Background:

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.

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. Career breaks may be taken into account. 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; applications may be made by those whose sole or principal post is a part-time equivalent.

The amount will be offered to buy out the costs of replacing all teaching and associated administration in the applicant’s home institution, and will be considered to a maximum of £50,000* per successful applicant. Within that sum, reasonable support for research expenses may be considered on a matched-funding basis with the host institution.


Who can Apply:

The award is intended to enable a scholar at the early-career stage to pursue his/her research full-time, for a period of up to 12 months; applications may be made by those whose sole or principal post is a part-time equivalent. 

The applicant should normally hold a salaried position at an institution of higher education and research, and be within 10 years of PhD award. Career breaks may be taken into account.

There is no limitation on nationality- however, we are unable to consider applications from those whose home institution is not within Europe.

For more information please go to the ISRF website 

The Application:

For details on how to write the application 


How to Apply:

THIS COMPETITION WILL OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS FROM 7TH JANUARY 2019.

Applicants are expected to submit their complete application electronically via the online application system (which will be accessible once the competition is open on the 7th January), in English. 


Key dates:

Funder Deadline: 15th February 2019

Research Services deadline: 8th February 2019 (TBC)

Faculty first draft review deadline: 25th January 2019​.

EOI: 18th January 2018