This is a reminder that the EDI committee of the Council of University Classical Departments has an ongoing funding scheme for EDI initiatives/events in Classics as well as the awards of microgrants for individuals in need on an ad hoc basis. Please see details below and on our webpage:

Deadline for current call for applications: 15th November 2022.

Further calls will be issued in the spring (deadline 15th May 2023) and autumn of next academic year (deadline 15th
November 2023).

Our purpose is to support equality, diversity, and inclusion in Classical Studies and related disciplines in the UK. Funding is available to support complete events and initiatives, or parts of events, that have a clear EDI focus, as well as to enhance accessibility and/or diversity of events related to the discipline of Classical Studies by supporting participation of individuals in need.

All applications must:

  1. Include an applicant based at a UK HE institution, including postgraduate students.
  2. Clearly explain how the funding will be used to advance issues of equality, diversity, and inclusion in Classics in higher education in the UK (though there can be crossover with school teaching).
  3. Be connected to events in Classical Studies or related disciplines (the literature, ancient history, archaeology, philosophy, linguistics, visual culture, and reception of Greece and Rome, etc).

Grants for up to £500 are available to:

-Support complete events, or parts of conferences, that have a clear focus on advancing issues of equality, diversity, and inclusion in Classics. Please note that outreach or purely pedagogical projects will not be considered: you are welcome to apply to the CUCD pedagogy grants schemeinstead; if there is an overlap with pedagogy, note that your application will only be considered by one committee, and funding will not be duplicated;

-Support accessibility to existing events or conferences (e.g. technological support, bursaries to cover the costs of for caring responsibilities, accessible room hire);

-Provide financial support (in the form of an honorarium) to speakers at conferences of seminar series from underrepresented groups in Classics, either at graduate level or on precarious job contracts.

Costs can include speakers’ travel expenses, catering, room hire, travel bursaries for postgraduate and early career academic who are unsalaried or under-employed, or other similar expenditures. The £500 limit will mean that events will tend to be small, and bringing speakers from abroad is not normally viable. Where possible, it is hoped that the organising institution should also provide some funding, e.g. a matching grant, free rooms, and administrative support. We are happy to receive applications for less than £500; this is an upper limit. The event should usually be at least two months after the application deadline, although if you are planning an event that will take place sooner, please discuss with the chairs of the EDI Committee before submitting an application. The event should take place within one year of the grant being awarded.