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Call for BSA PGForum Event Proposals

cropped-screen-shot-2014-12-09-at-20-27-324.pngCall for BSA Regional Postgraduate Day Event Proposals 2020

The British Sociological Association is requesting expressions of interest from postgraduate students interested in organising a regional postgraduate day event in 2020.

In 2019, fourteen postgraduate events were accepted to be held throughout the UK. These one-day events express the diversity and dynamism of the postgraduate experience. It is hoped that Regional Postgraduate Day Events will provide a variety of events throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and that they will become an annual series in the BSA calendar.

We are looking for postgraduate organisers willing to co-ordinate with speakers and the BSA to organise a day event at the student’s institution. The BSA will provide up to £1,000 support for the event, which should be £5 for BSA members to attend and £15 for non-members. The grant can be used to pay for room hire, speakers, lunch and refreshments, please note that alcohol cannot be purchased using BSA funds. Organisers are encouraged to seek a contribution from the host institution, such as free meeting room or a financial contribution to refreshments. The BSA Office will help promote and publicise the events through a number of outlets including flyers in membership packs, the BSA website and member e-newsletters. 

For advice on how to organise an event, have a read of this blog post!

Please email all expressions of interest to, addressing all correspondence:  BSA REGIONAL POSTGRADUATE EVENTS 2020.

All applicants must be a current BSA member. If you would like to become a BSA member visit our website for more information. The submission deadline for proposals is: 5pm, Friday 27 September 2019. Late applications will not be considered.                                           

Expressions of interest should include the following details:

Name of organiser(s):




Proposal for Regional Postgraduate Event:

  • Proposed dates
  • Proposed theme
  • Potential speakers
  • Anticipated costs


Please note the following criteria used to judge applications

All applications will be considered by the membership services directors and a postgraduate convenor.  A final decision is then made by the Trustees taking into consideration the feedback from the postgraduate convenor and based on the following selection criteria:

  • Breadth of appeal beyond the organising group
  • Centrality to sociological concerns
  • Quality of information provided
  • Geographical spread
  • Distinctiveness from previous events and institutions


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