International Early Career Researcher Mentorship Grants

This programme will fund up to £5000 for personnel costs for two researchers (mentor/mentee) to collaborate virtually on a defined output on which the mentee will be lead author (e.g. journal article, book chapter, grant application, curriculum development, book proposal or similar).  This programme will fund projects for a duration of 6 months, between the dates of February 1, 2022–January 31, 2023. Up to £1000 of the funding may be used as an honorarium for the mentor, with the rest being used to support the mentee. 

Early career researchers who work on the social study of science and religion in society are welcome to apply as PI for this programme by November 26, 2021. Eligible early career researchers are those who have a PhD or due to submit their thesis before the grant start date, or those who have equivalent career experience; generally applicants will be no more than 7 years post-PhD, although exceptions regarding career breaks will be considered.


All applications should include:

  1. Application Form
  2. Project Budget
  3. Project Timeline
  4. A 2-page CV for each applicant and team member
  5. A signed letter of support from your institution(s)
  6. A letter of support from the mentor

Please use the above templates and email your completed applications to insbs@contacts.bham.ac.uk with a subject heading including your name and the title of the funding programme you are applying for (e.g., “John Doe. Seed Funding Application”).

Further guidance on how to complete the application can be found here:


Allowable Expenditure

Research grants will be administered by the University of Birmingham and provided to awardees as sub-awards.

Permitted uses of sub-award funding include:

  • Research expenses, such as research participant compensation or incentives, transcription costs, translation costs, reprographics, survey costs, and participant recruitment expenses
  • Salary costs and/or teaching buyout
  • Modest allowance for justifiable equipment, publication charges, software and other supplies

Funding CANNOT support any institutional overheads or indirect costs.

Given current global and local travel restrictions in many countries, we welcome grant applications that include novel ways to collect data, which might include incentives to participants to take part in interviews, or focus groups via digital platforms. Any plans for travel or in-person research should be based on a realistic assessment of COVID-19 risks/regulations.  Where Travel or Lodging costs are included they cannot consist of more than 10% of the overall grant requested.