Global South Travel Grant

The World Society Foundation Partners with the Council for European Studies

 15 Travel Grants Available for
Researchers from the Global South

On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, the Council for European Studies (CES) and the World Society Foundation (WSF) are committed to engaging participants from traditionally underrepresented or underserved communities by awarding a limited number of travel grants covering airfare and accommodation (in full or in part) to researchers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.[1]

The year 2020 marks a moment for reflection, given recent and ongoing changes in the boundaries of European citizenship, the fragile institutional arrangements of the European social model, the postcolonial analysis of Europe in the world, the population dynamics that define who is European, Europe’s changing relationships with other regions and parts of world society, including the Global South, and the configuration of global hegemony. Read the full conference call for proposals here.

Travel grants will be determined in two stages.

Stage 1: 

A selection committee, organized by both organizations, will review applicants’ extended synopses. We seek 2-3 page versions of the paper as a whole that identify an important issue, convey a sense of the answer to the question, as well as the concrete methodological approach and information that will form the evidence upon which the argument of the paper is based. Highest priority will be given to papers that combine a general theoretical discussion with new empirical findings. We are also seeking to assemble an edited volume from among the submissions that address the conference themes of the past, present, and future of Europe as a utopia or dystopia. To what extent has Europe served as a model or anti-model for considerations such as health, immigration, populism, the environment or other concrete areas of global interest? How has this affected perceptions, policies, or societies both within and outside of Europe, with special attention to the developing world?

Issues that may be addressed by papers include (but are not limited to):

Health and Wellbeing in Society:

  • Health inequalities, health policy and politics, caregiving and help-seeking, mental health, social inequalities in health, and climate change and population health

Race and Ethnicity:

  • Islamophobia, ethnic roots, theories of immigration and integration, and the legacies of colonial history on contemporary European policymaking

Environmental and Technological Issues:

  • Consumption of resources and its impact on the environment, the potential for green technologies, technological impacts on democracy, business models and adoption of new practices

Submissions will be accepted from Monday, August 26th until October 4th, 2019. Applications should be submitted via Formsite here.

The selection committee will notify submitters about its decision regarding draft papers by Thursday, October 31, 2019.

Stage 2: 

Applicants whose draft papers are selected by the committee will be asked to submit manuscripts of up to 8000 words by Monday, February 17, 2020.

Notification of selected papers will be announced by March 20, 2020

Authors from institutions in the Global South (Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East) whose papers reveal actionable research and excellence in the field will be awarded full coverage for transportation, accommodation, and meals. Accommodation and travel will be provided for one author per accepted full paper using the most economical travel route.


Applications open August 26, 2019 and are due on or before October 11, 2019.

Conference Sponsorship: 
The conference is supported by the World Society Foundation (Zurich, Switzerland), the Council for European Studies at Columbia University (CES) and the University of Iceland. For more information on the conference and for updates, please visit:


[1] International Sociological Associate country categories B and C: