Institution.

The Research Proposal

All applicants will be expected to provide the following details as part of their proposal:

  • An Abstract of the research’s aims, methods, contribution to knowledge, and value in realising the goals of ISRF (300 words)
  • The Research Topic: The project’s focus, problem, or question (250 words)
  • Background: Established theses or paradigms in the field and their limitations in relation to the Research Topic (250 words)
  • Project Thesis: In contrast to established theses, your hypotheses or innovative claims that the research will enable you to support (250 words)
  • Methodology: Methods and procedures your research will employ, with description of your main disciplinary technique(s), including interactions across disciplines as required (250 words)
  • Work Plan: How your methods and procedures will be structured over the period of the award, including share of work time to be devoted to award research (250 words)
  • Outcomes: Describe project contribution, dissemination, any further steps and longer-term goals (250 words)
  • Ethics & Access: If applicable, describe any measures required for ethical conduct of the research, including needed regulatory compliance, and to access relevant data/participants (e.g. issues relating to language, positionality, access restrictions) (300 words)

More Info: ISRF Mid-Career Fellowship

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