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Small Grants

Mentees and mentors of "Academics in Solidarity" can apply for small grants to cover the costs of:


Research Partnerships

AiS mentees can apply for small grants of up to 5.000 EUR to develop a research project proposal jointly with a counterpart (AiS mentor or university host professor) in Germany, Jordan or Lebanon, who acts as a co-applicant. With this funding scheme, we explicitly encourage establishment of cross-national research groups or research tandems. The small grant for research partnerships supports the development of joint research project proposals to be submitted to national and international research funding institutions (such as DFG, EU, private foundations), beyond programs specifically designed for at-risk scholars (e.g. PSI, PAUSE). A prerequisite for this small grant is the absence of a full-time employment contract or a full-time-equivalent fellowship/stipend for the main applicant during the grant period. 

Eligibility and selection criteria:

  • Registered AiS mentees in cooperation with a counterpart e.g. host professor/project partner or mentor in Germany, Jordan or Lebanon
  • Quality of the project concept note
  • Absence of a full-time employment or a full-time-equivalent fellowship/stipend for the main applicant during the period of work on the project proposal*
  • Sound budget estimation

What can be funded:

  • Honorarium of the main grantee of up to 4.500 EUR for a completed research project proposal, developed over a period of 3-4 months and submitted to a German or international research funding agency. The honorarium will be paid to the mentee based on a freelance service contract (non-employment) upon review of the project proposal by AiS and submission to the research funding agency
  • Proofreading expenses of up to 500 EUR

To apply, please send to ais@fu-berlin.de:

  • Filled out application form, signed by both main applicant and co-applicant
  • Research project concept note (1.500-2.000 words), including research rationale, main objectives/research questions, methods to be used and expected contribution(s). The concept note should also indicate for which funding agency/scheme the proposal is intended.
  • Current academic CVs of main applicant and co-applicant

Applications should be sent in PDF format and are accepted on a rolling basis!

*Please note: It is possible to apply for the small grant while still being employed full-time or receiving a full-time-equivalent stipend. If selected for funding, the small grant period will start after the expiration of the employment contract/stipend.


Conference attendance

AiS mentees can apply for small grants of up to 1.500 EUR to cover travel and accommodation costs of attending a conference related to their field of research.

Eligibility and selection criteria:

  • Registered AiS mentee
  • Conference directly related to the applicant’s field of research
    (relevance demonstrated by the applicant’s statement)
  • Own paper accepted for presentation at the conference

What can be funded:

  • Travel expenses (public transport - 2nd class or economy class airfare, if distance to the conference location exceeds 500 km)
  • Accommodation costs (hotel up to 70 EUR per night; in exceptional cases a higher amount can be reimbursed in accordance with the Federal Travel Expenses Law)
  • Per diem (24 EUR for each full day of travel; subject to reduction in case free meals are provided)

To apply, please send to ais@fu-berlin.de:

  • Filled out application form
  • Your current academic CV
  • Invitation letter from conference organizers, confirming acceptance of your paper for presentation and indicating participant fees

All documents should be sent in PDF format at least two months before the conference!


Workshop organization

AiS mentees and mentors can apply for small grants of up to 5.000 EUR to supplement costs of organizing a workshop related to their field of research.

Eligibility and selection criteria:

  • Registered AiS mentees (individually or as a group) OR registered AiS mentors in cooperation with one or more AiS mentees
  • Workshop directly related to the applicant’s field of research and advancing her/his scholarly activities and academic career (relevance demonstrated by the applicant’s statement)
  • Reasonable budget calculation

What can be funded:

  • Travel expenses of individual workshop participants (public transport - 2nd class or economy class airfare, if distance to the workshop location exceeds 500 km)
  • Accommodation costs of workshop participants (hotel up to 70 EUR per night; in exceptional cases a higher amount can be reimbursed in accordance with the Federal Travel Expenses Law)
  • Per diem for external participants (24 EUR per person for each full day of travel; subject to reduction in case free meals are provided)

To apply, please send to ais@fu-berlin.de:

  • Filled out application form, including preliminary workshop agenda and estimated budget
  • Your current academic CV
  • Confirmation of co-funding (if applicable)

Applications should be sent in PDF format and are accepted on a rolling basis!


Webinar organization

AiS mentees and mentors can apply for small grants of up to 950 EUR to cover costs of organizing a webinar related to their field of research or career development.

Eligibility and selection criteria:

  • Registered AiS mentees (individually or as a group) OR registered AiS mentors in cooperation with one or more AiS mentees
  • Webinar directly related to the applicant’s field of research and advancing her/his scholarly activities and academic career (relevance demonstrated by the applicant’s statement)
  • Reasonable budget calculation

What can be funded:

  • Honorarium of an invited speaker of up to 100 EUR for an academic hour (45 minutes)
  • Trainer costs of up to 950 EUR for a day-long webinar

To apply, please send to ais@fu-berlin.de:

  • Filled out application form, including preliminary webinar agenda and estimated budget
  • Your current academic CV
  • Confirmation of co-funding (if applicable) 

Applications should be sent in PDF format and are accepted on a rolling basis!


Publication costs

AiS mentees can apply for small grants of up to 5.000 EUR to cover author’s subsidies for publishing their single- or co-authored books, edited collections and individual chapters, as well as for providing open access to their publications.

Eligibility and selection criteria:

  • Registered AiS mentees 
  • Publications directly related to the applicant’s field of research and advancing her/his scholarly activities and academic career (relevance demonstrated by the applicant’s statement)
  • Reasonable budget calculation

What can be funded:

  • Author's subsidy for book publications of up to 3.000 EUR (preference will be given to peer-reviewed books, published by renowned international publishers)
  • Open access for individual chapters and journal articles of up to 2.500 EUR (in case of the journal articles, only those published in peer-reviewed journals will be considered)
  • Open access for books of up to 5.000 EUR (preference will be given to peer-reviewed books)

To apply, please send to ais@fu-berlin.de:

  • Filled out application form
  • Your manuscript to be published*
  • If applicable, a review/ thesis report that provides sufficient evidence of the academic quality of your publication
  • Your current academic CV
  • Letter of acceptance (email) from the journal/publisher
  • Confirmation of co-funding (if applicable) 

Applications should be sent in PDF format and are accepted on a rolling basis!

*Please note: by submitting your manuscript, you agree that Academics in Solidarity will send it to a specialist in the field of your publication for internal peer-review.

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