Research grants - OPEN

Research grants at CRASSH

CRASSH continues to have a rolling programme of interdisciplinary and collaborative research projects and welcomes approaches from academics who would like to base their projects in our unique research environment. Normally, we spend a good deal of time developing projects together, to fit with our interdisciplinary collaborative agenda and to increase the chance of the grant application succeeding, making use of our considerable experience. Consequently, it is advisable to make contact as early as possible with the Director, Joanna Page, no later than three months before the deadline.

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Fellowships OPEN

Visiting Fellowships

Visiting Fellowships are designed to support the Centre’s research interests, projects, and activities. Depending on the fellowship, Fellows are usually given desk space in the Centre as well as certain practical assistance in their research. CRASSH can assist in arranging accommodation in a College and enable access to the University Library and other departmental libraries. CRASSH may also support visitors who come to Cambridge for a period of days or weeks to participate in a particular activity organised by the Centre. If you have your own funding in place you should apply to the Centre well in advance of your intended visit. Find out more about Visiting Fellowships at CRASSH.

Application deadlines:

  • 1 November 2022
  • 1 February 2023
  • 1 May 2023
  • 1 July 2023


The Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships

The Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship competition is now open. If you are interested in holding a fellowship at CRASSH please go to our Leverhulme Fellowship page for further information and application requirements.

CRASSH deadline: 1 December 2022


NEW CIRN Intesa Sanpaolo Visiting Fellowship at Cambridge 2022

Quentin-Skinner Fellowship

The Quentin-Skinner scholar holds a Visiting Fellowship at CRASSH for one term during the academic year. They will present the Quentin-Skinner lecture and participate in the related symposium organised with the Faculty of History during the academic year of attendance. Due to the pandemic and the necessary deferrals of our 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 Fellows this competition will not run this year.

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

CRASSH is now accepting applications for British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Fellowships (University of Cambridge scholars) OPEN

Crausaz Wordsworth Interdisciplinary Fellowship in Philosophy

The aim of this Fellowship is to enable scholars who are developing an interest in studying philosophical themes from an interdisciplinary perspective to spend additional time exploring these.


Cambridge Early Career Fellowships

The Early Career Fellowship Scheme, sponsored jointly by CRASSH and the Schools of Arts and Humanities (CSAH) and Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS), enables early-career academics to take a term away from teaching to start a new project, with the Centre providing an inspirational collaborative environment in which to carry out research.


Events and initiatives funding OPEN

Workshop funding competition

CRASSH supports an annual programme of events and initiatives. Postgraduate students, postdocs, and academic staff employed by the University of Cambridge or one of its Colleges are eligible to apply for funding of up to £500 to hold a workshop, plus administrative support.

Find out more about CRASSH workshop funding.

Deadline 4 December 2022


Calls for papers - OPEN

The public cost of personal hardship: evaluating the hidden expense of cost-cutting measures on social wellbeing

Cuts to public spending have been a key feature in government budgets and political rhetoric around the world for over 40 years. They’re touted as money saving initiatives that spare future generations from repaying present debts, while enabling lower taxes in the meantime. They promise flourishing private enterprise alongside improved living conditions for households, as reductions in red tape help industry grow and create new jobs. They’re often tied to a normative outlook that seeks to get people back to work, rather than relying on government benefits, as part of a drive to cultivate independent, motivated citizens.

This conference seeks abstracts from researchers working across a range of disciplines in the social sciences, which challenge narratives of economic efficiency by examining the economic, political and social costs of funding cuts.

Deadline: 30 November 2022


Challenges in studying right-wing populism: a global perspective

While the academic interest in right-wing populism worldwide has been booming in recent years, little attention has been given to the new ethical dilemmas, emotional challenges and concrete risks that ethnographic research of the populist right presents to scholars in the field.

This conference is aimed at advancing a more nuanced and sincere understanding of the use of ethnographic methods to study right-wing populist communities. We invite sociologists, anthropologists, digital ethnographers, journalists and other culture producers to an open conversation, where we can share our experiences from fieldwork in hostile environments, reflect on their meaning for knowledge production, and learn from each other’s successes and failures. Confirmed speakers will discuss their work in the Philippines, the Middle East and South Korea.

Deadline: 30 November 2022


The functions of criticism

 What are the assorted functions of our criticism? In the midst of concerns about the relation between the academy and the state, trust in authority, and conspiracism, questions regarding ‘use’ and ‘function’ in the humanities are ever more pressing. Since Bruno Latour archly observed that critique has ‘run out of steam’, the discussions that postcritique thinker Rita Felski has termed the ‘method wars’ have sometimes been fractious. This conference seeks to return, in a generous spirit of collaboration, to imperative questions regarding the humanities’ functions, methods, and contribution both within and beyond the academy. 

Deadline: 10 December 2022


Nine Dots Prize writing competition OPEN

The Nine Dots Prize has revealed the question it will pose as part of a global problem-solving competition, offering US$100,000 and a book deal with Cambridge University Press for the winning answer.

The question for the 2023/2024 cycle is: Why has the rule of law become so fragile?

Entries must be submitted via the online submission form by midday (GMT) on Monday 23 January 2023. The winner will be announced in May 2023.

Find out more

Research network funding

Research networks funding

The research networks programme supports groups of Cambridge graduate students and Cambridge based academics working together with a common interdisciplinary research interest. Networks are selected by competition in May to run in the next academic year (October – June). The package offers funding of up to £1,500 per academic year, plus administrative support. Activities may include seminars, reading/discussion groups and short visits by speakers to Cambridge.

Call for art

Art at the Alison Richard Building (Art at the ARB)

Art at the ARB is an exhibition space at the University of Cambridge.


Tel: +44 1223 766886