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Grant Writing Workshop for ECRs

6-8 July 2022: Online Conference at University College London

Just sustainable futures in an urbanising and mobile world

Justice and equity, just futures in an urbanising and mobile world, facing a climate and ecological crisis in a pandemic or post-pandemic context

The call for applications is now CLOSED.

To help early career researchers prepare funding applications, the Urbanization and Development Study Group is organising an online grant writing workshop. The workshop is part of the DSA2022 conference programme.

Early career researchers face the challenge of identifying and applying for funding to support their research and career progression. Yet the landscape of research funding and the process of writing a high-quality grant application can be challenging. This workshop provides a supportive and informative environment to help early career researchers navigate this process and get their research funded.

This online workshop is organised by the Urbanization and Development Study Group of the Development Studies Association and its convenors: Dr Philipp Horn, University of Sheffield and Dr Andrea Rigon, University College London.

In addition, leading scholars with experience of a wide range of funders will mentor and advise participants:

  • Dr Daniel Oviedo Hernandez, University College London.
  • Dr Jonathan D Silver, University of Sheffield
  • Prof Laura Hammond, School of African and Oriental Studies
  • Prof Diana Mitlin, University of Manchester,
  • Dr Prince Guma, British Institute in Eastern Africa

Workshop format

The workshop will take place in two parts: first, a 135min session on Thursday 19 May 2022, followed by a roundtable (60min) and an intensive session (120min) both on Friday 8 of July 2022 (coinciding with the DSA2022 Conference).

The workshop will require some homework before the sessions. Participants will pitch their research ideas to advisors and their peers, identify a funder, and draft a short proposal to send in advance of the second part of the workshop where they will present it and receive feedback.

Application and eligibility

All early career researchers, including PhD students (from the third year) are eligible to apply. However, applicants must be working on urban and development issues. There is no need to be a DSA member.

The workshop will select 12 participants, based on participant interest, quality of proposal and fit with the urban and development themes. The call for applications is now CLOSED. Selected applicants will also receive a FREE registration to the DSA2022 Conference.

For further information about the workshop contact:

Dr Philipp Horn (University of Sheffield)E: p.horn(AT)sheffield.ac.uk

Dr Andrea Rigon (University College London)E: andrea.rigon(AT)ucl.ac.uk