Call for Funding Proposals

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Call for Funding Proposals

Application Deadline: 31 March 2020

About the Role

The Editorial Committee of The Journal of Legal History and Routledge, Taylor & Francis are pleased to announce a call for applications for funding a one-day conference to take place at any time between 1 July 2020 and 1 July 2021. Our aim is to support scholarly activity broadly within the scope of The Journal of Legal History – the development of the common law, both in the British Isles and overseas, on the history of the laws of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, and on Roman law and the European legal tradition.

Available funding: up to £5,000

Deadline for applications: 31 March 2020

Guidelines for Applicants

  1. Applications will only be accepted from the conference organisers, who hold an established academic position at a university in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland. Applications to fund primarily postgraduate conferences will not be accepted.

  2. Applications must include a statement of no more than 500 words detailing the nature and proposed format of the conference, an explanation of its relevance to the aims and scope of The Journal of Legal History, and its contribution to the development to the field of legal history. Please indicate the following:
    1. Anticipated number of attendees;
    2. Number of expected speakers;
    3. Details of speakers along with an indication of whether they have given a commitment to participate.
  1. Applications must demonstrate a financial case for support. Please provide details of other support given or applied for in connection with the current application, and an itemised budget including estimated costs of:
    1. venue hire;
    2. catering;
    3. administrative costs;
    4. travel and accommodation of speakers, if relevant.
  1. The Journal of Legal History reserves the right of first refusal to publish papers arising from the conference. It will be the organisers’ responsibility to select four or five papers of high quality and submit them to the Editor of The Journal of Legal History, which will be subject to the normal review procedures of the Journal, with no guarantee of publication.

Assessment Criteria

All applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the aims and scope of The Journal of Legal History;
  • The scholarly ambition and coherence of the conference, measured in terms of: original and timely research questions; strong intellectual framework; clear focus; coherent links between any sub-themes;
  • Extent of the likely scholarly impact on the subject area;
  • Expertise of participants.

Terms of Funding

  • The Journal of Legal History’s and Routledge’s support will be acknowledged in all publicity about the conference (website, CFPs, mailing-list announcements, etc.);
  • Any sum granted can be paid only into an official conference account or departmental account. Payment cannot be made to specific individuals;
  • Grants are not available for lecture or seminar series, nor for events that form part of an institution’s teaching or training programme;
  • The regular annual conferences of major subject associations or learned societies that charge a membership subscription are not eligible for support;
  • Funding is not available for meetings that are projected to make a profit;
  • There is no restriction against this grant being held in conjunction with awards from other bodies, provided that there is no duplication of expenditure.


  • The deadline for applications is 31 March 2020;
  • Applications to be sent by email attachment (Word) to the editor of The Journal of Legal History, Professor Chantal Stebbings: [email protected];
  • Applicants will be informed of the decision by 30 June 2020;
  • The JLH Conference can be held at any time between that date and 1 July 2021;
  • Subject to point 4 above, papers would be scheduled for publication no later than the August 2022 issue of The Journal of Legal History.
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