Aug 03

Socrel Annual Bursary Scheme

These bursaries have been created to help postgraduate students (PGs), Early Career Scholars (ECS) and low income or unwaged Socrel members with the costs associated with attending the Socrel annual conference (University of Leeds, 12-14 July 2017). They are exclusively to support attending and presenting a paper at the annual conference.

Please consult the information below and the conference call for papers. Then, download the conference bursary application form HERE and submit your completed form along with your conference paper abstract to [email protected] no later than 9 December 2016, cc’g Socrel PG/ECS Liaison Officer Alison Robertson [email protected]

Please email Alison if you have any queries about the bursary competition process and socrel2017gmail.com if you have any other conference-related enquiries.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome by the end of January 2017.

Qualification Criteria

The bursaries are open to PGs, ECS, and low income or unwaged Socrel members (please see below for definitions of ECS and low income or unwaged). They are open to part-time PGs, as well as full-time registered students. To qualify for a bursary, you must:

  • Be either a PG, ECS or on a low income or unwaged (according to our working definitions).
  • Indicate why you need this award (i.e., demonstrate financial need) and show that you have exhausted other avenues of funding.
  • Be either a member of the British Sociological Association (BSA) and Socrel or a member just of Socrel. The bursary is open to either forms of membership, but priority will be given to BSA and Socrel members. Under this scheme, one joins the BSA (for PGs and the unwaged, there is a concessionary rate), and it is then free to join Socrel. There are lots of benefits to BSA membership, including a subscription to Sociology and bursaries to attend the BSA annual conference. See http://www.britsoc.co.uk/join.aspx andhttp://socrel.org.uk/members/join-socrel/ for information on joining.
  • Give a paper at the annual conference.
  • Attend the full annual conference (you cannot just attend for one day, for example).
  • PG and ECS recipients should also attend the welcome lunch ahead of the main conference organised by Socrel PG/ECS Liaison Officer Alison Robertson.
  • Have a working interest in the sociology of religion.
  • Be willing to write something about your experience of the conference, if asked, for publication in our newsletter or Network (the BSA’s magazine).

The bursaries will cover:

  • The full conference fee: attendance at panels, meals, and accommodation.
  • If successful, your free conference registration will be completed for you, so please do not register for the conference until you hear from us regarding a decision on the bursaries. If you are not successful in being awarded a bursary, you will still be able to register at the early bird rate.

ECS Definition

An Early Career Scholar is someone who:

  • Has been awarded their PhD within the last five years.
  • May be employed on either a full- or part-time basis, on a permanent basis or on contract, or is unemployed or under-employed.
  • Periods of unemployment or breaks due to illness or parental leave may extend the time during which a scholar is considered ‘early career’. If you are more than five years out from your PhD, but have had breaks during this time, please indicate this in your application.

Low Income or Unwaged


  • Being unemployed.
  • Underemployed.
  • Employed on a contract due to expire that is not being renewed.