Funding

Postcolonial Studies Association Funding Schemes

We are delighted to be able to announce the winners of the 2016-2017  PSA Funding Schemes. There were a good number of applications to all three funds, but the Funding Committee warmly praised the importance of the projects supported here. Names of the winners and keywords to identify their research projects supported by these funds appear below, but PSA members can also look forward to reading more about the research supported by these funds in future editions of the PSA Newsletter.

Warm congratulations to the successful applicants:

General Research Fund £500

Erica Anne Carter, research in Ghana on colonial cinematic sensibilities.
Madhumita Das, archival work related to India’s policy towards the liberation movements of Palestine and Tibet
Raul Valdivia, fieldwork in Lima, Peru, the relationship between subalternity and visuality through photographs made by people who lived at the margins of Peruvian society in the 1980s and 1990s.

Scholars from Lower-Income Countries Conference Attendance Assistance Fund £250

Emmanuel Oladipo OJO, “Combating Systemic Corruption in Africa: Altitudinal, Attitudinal, Confrontational or Constitutional?”

Conference / Symposium Organisation Assistance Fund £250

Louisa Uchum Egbunike, Legacies of Biafra: The Nigerian Civil War 50 Years On, SOAS/MMU
Katie Markham, “Interdisciplinary approaches to colonial materialities”, University of Leeds
Sibyl Adam, Postcolonial and Diasporic Scotland, University of Edinburgh

 

There are three schemes under which applications for funding can be made for next year’s round of funding:

1. Conference / Symposium Organisation Assistance Fund 2017-18

The Postcolonial Studies Association (PSA) welcomes applications for up to £250 to assist with costs towards the staging of an academic conference or symposium in an area of postcolonial studies. For the 2017-2018 funding competition, the event should be held between 1 December 2017 and 30 November 2018. Events that make special provision to serve the needs of postgraduate students in postcolonial studies will be particularly favourably considered although events of all types are eligible.

Applications must be returned by 31 August 2017.

Applications can be made by any current member of the PSA, with the exception of those who sit on the funding committee.

Any money awarded will be payable on production of an invoice after the event. Payment will be made in the form of a cheque drawn in pounds sterling (GBP) or by bank transfer where possible.

Any promotional materials for the event, conference programmes etc, and/or subsequent publications arising should acknowledge the assistance of the PSA.

The PSA reserves the right to make no award if it is felt that no suitable application has been received.

Unsuccessful application to any of the PSA funds in a given year does not preclude applications in any subsequent years. Successful applicants are not eligible to apply again for two years after an award has been made.

All applications unsuccessful under the Conference/Symposium Organisation Assistance Fund will also be considered under the General Research Fund. There is no need to make separate applications for each.

Apply Online
nb. all applicants must be current members of the PSA
please include title, venue, dates, and likely number of participants as well as the rationale behind the event and how you feel it will benefit postcolonial studies scholarship. If any keynote/plenary speakers etc. have been confirmed, include details here. Please do not exceed 500 words in this section.
if the event offers any particular provision for postgraduate students, please include details here, in no more than 200 words)
Please state the amount of money requested, and give details of how else the event is to be funded. The PSA will consider offering sponsorship for specified events (such as plenary talks as part of a conference) if they are felt to be particularly beneficial to postcolonial studies scholarship. Any subsequent changes to this information must be approved by the funding committee (funding@postcolonialstudiesassociation.co.uk) before payment is made.


2. Scholars from Lower Income Countries Conference Assistance Fund 2017-18

The Postcolonial Studies Association (PSA) welcomes applications for up to £500 from scholars from lower-income countries to assist with expenses incurred through attendance at a conference in the UK. Scholars usually resident in countries that fall within PSA membership categories B & C are entitled to apply (see Appendix for details of membership bands).  For the 2017-2018 funding competition, the costs should be incurred between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018. Applications can be made to cover travel costs, accommodation, or conference fees, but awards can only be made on the production of original receipts.

The PSA is not able to act as sponsor for any visa applications. Applicants should familiarise themselves with the requirements regarding entry to the UK (http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/), and complete any necessary arrangements themselves.

Applications must be returned by 31 August 2017.

The decision to award funding will be made at the discretion of the funding committee and executive committee of the PSA. Successful applicants will be informed before 31 October 2016.

Applications can be made by any current member of the PSA, with the exception of those who sit on the funding committee.

Any money awarded will be payable on production of original receipts after the costs are incurred. Payment will be made in the form of a cheque drawn in pounds sterling (GBP).

Any publications arising from the research should acknowledge the assistance of the PSA.

The PSA reserves the right to make no award if it is felt that no suitable application has been received.

Unsuccessful application to any of the PSA funds in a given year does not preclude applications in any subsequent years. Successful applicants are not eligible to apply again for two years after an award has been made.

All applications unsuccessful under the Scholars from Lower-Income Countries Conference Assistance Fund will also be considered under the General Research Fund. There is no need to make separate applications for each.

Apply Online
nb. all applicants must be current members of the PSA
Please include a scan or photocopy of a passport, identity card etc, for confirmation
Please give details of the conference, including whether you are attending as an invited speaker, or if you have submitted a proposal, whether it has been accepted by the organisers yet. Include details of the contribution you will make and explain how you feel it will benefit postcolonial studies scholarship. Please do not exceed 500 words in this section.
please confirm the amount of money requested, and precisely what for. The PSA recognises that these figures may be subject to slight change (ie. travel costs) and will match the amounts given on receipts, though in no circumstances exceeding £250. Any subsequent changes to this information must be approved by the funding committee (funding@postcolonialstudiesassociation.co.uk) before payment is made.


3. General Research Fund 2017-18

The Postcolonial Studies Association (PSA) welcomes applications for up to £500 to assist with research costs in an area of postcolonial studies. For the 2017-2018 funding competition, the costs should be incurred between 1 December 2017 and 30 November 2018.  It is expected that applications will be made for such expenses as travel costs, or for access for necessary resources, but all requests that can demonstrate a benefit to postcolonial studies scholarship will be considered. Please note that small applications for any amount are equally welcome under this scheme.

Applications must be returned by 31 August 2017 .

The decision to award funding will be made at the discretion of the funding committee and executive committee of the PSA. Successful applicants will be informed before 31 October 2017.

Applications can be made by any current member of the PSA, with the exception of those who sit on the funding committee.

Any money awarded will be payable on production of receipts after the costs are incurred. Payment will be made in the form of a cheque drawn in pounds sterling (GBP) or by Bank Transfer where possible.

Any publications arising from the research should acknowledge the assistance of the PSA.

The PSA reserves the right to make no award if it is felt that no suitable application has been received.

Unsuccessful application to any of the PSA funds in a given year does not preclude applications in any subsequent years. Successful applicants are not eligible to apply again for two years after an award has been made.

All applications unsuccessful under the Conference/Symposium Organisation Assistance Fund and the Scholars from Lower-Income Countries Conference Assistance Fund will also be considered under the General Research Fund. There is no need to make separate applications for each.

Apply Online
nb. all applicants must be current members of the PSA
Please include a scan or photocopy of a passport, identity card etc, for confirmation
Please give details of the conference, including whether you are attending as an invited speaker, or if you have submitted a proposal, whether it has been accepted by the organisers yet. Include details of the contribution you will make and explain how you feel it will benefit postcolonial studies scholarship. Please do not exceed 500 words in this section.
please confirm the amount of money requested, and precisely what for. The PSA recognises that these figures may be subject to slight change (ie. travel costs) and will match the amounts given on receipts, though in no circumstances exceeding £250. Any subsequent changes to this information must be approved by the funding committee (funding@postcolonialstudiesassociation.co.uk) before payment is made.


Only paid-up members of the PSA are eligible to apply. Application for all funds will be on a competitive basis and should be made using the attached application forms; further details of the schemes can also be found on these forms. The forms will also be available on our website shortly.

The PSA Funding Committee advises the Executive Committee on which applications should receive funding. Applications will be assessed according to the viability and originality of the proposed research project, the ability of the applicant to carry it out successfully, and the possible benefit to postcolonial studies scholarship generally.

The deadline for the 2017-2018 round of the schemes is 31 August 2017, with decisions being announced by the end of October.

Any queries regarding the schemes should be directed to the Treasurer of the PSA, Jenni Ramone funding@postcolonialstudiesassociation.co.uk.

We view these schemes as a significantly furthering the PSA’s aim of promoting and encouraging the development of postcolonial studies and we look forward to being able more directly to support the exciting work carried out by our members.