ISRF First Book Grant

Closing Date: 04/02/2022

Support for recent PhD graduates in the humanities and social sciences seeking to turn their thesis into a publishable book.

Founded in 2008, the Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) is dedicated to promoting interdisciplinary research in the social sciences. It believes that the cross-fertilisation of established disciplines and the introduction of new modes of inquiry are critical to advance new knowledge and to solve contemporary theoretical and practical problems.

The Foundation maintains a number of funding opportunities and essay prizes to encourage independent-minded researchers to explore and present original research ideas that take new approaches, and suggest new solutions, to real world social problems.

The ISRF First Book Grant provides support for recent PhD graduates in the humanities and social sciences who are seeking to turn their thesis into a publishable book. The grant is intended as a stipend to provide full or partial support for the conversion of their PhD thesis into a book, and relief from non-academic work (including domestic care) for a period of up to one year. The creation of new work, or refocusing work to address a contemporary, real-world problem is within scope, however new research cannot be supported.

A final publication contract need not be in place at the time of application. However, applicants should have developed a specific publication plan, and describe any of their preliminary inquiries to publishers

Projects from any social scientific discipline or interdisciplinary research fields are welcome, including relevant applications from scholars working within the humanities.

Research should be innovative work that breaks with existing explanatory frameworks so as to address afresh empirical problems with no currently adequate theory or investigative methodology. Innovation may also come from controversial theoretical approaches motivated by critical challenge of incumbent theories. Interdisciplinarity in the generation of new investigative initiatives may be achieved by combining, cross-fertilising, and so transforming empirical methods and theoretical insights from the social sciences.

Funding body Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF)
Maximum value €34,000
Reference ID S23195
Category Arts and Humanities
Economic and Social Research

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