Independent Scholar Fellowship Competition (ISF7)

Our seventh Independent Scholar Fellowship competition launches on 7th July 2020, aiming to support original interdisciplinary research, across the range of the social sciences, to be held from a start date no later than the end of December 2021.

The award is intended to enable the buy-out from current occupation of an independent scholar to pursue their research full- or part-time (or for cost of living support if not seeking buy-out from existing employment) for a period of up to 12 months, and will be considered to a maximum of £28,750 or €31,250* per successful applicant.

Deadline: 5pm (BST), 14th August 2020


Contributions to topics & debates across the social sciences


ISRF-funded Fellows & Projects since 2010


Grant and Essay Competitions for Early- & Mid-Career Academics and Independent Scholars


Platforms for research dissemination and contributions to wider debates

The Independent Social Research Foundation is a public benefit foundation funded by a group of private philanthropists with interests in academia and social science, founded in 2008.

The ISRF 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 better understanding of social entities and processes.

What We Do

To achieve this objective the ISRF provide a series of funding opportunities, enters into partnerships with academic institutions and supports research activities that promote development across the social sciences and humanities.

How We Do It

The ISRF is an endowed foundation – the endowment, and any additional donations, are directly used to promote and support the objectives of the ISRF. Oversight responsibility for the Foundation’s endowment lies with the ISRF Investment Committee.

The Executive Team are responsible for the implementation and monitoring of the annual budget, as approved by the Foundation Board. The Foundation is advised by an Academic Advisory Board comprised of leading international academics from across the social sciences.

As a Netherlands-registered Stichting, the ISRF is required to maintain a policy plan which draws together the objectives and activities of the Foundation. It is also required to produce an Annual Report, to have its own remuneration policy, and to publish a financial statement for the most recent financial year.