Small Grants

Small Grants Scheme 2024

The Small Grants Scheme for 2024 will go live in early 2024. Details of the theme and application deadline will appear here.


Previous Schemes

2023: Teachers, Teaching and Teacher Education: Trajectories, Threats and Transformations

The Society for Educational Studies invested in 5 small grants on the theme: Teachers, Teaching and Teacher Education: Trajectories, Threats and Transformations.

Projects are underway and will report throughout 2024. Reports will be available to read here.


Guidance for Applicants


The application form for grants is available electronically below.

Applications failing to adhere to the submission guidelines will not be considered. Applicants should ensure that the bids have appropriate and clear research aims and objectives. These should be realistic given the size of the grants offered through the scheme.

Please note that in relation to costings, the SES is not able to meet full economic costing on account of its charitable status. Non-FEC salary costs of up to a total of 50% of the total award will be considered in relation to an application. This may include payment for research-based activities which can be carried out by any person rather than a specific individual e.g. when undertaking interviews or preparing transcriptions. At the present time, the Society will not pay costs for open access publishing.

Completed application forms should be sent as a single pdf email attachment clearly headed ‘SES 2023 Awards application’ to Prof. Andrew Peterson ([email protected]), Prof. Hazel Bryan ([email protected]), and to Aidan Thompson ([email protected]). The deadline for applications is 17:00 hours on Wednesday 31st May 2023. Late applications will not be considered.

Applicants are required to provide:

  • the names of two academic referees; and
  • a letter of support from their educational institution.

Applicants are required to acknowledge the support of SES in any publications resulting from their research.

Successful awards will be expected to begin on 1st June 2023 [although this is negotiable].  Recipients are required to submit a progress report on their research within six months of the award being made. In addition, a final report should be submitted no later than six months after completion. Appropriate publications in academic and/or professional journals are expected as outputs from any project.

Applications will first be considered by the Awards Committee of SES, who will then make recommendations to the Executive Committee.

Applications cannot be considered for the following expenses:

  • Salary costs at full economic costing;
  • Supply cover for teachers or other educational workers involved in the project;
  • Any administrative overheads charged by educational institutions;
  • Equipment such as computers, tape or video recorders;
  • Conference fees or membership fees (including SES membership fees);
  • Registration, tuition or examination fees for diplomas or degrees;

Travel, subsistence and accommodation costs can only be considered for visits to educational institutions or settings directly connected with the research and should be clearly specified and costed in any application.

The decision of the Executive Committee is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding unsuccessful applications.

Successful applicants will be expected to attend the Society for Educational Studies’ 2023 Annual Colloquium to be held at Oriel College, Oxford, September 7th-8th 2023. Where possible, grantees will be asked to submit a proposal to speak.


Details of the 2020 Anniversary Small Grant Awards are available here.

Reports relating to previously-funded projects are available to view below.

Final Report Downloads

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