Independent Scholar Fellowships

Independent Scholar Fellowships

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 post-doctoral 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 a nature and standard comparable to that of a professional academic.

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.

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 £28,750 (from January 2021). Within that sum, reasonable support for research expenses will be considered. Reasonable childcare or other domestic costs may be considered.

ISRF Independent Scholar Fellowship competitions generally launch in July each year, with a mid-August deadline for applications.

Sixth Independent Scholar Fellowship Competition

In August 2019, the ISRF launched its sixth Independent Scholar Fellowship competition. Having received a number of strong proposals, the Selection Panel met in December 2019, and voted to make three awards.

Professor Annelien de Dijn
Dr Veysi Dag

Refugee Governance from Below: Kurdish Diaspora Associations and the Incorporation of Newly-Arrived Refugees in Europe

Dr Beth Epstein
Dr Sarath Jakka

Negative Capabilities: Rethinking the Phenomenal and Relational Aspects of the Therapeutic Encounter

Dr Rita Floyd
Dr Manjeet Ramgotra

Postcolonial Republicanism: The Indian Founding and its Impact

Contacting Fellows

If you would like to contact any of our Fellows to discuss their ISRF-funded work, please contact Dr Lars Cornelissen (Academic Editor) in the first instance, at