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Early Career Researcher Network Event Funding Scheme

The BERA Early Career Researcher (ECR) Network seeks to provide financial support to its members with one such offer being the ‘Event Funding Scheme’. The ‘Event Funding Scheme’ provides up to four grants (of up to £1000.00) per annum, intended to support early career researchers (ECRs) in the 24 months following completion of their doctorate. Specifically, the scheme supports such members attendance at non-BERA events that they consider will contribute to their continued development. The funding can be used for costs associated with conference registration fees, travel and/or accommodation. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be within 24 months of the completion of their doctorate (taken as the date which they passed their viva)
  • Applicants must be a current BERA member
  • Applicants can be based in the UK or internationally

Applications are particularly welcomed where applicants have submitted (and preferably had accepted) abstracts for presentation. 

There are four application periods per year as follows:
Period 1: May 1st – July 31st 2019
Period 2: August 1st – October 31st 2019
Period 3: November 1st – January 31st 2020
Period 4: February 1st – April 30th 2020 (this period has been cancelled due to the ongoing uncertainties) 

The event for which you are seeking financial support must take place at least 3 months after the closing date of the period within which you submit your application. For example, for an event taking place in March 2020, your application should be submitted within period 2, the closing date for which is October 31st 2019. By doing so, it means that applicants receive a decision regarding the outcome of their application well in advance of the event taking place. As such, it enables best use to be made of the financial support, for example, enabling successful applicants to take advantage of ‘early bird’ conference registrations fees.

There is an expectation that on returning from their conference(s), applicants will submit a report to BERA outlining their experiences and will also contribute a BERA blog on the research they presented at the conference (where applicable).

Applications will be reviewed following the closing date of each period and all applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application (regardless of whether or not this was successful) within four weeks of the closing date.

N.B: All claims must be made in accordance with BERA’s expenses policy which can be found here

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Winner - Period 1 2019/20: May 1st 2019 – July 31st 2019

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Jennifer Kitchen, Dr

Early Career Fellow at University of Warwick

Jennifer Kitchen holds a research fellowship in the Centre for Education Studies at the University of Warwick, where she completed her PhD on the social justice implications of playful and collaborative approaches to teaching Shakespeare in 2018....

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Syafiq Mat Noor, Dr

Lecturer in Climate Change Education at University of Leeds

Dr Syafiq Mat Noor is a Lecturer in Climate Change Education. He joined the School of Education at the University of Leeds in August 2023, having previously undertaken three international postdoctoral fellowships in Scotland, England, and Brunei...

Winner - Period 4 2018/19: February 1st 2019– April 30th 2019

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Natia Sopromadze, Dr

Postdoctoral Research Assistant at University of Wolverhampton

Dr Natia Sopromadze is a postdoctoral research assistant at the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Wolverhampton. She graduated from the University of Warwick with a PhD in education and pursued her early career fellowship at...

Winner - Period 3 2018/19: November 1st 2018 – January 31st 2019

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Nozomi Sakata, Dr

Assistant Professor at Hiroshima University

Nozomi Sakata is Assistant Professor in the Centre for the Study of International Cooperation in Education at Hiroshima University, Japan. In the field of Comparative and International Education, her research interests include educational policy...