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TWQ Global South Colloquium Fund

Promoting the voices of Global South researchers in academic knowledge production and transfer

Important Notice [18.02.2021]

The Third World Quarterly Global South Colloquium Fund (GSCF) is  now sponsoring a number of online workshop events. Grants for in-person meetings will continue to be temporarily suspended in light of the postponements or cancellation of most in-person conferences worldwide, as well as the global travel restrictions. Only a select number of online, virtual meetings are being supported. 


Third World Quarterly (TWQ) is committed to supporting its researcher and readership communities in their work relating to the Global South, and has therefore instituted a TWQ Global South Colloquium Fund (GSCF).

GSCF has as its main purpose the enabling of work by Global South researchers, and especially those working in the critical tradition on Global South issues, to be presented and disseminated with maximum impact. The fields of especial relevance for support include academic production and knowledge transfer in the research and policy fields of International Relations, Political Science, Development Studies, Area Studies and related disciplines.

Since its inception, Third World Quarterly has been particularly keen to encourage transnational and regional cooperation to ensure diverse debates at the highest levels of academic research. The GSCF is therefore currently offering two main elements of financial support.

  • First, GSCF is making available grants for supporting a meeting, event or panel session which would cover issues considered pertinent to the Global South research agenda.  The Fund will also have a preference for supporting events which seek to further the debate, discussion and dissemination of ideas and issues in International Relations on the global stage, rather than matters of purely local concern.

Meetings to be held in the Global South will be given preference in each year’s funding round, but this does not preclude events elsewhere being supported. GSCF hopes that papers from such meetings could be submitted for consideration and publication in Third World Quarterly, although the final papers would be required to undergo independent peer review evaluation, as is standard practice. The Fund could also, for example, support a reception for Early Career Researcher (ECR) delegates or an ECR Panel Session at a bigger conference. We are keen to encourage ECRs pursuing a research agenda in relevant fields.

  • Second, the GSCF has available travel grants up to a maximum of £500 to support the travel costs of those attending a relevant event, with preference (but not exclusively) given to ECRs from the Global South. The Fund will only support help for travel for one individual from each institution to a particular event.

Third World Quarterly recognises the important networking and intellectual opportunities that event attendance affords, but is aware of the often-inhibitive financial demands of doing so. The Fund’s travel grants will only cover travel costs after an event registration is confirmed, but will not cover registration, accommodation or subsistence costs. Again, we would look forward to receiving a submission to Third World Quarterly based on any paper given, but acceptance would be subject to independent peer review.

The TWQ GSCF seeks, wherever possible, to cover the total amount of support requested, but may only be able to offer partial support.

Image: South-up Peters projection (Daniel R. Strebe, CC BY-SA)

To express an interest in applying to the fund or to receive an application form, please email the TWQ GSCF Coordinator: [email protected]

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