The Turkish Solidarity Fund was initiated after the unforeseen move of the International Byzantine Congress from Istanbul to Venice/Padua, which severely and adversely affected Turkish graduate students, who would, under normal circumstances, have been able to attend the Congress at reduced rates and without European transportation and lodging fees. It is separate from the conference funds regularly available to SPBS postgraduate researchers, and will cease to exist after the 2022 Congress.
All SPBS postgraduate members are eligible to apply for funding from the development fund. There has never been a requirement for SPBS members to live in the UK, and we indeed have members from many countries. Byzantinists working or studying in ODA countries are now eligible to become members of the SPBS at reduced rates. Because bank transfers fees are often large and non-negotiable, the SPBS will forgive membership fees for those who do not have access to PayPal or similar. We would, however, ask scholars in that position to fill in the appropriate membership form, and we will simply deduct the membership fee from any award granted to the member.
The Turkish Solidarity Fund can offer grants of up to £400 to support the attendance of Turkish postgraduate students and early career scholars at the International Congress of Byzantine Studies, Venice-Padua, 22-27 August 2022. The funding can be used to cover registration fees, as well as accommodation and travel costs.
Applicants are expected to be members of the SPBS at the time of application but are eligible for a reduced ODA membership rate. Applicants are also expected to be resident in Turkey and/or currently registered as a student, or early career researcher, at a Turkish university or institute of higher education.
Priority will be given to applicants who are currently unfunded and to those who are offering a communication.
The deadline for applications is Monday 27th June at 17:00 (London time).
Successful applicants will be notified by 29th June 2022.
If you have any further queries, please contact Dr Daniel Reynolds.