Early Career Conference Grants

Theme: Supporting research
CODATA RDA School Of Research Data, Italy 2016 (The ACU Gave Bursaries To Nine Early Career Researchers To Attend)

For emerging academics, taking part in an international conference can have a profound impact on their teaching and research. Conferences are a chance to share research, learn about the latest developments in an area of work, and build valuable professional networks. Researchers return to their universities better informed and better connected with new knowledge that can be shared and multiplied amongst colleagues and students.

The ACU’s Early Career Conference Grants help to ensure that more emerging researchers – and the universities that employ them – can benefit from these valuable opportunities. Open to academic staff at ACU member universities, the grants are aimed specifically at researchers early in their careers who have not yet had the opportunity to travel beyond their region.

Early Career Conference Grants 2020 - applications are now open 

25 grants of up to GBP 2000 are available in 2020.

The conference afforded me the confidence I needed to build in the area of seminar presentation. In addition, I met other scholars with whom I am forging further collaborations, especially in the area of characterising and standardising endangered African languages

- Morakinyo Abayomi Tella, 2019 Early Career Conference Grant awardee from the University of Ibadan. Morakinyo attended the 15th Conference of the Linguistic Association of SADC Universities, Zambia.


To apply, researchers must:

  • Be employed as a lecturer, research fellow/associate or post-doctoral researcher (or equivalent) at an ACU member university. PhD students who are not also employed in one of these roles are not eligible to apply.
  • Be within 7 years of the start of their academic career – applicants who have taken a career break and returned to work can also be considered
  • Not have previously travelled for work beyond their home region 
  • Already have submitted a proposal to present at an overseas conference

How to apply

Submit the online application form

Applicants are required to complete four short personal statements, upload their conference proposal, and attach a letter of reference from their line manager or head of department.

The closing date is 23:59 GMT on Wednesday 25 March.

The grants

The maximum grant amount is GBP 2000. This is intended to cover conference registration fees, economy return flights, accommodation, sustenance and visa costs. Successful applicants are responsible for arranging their own flights and accommodation, registering for the conference in question, and making their own visa and vaccination arrangements.

Successful applicants will be required to submit a short-written report to the ACU six months after their return.

Contact us

If you have a question which isn’t answered on this page, please email earlycareergrants@acu.ac.uk

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