Use this form to apply for the Steppe Sisters Small Grants Program 2023. Please note that you will need to fill this out in one session. Unfortunately, you are not able to save the form and return to it later. However, you will see all of the questions here on this page, and we have made it as easy as possible to apply.
This funding comes from our Humboldt grant and can be used for direct research expenses (radiocarbon dating, fieldwork), open access fees for publications in open access journals, and conference attendance or support for continuing education, such as travel and visa fees. We want to support your career and research, and therefore we will prioritise projects that the applicant is the leader or sole applicant. The grant is not meant for large team projects for which the applicant is not the lead researcher.
****UPDATE: After feedback from a number of people, we have decided to institute a rolling decision policy! This means that applicants will hear the outcomes of their submissions much earlier, and will enable them to plan for the current field season and access travel for the new academic year. It will work like this:
Applications received from June 15 - July 1 will be evaluated and decisions sent out by July 15
Applications received from July 1 - July 15 will be evaluated and decisions sent out by August 1
Applications received from July 15- July 30 will be evaluated and decisions sent out by August 15
We hope to make this process as painless as possible, but there are some essential requirements
You must be a member of Steppe Sisters, whether on Facebook or part of our mailing list
You must spend the money by June 2024
You must report back with a written report and photos that we can publish on our website and in our social media channels
You must attend our Annual General Meeting in October (online is okay) to make a short 5 to 10 minute presentation on your project.
The funds cannot be used for expenses already incurred.
We will prioritise students, postgrad students, early career researchers, those based in Central Asia, and unwaged.
Unfortunately, we cannot support scholars claiming a Russian institutional affiliation due to limitations that we have inherited from our funders (the Humboldt Foundation). If this is you, please get in contact with us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your situation.