BSA Support Fund 

Each year the BSA Support Fund provides financial assistance to approximately 50 individual members living in the UK.  The BSA Support Fund is available to UK Concessionary members of the Association. Applicants can benefit from financial assistance towards research related expenses, attendance at conferences and study group events, and thesis production costs.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Reside in the UK.
  • Be a BSA member in the UK Concessionary category.
  • Be a BSA member for a minimum 12 months prior to application.

The maximum award to an individual is £250 and applicants are limited to one BSA Support Fund claim.  If you have applied for free Annual Conference registration and have been successful you may also apply to the Support Fund for up to a further £100 to support your attendance*.

Applicants are asked to bear in mind when applying for conference subsistence costs that the committee may not have the opportunity to consider your application before the conference booking deadline or start of the conference. This will not, however, affect your application as funding for conferences may be awarded retrospectively.

The BSA Support Fund does not award grants towards the cost of course fees; for the purchase of books or equipment; membership fees or electronic journal subscriptions. If you need clarification as to whether your request for funding fulfils criteria for support, then please contact the BSA office.

The majority of funds are provided for:

  • Travel and subsistence for subject-related conferences and events
  • Research and/or fieldwork
  • Thesis production

*The Support Fund allocates a percentage of its budget to the BSA Annual Conference. This allocation provides free conference registration, on a first come, first served basis, to a number of BSA members who fall within the UK Concessionary membership category. The Support Fund Committee are unable to consider further applications for this BSA event. 

How to Apply

The form is available as a Word document which can be saved to a desktop to complete at your leisure. The document/application can then be forwarded to the BSA office as an e-mail attachment. Guidance notes are available in the document, Support Fund Application Form.

Additional Sources of Funding

The BSA encourages applicants to approach other organisations and associations for funding, and not to rely too heavily on the funds of the BSA to support their research projects or conference attendances. The Support Fund Committee would welcome applications that have provided evidence where other organisations/associations have been approached, regardless of whether the outcome was successful or not. This is not a criterion for awarding funding. Your application will not be rejected, if evidence of approaching other organisations is not provided. The BSA website is a good place to begin when searching for other sources of funding – see the Funding & Grants page.


"I am a second year PhD student at the University of York researching Anglophone Muslim women's online communities. The aim of my research is to investigate the Internet as a facilitator of women's roles in Islamic revivalism, a complex movement which stresses the importance of the sources of Islam. I examine the discussions of Muslim women who come together online to explore, learn and interpret the Qur'an and other Islamic sources. My research methodology involves a) careful reading and analysis of posts sent to women-only Muslim English-speaking newsgroups (to which I have been granted ethical access) and b) follow-up, in depth interviews with a select group of women drawn from the newsgroups.

The BSA Support fund helped me to finance travelling to the conference 'Gender, Images and Global Contexts' (8-10 March 2007) at the University of Helsinki. It covered my airfare, accommodation costs and the conference fee. At the conference I presented my paper 'The Internet - Islamic Women's Educational and Social Space'. The discussion of my paper and comments from other participants have been very useful in my later work on my thesis. Being at the conference also enabled me to attend presentations which made me look at my own work from a different perspective and bridge some gaps in it."

Anna Piela, PhD Research Student (University of York) 

Support Fund Committee 

  • John Bone, Membership Services Director
  • Ashli Mullen, Postgraduate Forum Co-convenor
  • Aaron Winter, Membership Services Director