CRASSH’s workshop funding offers a great opportunity to hold an interdisciplinary event with scholars and the wider public to engage in meaningful academic debate and encourage future research and collaborations.

– Sabina Maslova, Convenor, House of Cards (online conference & in-person workshop)

Are you looking to hold a workshop between January and June 2023?

CRASSH would like to invite you to apply for support to run your workshop and be part of our rich and diverse events and initiatives programme.

Applications for workshop funding are now open

Attracting academics and practitioners from across the globe, CRASSH workshops provide a platform for collaborations, stimulating and fruitful discussions, and finding new ways of working together.

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, plus administrative support, to run a one-day workshop at CRASSH. The workshop should be held between January and June 2023.

The closing date for applications is 4 December 2022.

Answers to a number of frequently asked questions can be found in our FAQ blog post. If you have any other questions about the selection process or anything else related to the workshops, please email CRASSH’s Conference & Events Manager.

CRASSH can also support events and initiatives that do not require financial support. If you would like to propose an idea, please contact events@crassh.cam.ac.uk.

It’s great to get funding from CRASSH for workshop speakers, but probably the most invaluable part of the CRASSH workshop funding is the administrative support. The Conference and Events Manager is fabulous: she’s professional, experienced, calm and effective. She takes care of all the practical matters and leaves the organiser(s) free to focus on the intellectual questions they wish to explore.

– Sian Lazar, Convenor, Politics and Ethics of Platform Labour: Learning from Lived Experiences (in-person workshop)

Click on one of the videos below to hear the experiences of convenors who have organised events with CRASSH in the past. Further convenor interviews can be found on our YouTube channel.

Financial support

Workshop financial support

Funding is available for postgraduate students, postdocs, and academic staff employed by the University of Cambridge or one of its Colleges to run workshops CRASSH.

Financial Support*

Up to £500 is available to contribute to the costs of speaker travel, hospitality, and accommodation. Full administrative and logistical support (event planning, management and promotion) will also be provided. It is also possible to apply for administrative and logistical support without funding.

The funds should be used to contribute to the costs of speaker travel, hospitality, and accommodation.

*Convenors may need to find additional funding to cover some costs to ensure that the maximum financial contribution from CRASSH is not exceeded. A list of other potential funding sources can be found under the ‘Additional Funding’ tab.

It is CRASSH’s policy not to pay for honoraria or publications.

Applications for financial support always automatically include the in-kind contribution of administrative and logistical help.

Please note that funds cannot be carried over to the next academic year and any unspent sums below the maximum agreed, revert to the CRASSH conference support fund.

Please take a look at our sample CRASSH event budget.

Applications for workshop funding are now open


Logistical support

Workshop facilities, marketing, and administrative support

CRASSH is based in the Alison Richard Building, and we can try to secure seminar rooms in the ARB*. We are also willing to support conferences that will take place at other venues within Cambridge.

Support includes:

  • workshop budget: devising a budget, setting up conference account to manage income and expenditure, online delegate registration/payment, producing final accounts
  • workshop CRASSH webpage: creating event pages that includes registration, event summary, calls for papers, posters, event programme, links, and convenor information. Additional content can also be housed on CRASSH’s site (this can be discussed with the Conference and Events Manager)
  • publicity: poster design, workshop publicity via email, social media, and the CRASSH blog
  • arrangements for speakers: assisting convenors with booking accommodation (usually college); reimbursing agreed speakers’ travel costs that are in line with the University’s travel expense policy
  • catering: arranging lunches and refreshments; assisting with college dinner / restaurant bookings
  • support on the day, including registration of participants and production of an online event booklet
  • AV assistance: arrangements can be made for AV support; the cost of AV support will be dependent on the specific requirements of the event. Post-event, CRASSH are able to organise the editing (there is a cost for this) and promote any event recordings.

*Please note we cannot guarantee rooms in the ARB

Workshop dates

For in-person workshops, we generally aim to hold them out of term as space is more available, but not guaranteed. It can also be more problematic to secure speaker accommodation during term-time when students are in residence.

Please also note that workshops in the Alison Richard Building can only be held on Fridays and Saturdays during term (subject to room availability), meaning that catering costs may be higher. We suggest that you avoid degree and other ceremony dates, e.g., graduation weekend in June or alumni weekend in September.

Please list a range of preferred dates (in order of desirability) or tell us if dates are fixed. We cannot guarantee that preferred dates will be offered.

We are able to host online events during and out of term time.

Please note that CRASSH’s policy is to not hold workshops on Sundays.

Applications for workshop funding are now open

Selection criteria

Workshop selection criteria

Workshops will be selected by a panel comprising the Director and Administrator of CRASSH, academic staff from the School of Arts and Humanities and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Conference & Events Manager. The Conference & Events Manager will co-ordinate the selection process and inform the applicants of the result within two weeks of the application deadline.

As well as academic originality, the cross-School panel will also be looking for proposals that do one (or more) of the following:

  • tackle a question from a range of disciplinary perspectives
  • create cross-regional dialogues
  • explore innovative forms of communication and engagement instead of (or in addition to) the more traditional presentation of papers
  • involve collaborations with participants or partners from contexts beyond academia museums, schools, governmental organizations, charities, businesses, etc.).

We also strongly encourage convenors to think about the diversity and sustainability of their event.

Applications for workshop funding are now open


Tel: +44 1223 766886
Email enquiries@crassh.cam.ac.uk