Sydney Bailey Fund

The CRS promotes academic and policy-relevant research on conflict processes, and conflict and cooperation. The CRS boasts an international membership supporting leading and world class research on conflict and peace. The Society provides a forum of deliberation for our partners including leading global academic institutions and NGOs. In response to the difficult multidimensional challenges of conflict and cooperation, the CRS brings together a wide range of multidisciplinary research to foster key debates on important issues around the world.

As part of this mission, we invite PhD students to apply for small research grants (for up to £1,000) through the Sydney Bailey Fund. The Sydney Bailey fund was set up in 1995 by Professor Chris Mitchell (then Chair of the CRS), and is funded through donations from CRS members. Through the Sydney Bailey fund the CRS provides financial support to PhD researchers undertaking world class peace and conflict research.

Eligibility criteria:

  • The grant is intended for PhD students (of all nationalities).
  • The research grant is intended to support research activities for the PhD student’s dissertation, such as travel for fieldwork or research assistance for data collection. We do not accept funding applications for attending conferences or for the purchase of equipment.

The Awardee will be:

  • Offered the opportunity to present their research at the CRS’s annual September conference.
  • Write a short report about the use of funds for the CRS website, and also to record a video interview or a podcast of her/his research for the CRS website.
  • Expected to make a short 1-2 minute video in the field describing their research project. This video will be used to promote the Sydney Bailey Fund scholarship the following year.

Application deadline and procedure:

Applications must be submitted by 14 July 2023.  Applicants must submit: (a) a curriculum vitae; (b) a 200 word abstract of the PhD project; (c) a 1000 word research proposal; (d) up to 200 words on how the grant will be used to achieve the research objectives; (e) a detailed budget. The evaluation of the application is based on the merits and feasibility of the proposed research.

Please submit applications in PDF format via email, complete with attachments to:
In the subject line, please write: Sydney Bailey Fund: [YOUR NAME].

All applicants will receive a decision within a month, by 14 August 2023. Note that the chosen recipient will be asked to provide proof of enrolment from their university’s home department before funds can be distributed. Given the ongoing uncertainty caused by Covid-19, we recommend that the award recipient arranges travel that is refundable/changeable. All foreign travels must follow government and the recipient’s university guidance. If the award money cannot be spent by March 2024, we ask that it be returned to the CRS and go into the pot for next year’s application round.

Past grant recipients


Noyonika Das, University of Amsterdam


Gina Vale, King’s College London


Amanda Hall, University of St Andrews


Inga Kristina Trauthig, King’s College London