The Annette Lawson Charitable Trust

An educational foundation promoting gender research.

Category: Call for Grants

2019 Grant Call: Climate Change and Gender

THE AL CHARITABLE TRUST

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 climate change and gender.


Climate Change and Gender

There are few issues more pressing to contemporary world politics than climate change. Whether witnessed in the notion of a ‘climate emergency’, policy proposals ranging from the Paris Accords to a Green New Deal, or in movements like Extinction Rebellion and the Zone à Defender occupations, climate change is all around us. But what are the gendered dimensions of climate change? And how do feminist approaches analyse, modify and critique existing understandings of climate change? The AL Charitable Trust welcomes funding proposals from PhD students exploring any aspect of the relationship between gender and climate change.


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 deadline for applications is Friday 29 November 2019.

2018 Grant Call: Authoritarianism and Gender

THE AL CHARITABLE TRUST

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.

2016 Grant Call: Women and Protest

THE AL CHARITABLE TRUST

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 is a 30-year-old foundation aimed at assisting PhD students in the social sciences, especially sociology. 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 times. The Trust expects all funded projects to have an explicitly gendered perspective.

This year’s theme is women and protest.


Women and Protest

Recent years have seen an upsurge in popular protest, from anti-austerity movements in Southern Europe to revolutions in parts of North Africa and the Middle East. Women have been on the front-line of many of these protests. Yet scholarly work on ‘women and protest’ is limited. Unless the protests in question are portrayed as ‘women’s protests’ or as protests around ‘women’s issues’, women are usually seen as victims rather than as active participants. More often than not, the role of women is occluded altogether.

This call is to support PhD projects that are working on the diverse role that women play in protest movements, contemporary or historical, national or international. Eligible projects include those studying ‘contained’ forms of protest (such as social movements, strikes, lobbying, petitions, demonstrations, and occupations) and those looking at more ‘transgressive’ forms of protest (such as riots, revolutions, and direct action campaigns).

The call is open to a wide variety of issue areas and academic disciplines. Areas of interest include the roles and experiences of women in movements concerned with environmental justice and sustainable development, migration and refugees, race and ethnicity, war, peace processes, political representation, sexual and gender-based violence, indigenous rights, economic and social rights, austerity, healthcare, sexual freedom, and more. We are also interested in work that examines the media coverage of women in protests and women’s protests.


The call is now closed. A new call will be issued in 2017.

2015 Grant Call: Health Inequalities

THE AL CHARITABLE TRUST

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 is a 30-year-old foundation aimed at assisting PhD students in the social sciences, especially sociology. 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 times. The Trust expects all funded projects to have an explicitly gendered perspective.

The priority of the Trust this year is health inequalities.


Health Inequalities

The AL Trust invites proposals from doctoral candidates researching various forms of inequality in health care. Projects could include research on the problems posed by state austerity policies, the shrinking and/or privatisation of public health systems, or specific forms of health inequality either in Britain, other countries or globally. We also welcome proposals using innovative methodology including film and narrative analysis, as well as other forms of social scientific inquiry. All proposals must include a feminist/gender perspective.


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 Tuesday 31 March 2015.
We will make a decision and write to applicants in May.

2013/14 Grant Call: Assessing Gender Progress

THE AL CHARITABLE TRUST

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 is a 30-year-old foundation aimed at assisting PhD students in the social sciences, especially sociology. 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 times. The Trust expects all funded projects to have an explicitly gendered perspective.

The priority of the Trust this year is gender progress.


Assessing Gender Progress: Measurement, Concepts and the Politics of Knowledge

Claims about the progress or retreat of gender equality are commonplace. From the percentage of women in national parliaments to the Millennium Development Goals to changes in traditional gender roles, policymakers and researchers rely on measurements of various kinds to make sense of the world. But we perhaps do not reflect enough on how such assessments are arrived at.

We seek proposals that interrogate the assessment of gender progress. How useful are existing criteria in various domains of social life? Can political disagreements be traced back to methodological differences? What is the record of attempts to unsettle measurement itself? How, in the last instance, do we assess the nature of gender progress?


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 grant call is also available in pdf format.

The closing date for applications is Monday 20 January 2014.
We will make a decision by early March.

2012 Grant Call: No Safe Place?: Gender-Based Violence in Institutional Settings

The AL Charitable Trust

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 is a 30-year-old foundation with broad educational aims to assist PhD students in the social sciences, especially sociology. Through providing small grants it helps students complete parts of their research that they might otherwise be unable to fund. The Trust expects funded projects to take a gender perspective. The Trust also aims to promote new generations of researchers addressing important social questions of our times. A limited number of small grants of up to £1,000 are available each year.

The priority of the Trust this year is gender-based violence.

No Safe Place? Gender-Based Violence in Institutional Settings

Institutions such as schools, hospitals and residential homes are supposed to provide safe places for those to whom they provide services, yet research suggests that they also continue to be sites of violence, including gender-based violence.

We are looking for proposals that examine the problem of gender-based violence in UK institutions, and the institutional and policy responses to it. We are particularly interested in proposals that explore the impact of mobile technology, the internet and social media on the emergence and perpetuation of this type of violence.

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 grant call is also available in pdf format.

FIRM CLOSING DATE for applications: 4 May 2012

The 2012 Call is now closed.
The 2013 Call will be advertised next year.