The competition is open to all University of Surrey academic and research staff. The scheme is funded by the University of Surrey.

Applications should be made before the deadline of 11 December 2020 for workshops taking place between April and July 2021. Applicants will be notified of the outcome in mid January 2021. Because of COVID-19, we recommend that workshops should either be entirely virtual, or hybrid, with only locally based participants physically present. Consequently, we do not expect that there will be much expenditure on travel or subsistence. We suggest you do not charge registration fees.

The successful bids will each be awarded:

The main criteria for choosing between bids will be:

  • The nature of the topic — is it original, multi-disciplinary, likely to lead to significant advances?
  • The likelihood of attracting international scholars.
  • The link to researchers at University of Surrey.
  • The impact that support from the IAS is likely to make.

Bids should consist of:

  • The names and affiliations of the proposers and organisers, and of the programme committee if there is one. The main organiser should be from the University of Surrey and the meeting (if not entirely virtual) must be held on the University of Surrey campus.
  • The proposed Call for contributions to the meeting, i.e. the text that will be sent to invited participants and/or distributed widely to attract contributions.
  • A description of the topic of the proposed meeting, explaining clearly how it fits the criteria listed above.
  • An approximate budget.  Please contact IAS Administrator Vicki Blamey ( for estimates and  a budget template.
  • A plan for publishing papers from the workshop and a description of any other forms of impact expected from the workshop.


The Director of the Institute, Nigel Gilbert ( and its Coordinator, Mirela Dumic ( may be consulted about the procedure for making bids.

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Bids should be submitted by the deadline (midnight on 11 December 2020) using the application form.

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