2020 Call: The Gender Dynamics of Crisis and Community

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 the gender dynamics of crisis and community.

The Gender Dynamics of Crisis and Community

Recent years have seen a range of crises that have affected community cohesion, from climate change to pandemics, failures of governance to austerity programmes. Yet communities have generated some of the most effective responses to these crises, often led by women and girls. The AL Charitable Trust aims to support projects that explore gendered forms of community activism in the face of crisis. Both ‘community’ and ‘crisis’ are understood broadly. Community includes place-based groups, issue-based groups, and self-defence groups. Crises includes the impact of extractive practices of various kinds, financial crisis and austerity, threats to public health, and state violence against, or the failure of state protection for, racialized minorities. In whichever ways crisis and community are explored, issues of gender must be front-and-central to projects that the Trust supports.

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 attending 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 2020 call is now closed; the 2021 call will be announced later in the year.