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ACU Early Career Conference Grants

Opportunity NameEarly Career Conference Grants
AgencyThe Association of Commonwealth Universities
ValueVirtual conferences — Up to £650
In-person conferences — Up to £2000
Indirect CostsN/A
DurationTravel should take place between April 1 – September 30, 2023
Application due to FSc RO at for full review11-14-2022
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review11-21-2022
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review11-24-2022, by 9:00AM
Application due at agency 11-28-2022, by 11:59PM (UTC)

To support emerging academics from ACU member universities, to attend relevant conferences or academic meetings in another Commonwealth country.


Applicant must: 

  • Be employed by an ACU member university with a job title of lecturer, post-doctoral researcher, professor, associate professor, or equivalent. 
  • Be within 7 years of the start of their academic (research/teaching) career, with the exception of those who have had career breaks. A career break is a period of time out from employment for personal or professional reasons, including to care for children. 
  • Not have previously travelled for work purposes (including conferences) outside their region of employment since the start of their academic career. 
  • Not be a previous recipient of an ACU Early Career Conference Grant (previously known as Early Career Academic Grants).

How to Apply

York University researchers are reminded that all applications for external research funding, including Letters of Intent, must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Services before they are submitted to the granting agency.  For internal approval, the application must be accompanied by a completed ORS Checklist, which requires the Dean’s signature.  Please send the complete application, with the finalized budget and a completed ORS checklist to, five days prior to agency deadline.

ORS is accepting electronic applications – the process is outlined here.

For specific questions, please contact FSc Research Services at