Artists

Members of the network are keen to work with artists with an interest in secrecy and/or ignorance. Please see the Arts Council Funding Finder for details of grants.

Practitioners

In addition to artists, we welcome the opportunity to engage with practitioners, including government, civic organisations and activists. Please see the University of Bristol – Impact page for examples. Related funding opportunities can be found on the University of Bristol – Working with industry page. Please contact us to discuss others. And do keep an eye out for future opportunities for collaboration through the Partnership scheme based at the university’s new Civic University project (starting in 2022).

Prospective PhD students/Current PhD students

We are always open to new PhD students. Prospective UK/EU students, please see South West Doctoral Training Programme funding pages. International students, may apply to the University of Bristol PhD funding stream. Other opportunities are listed here. Please do consider contacting us in the first instance, as we are happy to help and advise with PhD applications, especially for those coming from minoritised communities (Global South, first generation PhD, LGTBQ+, BAME British).

Visiting PhD students from other institutions are also welcome. Our institutions have vibrant PhD communities, including PhD and staff research seminars that run throughout the year. For more information, see the Visiting Postgraduates information page.

Postdoctoral researchers

Postdoctorates are hosted by the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies where Network director Dr Elspeth Van Veeren is based. We would be delighted to host work in any area relating to secrecy and ignorance. Funding opportunities are listed below with their 2019 deadlines (these schemes typically run each year). We ask for expressions of interest eight weeks in advance. These should contain: a CV (three pages) and a project summary including an explanation of why the South West Secrecy and Ignorance Network would be a good fit for you. Please send your expressions of interest to secrecyresearch@gmail.com, making clear which scheme you would like to apply for.

University of Bristol Vice Chancellor’s Fellowships
New opportunities advertised periodically. 

Arts and Humanities Research Council Early Careers Grants
Open call – no deadline. Fellowships vary in duration, up to 60 months. 

Economic and Social Research Council Fellowships
2019 deadline: 22 March 2019. Fellowships last for one year. The scheme is open to those within one year of the award of a doctorate (excepting ‘career breaks’). 

British Academy Fellowships
2019 deadline (for outline stage): 16 October. Fellowships last for three years. The scheme is open to those within three years of the award of a doctorate (some exemptions) with a ‘strong prior association’ with the UK academic community. 

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships
2019 deadline: 11 September. Fellowships last approximately 18 months to two years, covering costs for salary and host institution as well as a research budget. The scheme is open to researchers across the world looking to work in Europe. 

Research staff

SPAIS hosts Visiting Researchers and Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorships. Interested researchers are warmly welcomed to contact us to apply.

Artists

Members of the network are keen to work with artists with an interest in secrecy and/or ignorance. Please see the Arts Council Funding Finder for details of grants.

Practitioners

In addition to artists, we welcome the opportunity to engage with practitioners, including government, civic organisations and activists. Please see the University of Bristol – Impact page for examples. Related funding opportunities can be found on the University of Bristol – Working with industry page. Please contact us to discuss others. And do keep an eye out for future opportunities for collaboration through the Partnership scheme based at the university’s new Civic University project (starting in 2022).

Prospective PhD students/Current PhD students

We are always open to new PhD students. Prospective UK/EU students, please see South West Doctoral Training Programme funding pages. International students, may apply to the University of Bristol PhD funding stream. Other opportunities are listed here. Please do consider contacting us in the first instance, as we are happy to help and advise with PhD applications, especially for those coming from minoritised communities (Global South, first generation PhD, LGTBQ+, BAME British).

Visiting PhD students from other institutions are also welcome. Our institutions have vibrant PhD communities, including PhD and staff research seminars that run throughout the year. For more information, see the Visiting Postgraduates information page.

Postdoctoral researchers

Postdoctorates are hosted by the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies where Network director Dr Elspeth Van Veeren is based. We would be delighted to host work in any area relating to secrecy and ignorance. Funding opportunities are listed below with their 2019 deadlines (these schemes typically run each year). We ask for expressions of interest eight weeks in advance. These should contain: a CV (three pages) and a project summary including an explanation of why the South West Secrecy and Ignorance Network would be a good fit for you. Please send your expressions of interest to secrecyresearch@gmail.com, making clear which scheme you would like to apply for.

University of Bristol Vice Chancellor’s Fellowships
New opportunities advertised periodically. 

Arts and Humanities Research Council Early Careers Grants
Open call – no deadline. Fellowships vary in duration, up to 60 months. 

Economic and Social Research Council Fellowships
2019 deadline: 22 March 2019. Fellowships last for one year. The scheme is open to those within one year of the award of a doctorate (excepting ‘career breaks’). 

British Academy Fellowships
2019 deadline (for outline stage): 16 October. Fellowships last for three years. The scheme is open to those within three years of the award of a doctorate (some exemptions) with a ‘strong prior association’ with the UK academic community. 

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships
2019 deadline: 11 September. Fellowships last approximately 18 months to two years, covering costs for salary and host institution as well as a research budget. The scheme is open to researchers across the world looking to work in Europe. 

Research staff

SPAIS hosts Visiting Researchers and Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorships. Interested researchers are warmly welcomed to contact us to apply.

Our research spans a wide variety of issues and approaches relating to secrecy and ignorance, with experts on secrecy, law and liberal government; sexualities, race and gender in relation to secrecy; intelligence oversight; scientific and technical knowledge (un)making; methods and methodologies of studying secrecy and ignorance; and cultures of secrecy and insecurity. Our network also includes regional expertise and networks in the US, Europe, the Sahel region in North Africa, as well as expertise in the domains of trans rights, migration, chemical weapons, cybersecurity, government transparency, maritime security, counter-terrorism and political extremism.

For more, please visit our Projects, People, Publications, and Podcasts pages. And do consider coming to Work with Us!