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Opportunity profile: Independently minded

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The Independent Social Research Foundation seeks bids from early career researchers unafraid to challenge orthodoxy

Top tips

  • The foundation wants to fund research that might get short shrift elsewhere
  • Focus on how your proposed work diverges from typical approaches in your field and do not water down aspects you worry might be controversial
  • Proof your application thoroughly; sloppy bids will not make it past the first phase
  • Pay attention to the work plan, which reviewers will analyse thoroughly to check for feasibility

The Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) is a small, private funder based in London and registered in the Netherlands. Founded in 2008, it offers grants to social scientists working both within and outside academia within Europe (geographically defined).

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