Discover Economics Grant
Economics departments and groups within UK universities now have the opportunity to apply for 2020 funding to support outreach activities for school and college students. Lead applicants must be members of the RES. The deadline for applications is 28 October 2019. Decisions will be made during December 2019, therefore it is advised that the proposed date of the project takes this into account.
The retreat will consist of a one and a half days programme, beginning on Sunday 5 April 2020, directly before the RES Annual Conference 2020 – Belfast. It will finish in time to attend the first session of the conference on Monday 6 April 2020.
Successful participants will be arranged into small groups and assigned to mentors based on their research area. Group members and mentors discuss and offer detailed feedback on the participants’ research. In addition, the workshop includes a number of larger how-to sessions on topics such as getting published, getting grants, and career management.
The RES will pay for participants’ lodging and food during the workshop. Travel to and from the Mentoring Retreat may also be funded subject to availability. Childcare will be organised on request.
Last year’s mentoring event was over-subscribed. Therefore a selection process is in place and we will endeavour to give priority to those applicants that applied last year but who were not selected.
Applicants must be a member of the RES.
To apply please send a two-page CV containing:
- the year and institution you obtained your PhD from
- your employment history
- your main and secondary research fields (following JEL classification)
- your publication record
Forward your application to email@example.com using ‘Mentoring Retreat’ in the subject line. Deadline for applications is Thursday 7 November 2019.
About the Scheme
The purpose of the Discover Economics Grant scheme is to encourage universities in the UK to hold outreach programmes for school students and sixth formers to give them an introduction to economics as a field of study and profession. It provides grants annually to University Departments and groups within UK universities.
Many universities hold their own outreach programmes, and the RES has already supported a number of Discover Economics days around the country; at universities such as UCL, University of Manchester, University of Southampton and others, which you can read about in the case studies below. There is also a guide on how to run an outreach event.
Some universities, such as the Universities of Cambridge and Bristol, have already held their own successful outreach events. The RES has also supported several outreach events, which you can read about in the case studies below. There is also a guide on how to run an outreach event.
Members can apply for up to £5,000 for one off activities that further the understanding and use of economics.
Members can apply for up to £600 for small grants to support independent economic research.
Members can apply for up to £500 to support those who are presenting an economic paper at a conference or are acting as the main speaker.