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Early Career Academic Grants 2018

Dear faculty members,

As a member institution of Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), IBA's full time faculty members (in service for less than 10 years) can avail the "Early Career Academic Grants". These grants are open to early career academics employed by ACU member universities to enable them to participate in a conference held in a Commonwealth country other than their own.

30 grants are available in 2018. And application deadline is Wednesday, March 21, 2018 (23:59 BST). Appended below are some key details for your ready reference.

In case of any concern, please feel free to contact us.

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At the time of application, applicants must be employed in an academic role by an ACU member institution. Applications are open to university staff who are less than ten years from the start of their employment in an academic role. Academic staff who have recently returned to work after a career break can also be considered: applicants to whom this criteria applies should make this clear in their application.

Applicants must not have previously studied, worked or attended an academic conference outside their home region (For Pakistani nationals, home region includes Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka).

Conference participation
The conference to be attended must be a recognized academic conference in a field relevant to the applicant's area of expertise. The conference must be held in a Commonwealth country other than the applicant's country of employment. Applicants must give details of their chosen conference at the time of application.

Applications will be strengthened by the applicant providing evidence of the submission/acceptance of a paper or poster, or other communication with the conference organizers.

Travel dates
The grant must be used to participate in a conference between 1 June 2018 and 31 December 2018.

Applications to attend conferences outside these dates will not be successful.

Amount of grant
The maximum amount of each grant is 2000 GBP. Grants can be used to cover travel & visa costs, conference fees, accommodation and subsistence

Other terms and conditions
- Applicants must provide a letter of support from their head of department.
- Successful applicants will be responsible for arranging any required visa as well as making their own travel arrangements.
- Grants will be paid in a single installment to a nominated individual at the grant holder's home institution.
- Grant holders must provide an account of expenditure and a brief report on how their grant has been spent.
- The ACU aims to achieve a regional and gender balance in selections.
- The ACU reserves the right to publish the names of successful applicants on the ACU website and in ACU publications.

How to apply
You can apply at the following link: https://fs19.formsite.com/The_ACU/form63/form_login.html

Applications close on 21 March 2018 at midnight BST.