Call for Applications: CIFAR and British Academy Knowledge Frontiers Symposium, Deadline 16 September

Opportunity for early career researchers in Canada and the UK

Revised call for applications
CIFAR and the British Academy Knowledge Frontiers Symposium

November & December 2020

CIFAR and the British Academy are issuing this revised call for applications inviting applications for early career researchers in the humanities and social sciences to participate in virtual research activities on the broad theme of ‘security’. The aim continues to be to organise a physical symposium to continue these virtual research activities in due course as and when that proves feasible.

These activities aim to encourage and establish international engagement and collaboration between early career researchers based in Canada and the United Kingdom from a broad range of disciplines within the humanities and social sciences, encouraging the exchange of ideas across both disciplinary and national boundaries.

Purpose and focus
These activities will aim to draw on the insights of the humanities and social sciences to explore varied understandings and experiences of security, and how security can be and has been conceptualised, represented, lived and addressed. Security is, and has always been, a major factor determining the shape and contours of the lives and cultures of people, communities and nations. The study of security can bring to bear insights from across the humanities and social sciences including literature, philosophy, religion and history. Security can be understood in many ways and at different societal, cultural and economic levels. Security itself can also have positive and negative connotations with direct and indirect effects and impacts. 

CIFAR and the British Academy are particularly interested in the following themes:

  • Notions and representations of security;
  • the drivers of security and insecurity;
  • the relationship between security and governance, security and justice, and security and freedom.

These topics and others are intended as a starting point for discussion and collaboration.

Application process
Applicants should provide a completed application form, including:

  • A CV which should not exceed two pages;
  • a one-page summary of their initial thoughts on the theme of security which could include discussion on one or more of the three outlined topics above;
  • an outline of what disciplinary and interdisciplinary skills and / or experience they would contribute to the symposium; and how the symposium could help to develop their own research and career.

Applications must be submitted online using the British Academy's Grant Management System (GMS), Flexi-Grant®. The deadline for submissions isWednesday 16 September 2020 at 17.00 (UK time). 

CIFAR and the British Academy aim to bring together around 30 early career researchers (understood as up to 10 years after obtaining a PhD) based in the UK and Canada from across the humanities and social sciences to discuss key questions around the theme of ‘security’. The virtual activities will be designed to encourage collaboration and exchange between early career researchers. 

Further information
Contact Christina Moorhouse at