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FYI. UK-based funding: Adolescence, Mental Health and the Developing Mind


A new cross-council partnership between the MRC, AHRC, and ESRC to support in multidisciplinary research and innovation in Adolescence, Mental Health and the Developing Mind.

Funded by £1.6m call for engagement awards to support the formation of new collaborations, pilot funding for novel multidisciplinary research or methods development, and kick start knowledge exchange between researchers, stakeholders, policy makers, young people and those with lived experience of mental health problems.: More info

Deadline: 4pm, 17 Dec 2019

Facilitated workshops in London on 22nd November available for interested research communities and stakeholders: More info

Deadline for expression of interest to attend: 4pm, 31 Oct 2019

FYI. New UK–Canada doctoral exchange scheme


UK-Canada Globalink Doctoral Exchange Scheme

This new scheme from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI – previously Research Councils) and Mitacs will allow up to 200 doctoral candidates from the UK, and a similar number from Canada, to take a 12-week research placement. The scheme will cover  travel, living and research costs. The scheme is open to UKRI-funded and Canadian doctoral students in all academic fields.

More info (UK doctoral students)

More info (Canadian doctoral students)

Deadline: 19 December 2019

FYI. ERC Consolidator Grants

FYI. Note: Can include researchers in any location (although PI must be Europe-based or associated).

European Research Council call for Consolidator Grants expected to open 24th October, 2019. For researchers of any nationality 7-12 yrs post-PhD. Any field of research eligible.

Consolidator Grants may be awarded up to € 2 million for a period of 5 years (pro rata for projects of shorter duration). However, an additional € 1 million can be made available to cover eligible “start-up” costs for researchers moving from a third country to the EU or an associated country and/or the purchase of major equipment and/or access to large facilities and/or other major experimental and field work costs.

More info

FYI. ISRF flexible grants for small groups


The Independent Social Research Foundation wishes to support independent-minded researchers to explore and present original research ideas which take new approaches, and suggest new solutions, to real world social problems. Such work would be unlikely to be funded by existing funding bodies.

The Foundation intends to award on a competitive basis, to candidates of sufficient merit, a small number of grants providing flexible support (for instance: relief from teaching and/or administration, research and travel expenses, fieldwork and practical work) for a period of (up to) one year for the activities of a small research group.

The awards are intended as enabling one or more short periods of face-to-face joint group work such as workshops, working-in-pairs, or short academic visits (e-working, video-conferencing or Skype expenses are not included) over a period of up to one year, and must be taken up (i.e. commence) no later than end of December 2020.

The amount of an award depends on the nature of the work proposed and individual circumstances – the ISRF expects applications for grants up to a maximum of £5,000 or €5,500.*

Scholars from within Europe are eligible to apply as Principal Investigator(s) to lead a small group of 2-10 scholars (which may include graduate students).  Principal applicants should hold a PhD and will normally have a permanent appointment at an institution of higher education and research. Applications may be made by those whose sole or principal post is part-time equivalent. Independent scholars with an academic affiliation may also apply.

Applicants should consult the Criteria as set out in the Further Particulars and show that they meet them. Applicants should follow the Application procedure and should present their Proposal in the format specified there.

Closing date for applications is 4pm (GMT) on 8th November 2019.

*Applicants based in the UK must apply in GBP (£). All other applicants must apply in EUR (€). These amounts are fixed as of 21st September 2019, and will not be adjusted in the event of GBP/EUR currency fluctuations.

More information

FYI. Postdoctoral fellowship program at NYU


Note on eligibility: NYU does not sponsor visa application for this Fellowship. Fellowship recipients must provide proof of authorization to work in the United States.

New York University’s Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was created to attract and support a wide range of brilliant young scholars and educators from diverse backgrounds whose research experience, life experience, and employment background can significantly contribute to academic excellence. The program provides fellows with faculty mentoring, professional development, and academic networking opportunities. The ultimate goal of the program is for participants to join the ranks of faculty at competitive institutions.

NYU awards up to eight in-residence fellowships each year. Appointments are for two years and begin in September. Fellows teach a maximum of one course per semester, participate in school and departmental activities, and are assigned a mentor to prepare them for a career in academia. Teaching at another institution and outside employment during the fellowship is prohibited.

Starting in 2017, the Fellowship Program offered a second mechanism that allows Schools to bring in additional fellows, under the title of “Dean’s Fellow.” Fellows in this category will be given access to the same professional support run through the Provost’s Office. Participating schools award Dean’s fellowship to outstanding candidates from the applicant pool for the Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

Fellows are appointed as “Faculty Fellow” and receive a $42,000 nine-month salary; an annual housing allowance ($20,000); a research allowance ($2,000); and reimbursement for one-time relocation fees (up to $3,000). Such compensation is subject to appropriate taxation. The University also provides a benefits package, including medical and dental coverage.

Deadline: 28 October, 2019

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FYI. Visiting Fellow Progrmme, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

From fat studies scholar Hannele Harjunen:
Call for CRISES Visiting Fellow Programme for Post Doctoral Researchers, Associate Professors and Professors. Crises are pretty loosely defined and could include many different types of fat-related topics.
The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, opens a call for the Visiting Fellow Programme in Crises Redefined – Historical Continuity and Societal Change (CRISES) research profiling area. The program offers grants from 1 to 3.5 month visits.
CRISES is one of the thematic research areas that profiles research activities at the University of Jyväskylä. The CRISES profiling area builds on the core strengths of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, including multidisciplinary focus and ability to analyze societal change and historical continuity in long-term and transnational perspectives. The main objective of the research within CRISES profiling area is to understand various (often competing and contested) definitions of crisis: how crises come about and how they evolve; how they are defined and understood; and how they relate to global, national, and local physical environments and human action. The complexity of the topic is tackled not only by drawing on the existing empirical, theoretical, and methodological expertise of the researchers in art, culture, ethnology, history, politics, social sciences, and philosophy but also, by charting new approaches to crises, including testing and comparing different methods of Digital Humanities and Social Sciences.
Focusing on year 2020 CRISES profiling area is launching a Fellowship Programme for international research visitors. The applicants to this program are expected to study themes such as:
  • Historical approaches to economic and societal crises, business failures and industry decline
  • Political and politicized crises in historical and contemporary perspective
  • Belonging, inclusion, exclusion and displacement: individual, social and cultural contexts of crises
There are several researchers working in the CRISES profiling area in the University of Jyväskylä. We are looking forward to tightening co-operation network in research and teaching with the visiting program scholars in the future.
The duration of the Visiting Fellow Program is 1-3.5 months during the year 2020.
The visitors are paid a tax-free grant, which amount is depending on the career stage of the Visiting Fellow:
  • 3.000 euros/month for Post Doctoral Researchers,
  • 4.500 euros/month for Associate Professors and
  • 5.500 euros/month for Professors.
The above mentioned grant will cover also
  • Travel expenses to and from Jyväskylä, Finland.
  • Accommodation expenses either in the university’s guest apartments or in a free market apartment
Thus travel and accommodation will not be payed separately. The University of Jyväskylä offers support if you wish to book university’s guest apartment for your stay.
You may want to familiarize yourself with the university’s international staff guide https://www.jyu.fi/en/workwithus/international-staff-guide for more information about Jyväskylä and Finland.
Leave your application via an electronic form by Friday, November 1st 2019 by 16:00 hours. In your application you will be asked to
  1. describe how your research reinforces CRISES profiling area, including a short research plan
  2. attach your CV and Publication List
  3. give the approximate time and length of your visit
  4. tell if you are visiting the University of Jyväskylä alone or with your family (needed to arrange a suitable apartment if you wish to book university’s guest apartment).
For more information please contact Professor Jari Ojala, e-mail jari.ojala@jyu.fi, tel +358 400 247 387 (information about CRISES profiling area) or Head of Administration Riitta Sokka, e-mail riitta.r.sokka@jyu.fi, tel +358 40 805 5182 (information about the practical matters).
The selection criteria are
  1. the scientific quality of the applicant and research plan;
  2. the connection to the CRISES profiling area research interests
  3. interdisciplinarity.

FYI: Grad student position in social psych/stigma lab


Posted on behalf of Dr Jeff Hunger:

Applying to grad school in social psych? Interested in mental and physical health? Join me in the Hunger Stigma & Health (HuSH) Lab, Department of Psychology, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Application deadline: December 1st 2019. More information about the programme available at: http://miamioh.edu/cas/academics/departments/psychology/academics/graduate-studies/social-program/

Application deadline: December 1st 2019


FYI. Opportunity for UK-based arts/humanities researchers


This amazing collaboration between the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the BBC offers phenomenal opportunities for early career researchers to develop as media personalities presenting their research to the general public. It is aimed at Early Career Researchers (late-stage PhD to 8-years post-PhD). Applicants must be doing research with a primary focus in the arts and humanities, or be cross-disciplinary including a strong arts and humanities component.

More info: https://ahrc.ukri.org/funding/apply-for-funding/current-opportunities/new-generation-thinkers-2020/

Deadline: 8 October 2019

Slides available and save the date

A few of announcements today.

Thank yous

First, a huge shout out to everyone who made WSC 2019 such a fantastic success, from all the people behind the scenes to the presenters, the delegates, the sponsors, and everyone who made a donation to the bursary fund. We were able to provide 11 bursaries this year, making the conference accessible to more people who might otherwise have not been able to attend. And with great thanks to everyone who donated prizes to our raffle or bought a ticket, the WSC 2020 Bursary Fund is off to a great start with £470 (CAD 750) raised towards our £2500 goal. To make a donation and share the campaign on social media etc, visit https://www.gofundme.com/WSC2020. If you are a provider, writer, artist, etc and have something you’d like to offer as a prize for 2020, do get in touch.

Slides available

If you didn’t manage to make it to London Ontario for the event (or even if you did), the brochure/abstract book and many of the presentations are available for download on our website. Visit https://stigmaconference.com/london-2019/ to check them out. If you cite any of the work presented, do please use the DOIs provided.

Save the date: WSC 2020 will be in New Zealand

And last but not least, save the date for the 8th Annual International Weight Stigma Conference. We will be heading south for the winter (theirs) and holding WSC 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand on 22nd and 23rd June. Start saving now! And if you are interested in fat studies, the Fat Studies Conference New Zealand will be held, also in Auckland, on the 18th and 19th June, so you get a twofer. Details of themes, submission dates and more information about the conference will be available later in the year and early next year. To make sure you don’t miss any important announcements, sign up to get automatic notifications by email about any new postings – use the box in the top right hand corner of the homepage.


FYI. UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships


Note: UK and international applicants may apply. See person specification (PDF, 52KB) to assess eligibility.

These Fellowships support applicants from diverse career paths, including those returning from a career break or following time in other roles. We also encourage applications from those wishing to work part-time in order to combine the fellowship with personal responsibilities. Review panels will take into account time spent outside an active research or innovation environment, whether through career breaks, flexible working or as a consequence of working in other roles.

The objectives of the scheme are:

  • to develop, retain, attract and sustain research and innovation talent in the UK
  • to foster new research and innovation career paths including those at the academic/business and interdisciplinary boundaries, and facilitate movement of people between sectors
  • to provide sustained funding and resources for the best early career researchers and innovators
  • to provide long-term, flexible funding to tackle difficult and novel challenges, and support adventurous, ambitious programmes.

This cross-UK Research and Innovation scheme will support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential based in UK universities, UK registered businesses, and other research and user organisations. The support of the organisation will be a critical component of all fellowships which will enable the fellow to transition to or establish their research and/or innovation independence.

The investment will provide four years (full time equivalent) of funding for early-career researchers and innovators, including support for part-time awards and career-breaks, providing flexibility to researchers to tackle ambitious and challenging research questions. The funding may be extended for a further three years at the four-year point but we regnonise that not all fellows will want to do this.

Deadline: Outline proposals – 4pm (UK), 8 October 2019

Deadline: Full applications – 4pm (UK), 7 November 2019

More info: UKRI web page.