FAQs: Conference Funding Competition


The important thing to remember is that we are looking to support events that are suitable for CRASSH as an interdisciplinary centre, and not proposals which would fit easily within one standalone department.


CRASSH’s conference competition aims to support genuinely interdisciplinary events convened or co-convened by Cambridge researchers. Our programme ranges from small-scale closed workshops to conferences with over one hundred delegates and keynote lectures open to all.

We are able to offer up to £2,500 in direct funding for a two-day conference, a venue in the Alison Richard Building, and administrative support. Full details of our conference funding can be found here.

We are now accepting applications for our 2019-20 programme. The deadline for applications is noon on Friday 25 January 2019. The application portal can be accessed here.

In this blog post, our conference programme manager, Oliver Wright, has answered some of the most frequently asked questions about the conference competition.




Q. I am a PhD student / post-doc / emeritus professor / unestablished lecturer at Cambridge, am I eligible for the competition?

Yes, anyone with a direct affiliation to the University of Cambridge is eligible to apply (including graduate students and UTOs/CTOs). There must be a reasonable expectation that your connection to the University will still be in place by the time that your proposed conference takes place. Unfortunately, this does exclude Visiting Fellows who are based at the University for one academic year.

Q. I am based at the Faculty of X, can I apply?

Yes, we accept applications from across the University. CRASSH has a broad conception of ‘the arts, social sciences, and humanities’ and we are open to proposals for all areas of research within this range. The important thing to remember is that we are looking to support events that are suitable for CRASSH as an interdisciplinary centre, and not proposals which would fit easily within one standalone department.

Q. I have fixed dates in mind for my conference, can these be guaranteed?

We do our best to accommodate specific dates, however we are not always able to offer the exact dates requested by applicants (especially during oversubscribed times in the year such as the Easter vacation).

Q. My conference will not be held between September 2019 and July 2020, can I still apply for support?

Unfortunately, we cannot offer support for dates outside the current competition window. We have already allocated funds for conferences through until August, and the competition for conferences taking place over the 2020-2021 academic year will open in October 2019.

Q. I do not need support from CRASSH but would like to hold an event in the Alison Richard Building, can you help?

Facilities in the Alison Richard Building are shared between CRASSH and other centres, so we cannot book space for non-CRASSH events. General room bookings enquiries are handled by the building’s reception (arbrec@hermes.cam.ac.uk), who would be able to advise on availability and any hire costs. No bookings are currently possible for the next academic year.

Q. I would be interested in holding a conference in a different venue, is that possible?

Yes, definitely. We offer all conferences the option of being held in the main seminar rooms of the Alison Richard Building, but we are open to the idea of supporting events that will be held elsewhere. A number of recent CRASSH conferences have been held in colleges. 

Q. How much should I budget for catering?

We would usually budget £29 per person for a two-day conference taking place at the Alison Richard Building. This would include lunch on each day, tea and coffee on arrival, and two coffee breaks during the day. A dinner for speakers in a college will then cost around £60 per person. A sample budget is available here.

Q. How much should I budget for accommodation?

A good estimate for single accommodation in a college is £75 per night.

Q. When will I be informed of the outcome of my application?

Applicants will be informed if their application has been successful by the end of Lent Term.

Q. I have more questions about the competition, who should I contact?

Please contact me! I am available on odw22@cam.ac.uk and would be happy to answer any specific questions about our conference programme or the application/budgeting process. 

Posted: Monday 15 October 2018

Contributor: Oliver Wright


FAQs: Conference Funding Competition