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ISRF Independent Scholar Research Fellowship Competition in UK, 2017

The Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) is offering ISRF Independent Scholar Fellowship Competition (ISF4) in the UK. Applicants from European countries are eligible to apply for this fellowship.

The Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) is a public benefit foundation funded by a group of private philanthropists with interests in academia and social science, founded in 2008. It is dedicated to advancing the social sciences through the promotion of new modes of inquiry and the development of interdisciplinary expertise and methods and through a better understanding of social entities and processes.

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Course Level: Fellowships are available to pursue research.

Study Subject: Innovative research which breaks with existing explanatory frameworks so as to address a fresh empirical problem with no currently adequate theory or investigative methodology. Innovation may also come from controversial theoretical approaches motivated by the critical challenge of incumbent theories. Interdisciplinarity in the generation of new investigative initiatives may be achieved by combining, cross-fertilizing, and so 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 are also encouraged. The research proposed may include but is not confined to initiation of a project or of research level work intended to draw on or contribute to one of the professions, completion of a project, or preparation of an article or monograph for publication, based on existing work.

Scholarship Award: 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 £25,000. Within that sum, reasonable support for research expenses will be considered. Reasonable childcare or other domestic costs may be considered.

Number of Scholarships: Up to 12 fellowships will be awarded.

Scholarship can be taken in the UK

Eligibility: The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for the scholarship:

Independent scholars from within Europe are eligible to apply, and they will normally not hold an appointment, temporary or permanent, at an institution of higher education and research. Applications will be considered from those who hold part-time posts within academia and seek support for research carried out outside of their contracted hours. The awards are intended as providing a stipend to allow applicants full or partial relief from non-academic duties for a period of (up to) one year; applications may be made by those whose sole or principal post is a part-time equivalent. The awards are not intended to support newly qualified scholars entering the postdoctoral stage.

Normally applicants will hold a PhD. Other academic or professional qualifications may be considered, along with publications usually in peer-reviewed academic journals. Monographs, professional journals, and the popular media may also be considered.

For the purposes of this competition, an ‘Independent Scholar’ is understood as someone, whether or not currently in employment, who is engaged on intellectual work of nature and standard comparable to that of a professional academic.

† There is no limitation on nationality – however, the proposed institutional affiliation must be with a European institution.

Nationality: Applicants from European countries (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK) are eligible to apply for this fellowship programme.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirements: Normally applicants will hold a Ph.D. Other academic or professional qualifications may be considered, along with publications usually in peer-reviewed academic journals.

English Language Requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.

Research Scholarships

How to Apply: In order to be considered for the award, all applications must comprise the following:

A completed application form, to include:
  • An Abstract (300 words) of the research’s aims, methods, contribution to knowledge, and value in realizing 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 recognized 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.

This must be sent from the nominated scholar directly to ISRF – by email to applications2017-at-isrf.org – to arrive no later than 8th September 2017.

Application Form

Application Deadline: Fellowship application deadline is September 8, 2017.

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