Brigstow Collaborative Fellowships 2021 - Researching Structural Inequalities

This call has now closed. The deadline was 12 noon, Thursday 25th February 2021.

About the call

This is a new call for two Brigstow Collaborative Fellowships focusing on researching structural inequalities. Each Collaborative Fellowship award will be a collaboration between at least two University of Bristol academics: one each from the social sciences and the arts and humanities. The focus here is on the disciplinary and methodological mix of the fellows, rather than the faculty in which the academics are based.

We are interested in the fellowships explicitly thinking through how the social sciences, arts and humanities bring different disciplinary and methodological approaches to critically interrogate structural inequalities and experiment with solutions driven by the communities most affected. Some of these - for example, health inequalities, the digital divide, education, housing and welfare – have been particularly highlighted by the context of the current pandemic and fellows may wish to focus on these. However, fellows are also welcome to think beyond the immediate context of Covid-19.

What funding is available?

Each Collaborative Fellowship award is for £10k and should cover the costs of the collaboration between at least two University of Bristol academics.  We will be looking to fund up to two Collaborative Fellowship awards.

All funds will need to be spent by 31st July 2021.

The funding can be used for teaching/marking buyout for the academics involved in each Collaborative Fellowship, to pay community researchers as consultants/knowledge producers, support for a Research Associate etc. We appreciate that many activities and collaborations are subject to change during the pandemic so there will be flexibility to change how the resources are allocated during the award.

Application process

We will require one to-two sides of A4 from the academics jointly applying for the Fellowship, outlining:

  • Who are the main applicants for this Collaborative Fellowship and what are their distinctive disciplinary/methodological approaches?
  • What is the area of focus for the Collaborative Fellowship? What structural inequalities are you particularly interested in exploring and why?
  • What is the activity you need support for?
  • Who are you also aiming to involve? 
  • How will the money be allocated to the different elements/activities?

What are the deadlines for applying/carrying out the activities?

Applications should be emailed, with ‘Brigstow Collaborative Fellowship application’ in the subject line  to, copying in the Heads of Schools of the main applicants to indicate approval for the application, by midday Thursday 25th February 2021. We will notify people of the outcomes by Tuesday 2nd March 2021 and funds must be spent by 31st July 2021.

There will be an opportunity to meet and discuss potential projects with Brigstow colleagues at an online afternoon drop-in session on Monday 15th February – book a slot on Eventbrite.

We are also available if you have any questions or want to discuss your idea for a Collaborative Fellowship and can't make it to the drop-in session. Please contact either Gail Lambourne, Brigstow Institute Manager or Tim Cole, Brigstow Institute Director



Do you have an idea for a collaborative fellowship? There will be an opportunity to meet and discuss your ideas with Brigstow colleagues at an online afternoon drop-in session on Monday 15th February – book a slot on Eventbrite. If you are unable to make this date email to arrange an informal conversation.

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