NOTE: This information is from the 2017 Conference site. Updates will be added shortly.
We are aware that some delegates may have financial restrictions if they are travelling from a low income country or are not members of universities. We are looking into possible sources of funding for such circumstances so please do continue to check this page. If you would like to offer any assistance or know of any funding sources please contact us.
The resources below may also offer some guidance in finding financial assistance.
Remember, travel funds will always be more available if you are presenting a paper at the conference.
Your Own Institution
The first place to look is within your own institution. Try asking about:
• Departmental, school, faculty and university-wide schemes..
• Funds held by specific research clusters, or for particular types of (usually innovative or networking) research work.
• Other ‘pots’ of funding are sometimes available on related projects. It pays to ask those working in cognate areas whether you could be ‘adopted’ by their project and further their research by attending.
• Postgraduate groups, and other under-represented communities sometimes have small amounts of funding that you can apply for.
• Alumni or ‘friends’ associations. These may offer funds, or have awards available.
• Finally, consider whether your attendance might also couple with recruitment or promotional activities. Committing to a few days of promotional (or other) work alongside the conference, or committing to write a blog post for your institution’s public relations office might make it possible for your university to fund at least the travel and accommodation.
Remember, you may not get all of your travel funded, so consider applying for funds for travel only, or for only the conference fee.
Note: many internal schemes will be decided by committees meeting at regular intervals throughout the year, and will have long lead-ins. So it pays to find out well in advance, and give yourself time to fill in applications.
Public and private funding bodies
The same bodies that fund research, may also offer conference awards. Both private and public funders may tailor their funding to topics and audiences that advance their work. To find out more about these, contact those working in your university’s research funding development unit. They keep an eye on all upcoming funding opportunities, and should know of any potential sources.
Alternatively, you can scan the funders’ websites yourself, or use a tool like Research Professional (https://www.researchprofessional.com) to carry out a search.
Learned Societies often offer funding for travel and conference attendance. However, there is usually a requirement to be a member of the society in order to obtain funding.
Industrial and other business funds
• Industry partners may have funding available, particularly if you are able to make that sponsorship clear in your paper.
• Local businesses too may be happy to partner with you and support you for some additional visibility.
• You may even be able to persuade a newspaper, magazine, or blog to run an article on you and your work, in exchange for travel funds, particularly if your research is story-worthy.
Other available funding
In addition to the above, it pays to:
• Search for geographically specific sources: From Africa, for example: http://www.advance-africa.com/Travel-Grants.html.
• Scan academic blogs, particularly those from your own country. For example, the ‘Thesis Whisperer’ blog carried information about Australian travel in 2012: https://theresearchwhisperer.wordpress.com/2012/05/08/travel-funding/
• Simply search the Internet. A Google search with variations of ‘conference travel fund’, and your country, or field, or institution’s name may highlight opportunities that all of the above have missed.
Sites, blogs, media and other resources
The following are third-party resources that demonstrate the breadth of the field of Anticipation. Please let us know if you spot any broken links, errors, or would like us to add anything to this list.
- University of Bristol’s Brigstow Institute
- University of Bristol’s Cabot Institute
- Foresight international
- Future for Lifelong Learning
- Global Guerrillas
- Government office for science
- Hawai’i Research Centre for Futures Studies
- HHL Center for Strategy and Scenario Planning
- Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
- Institute for the Future
- Open the Future
- Mental Capital and wellbeing foresight project
- Schooling for the Future
- Teach the future: with a bank of resources at http://library.teachthefuture.org/results/
- The Great Transition
- UK Gov Foresight projects
- Tomorrow Today
- International Risk Governance Council
- Utopian Studies Society
- World Futures Studies Federation
- Institute for Social Futures
- The Sceptical Futuryst
- Richard Slaughter’s blog
- Keri Facer’s blog
- Michele Bastian’s blog
- Andy Hinesight
Art and Media
- Future Human Visionaries Podcasts
- History of the future in 100 objects
- History of the future (radio episode guide)
- UK Gov publication on a visual history of future cities
- 30-year history of the future (TED Talk)