Independent Scholar Fellowships

Independent Scholar Fellowships

Independent scholars from within Europe† are eligible to apply, and they will not hold an appointment – full-time or part-time, temporary or permanent – at an institution of higher education and research.

For the purposes of this competition, an ‘Independent Scholar’ is understood as someone, whether or not currently in (non-academic) employment, who is engaged in intellectual work of a nature and standard comparable to that of a professional academic scholar. Applicants will usually hold a PhD but other equivalent academic or professional qualifications may be considered. Evidence of scholarly achievement at a sufficiently high level can include publications in academic journals, edited collections and monographs, as well as pieces for professional journals and the popular media.

Independent Scholars intending to pursue or complete a piece of independent research and desiring an affiliation to an institution of higher education and research within Europe are eligible to apply. They may be in professional (non-academic) employment, including in the arts, full- or part-time, or in an unpaid occupation.

The awards are intended as providing a stipend to allow applicants full or partial support for academic research and relief from non-academic work (including domestic care) for a period of up to one year.

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.

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 July 2020). Within that sum, reasonable support for research expenses will be considered. Reasonable childcare or other domestic costs may be considered.

Eighth Independent Scholar Fellowship Competition

The ISRF launched its eighth Independent Scholar Fellowship competition on 11th January 2021, with an application deadline of 5pm (GMT) on 5th March 2021. Award decisions will be communicated by the end of July 2021.

Seventh Independent Scholar Fellowship Competition

In July 2020, the ISRF launched its seventh Independent Scholar Fellowship competition. Having received a number of strong proposals, the Selection Panel met in December 2020, and voted to make five awards.

Dr Hanne Cottyn

The “more-than-human” history of a disappearing lake. Historicizing indigenous responses to socio-environmental change in and around Lake Poopó, Bolivia

Dr Phil Crockett Thomas

Prison Break: Imagining Alternatives to Prison in the UK

Dr Steven Graby

Work without bosses, housing without landlords, and nothing about us without us: researching disabled people’s involvement in co-operatives in the UK

Dr ‘H’ Patten

Reggae/dancehall: a dynamic continuity of resistance and survival for disenfranchised and marginalised young people

Dr Seb Rumsby

Behind the scenes at the nail salon: an ethnographic exploration into the everyday politics of undocumented Vietnamese migrants in the UK

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