2018 Grant Call: Authoritarianism and Gender

by Pablo K


Invites applications for small grants:

To enable research in the pursuit of a PhD project
To help fund travel, interviewing, or media connected with PhD research
To contribute towards writing-up costs for a PhD dissertation

The AL Charitable Trust has been assisting PhD students in the social sciences, especially sociology, for over 30 years. A limited number of small grants of up to £1,000 are available each year.

Through providing small grants, the AL Trust helps students complete parts of their research that they might otherwise be unable to fund. The Trust also aims to promote new generations of researchers addressing important social questions of our time. The Trust expects all funded projects to have an explicitly gendered perspective.

This year’s theme is authoritarianism and gender.

Authoritarianism and Gender 

Recent years have seen a resurgence of authoritarianism. In many parts of the world, nationalism, populism, nativism and related projects have increased the power of states and elites. From Trump to Modi, and from Erdogan to Duterte, authoritarianism is on the rise. Although these forms of authoritarianism are not new, they represent a challenge to claims about progress in general, and women’s rights in particular. There is a long-established relationship between authoritarianism and patriarchy. In the contemporary world, this relationship takes multiple forms, from appeals to militarised political community to the re-articulation – and re-empowering – of masculinist tropes, symbols and roles.

The AL Charitable Trust welcomes applications from PhD students working on the relationship between authoritarianism and gender in the contemporary world. We are particularly interested in projects exploring the politics of authoritarianism and gender, whether the main focus of these projects is authoritarianism or opposition to it.

How to apply

Please note that grants will not be given for course fees or conferences and the Trust is limited to supporting the work of doctoral candidates in UK universities.

An application form is available here. Completed application forms and one reference must be sent by email to the AL Trust at this address.

The closing date for applications is Monday 2 April 2018.