Due to the ongoing Covid-19 virus situation, the Mind Association is suspending its conference grant competition until further notice.

General Information

The schemes

The Mind Association offers two kinds of grant to support those wishing to organize philosophy conferences in the UK and Ireland:

  • Major Conference Grants: £2000 maximum typically for large multi-day events.
  • Minor Conference Grants: £600 maximum, typically for smaller one-day events.

Applications are assessed in two competitive funding rounds per year. Final decisions on funding are made at the April/May and the November meetings of the Mind Exec. The deadlines for applications are March 1 (for the April/ May meeting) and October 1 (for the November meeting).

Early applications will be welcomed. Late applications will be rejected. Ex post facto applications after the award decision date will be rejected. All grant awards are conditional on the presentation of satisfactory conference reports and accounts.

Prudent use of conference-grant funds is encouraged, as it enables the Mind Association to fund more events in total. We expect organisers not to claim more of the award than they actually need, and ask that they return to us any funds that turn out to be surplus.

Funds to cover costs relating to delegates with disabilities

The sums specified above are not inclusive of any funds required to cover costs relating specifically to access to the conference for delegates with disabilities. Conference grant applicants should specify any such costs in their budget, and include in their application a clear special request for any monies needed for this purpose.

Association policy on the award of grants

  • The Association only funds conferences that are open to all.
  • Conference grants are normally awarded only for conferences held in the British Isles.
  • The Association will only fund conferences that are thematically coherent and philosophically innovative.
  • The Association funds interdisciplinary conferences, but only if they have a suitably substantial philosophical element.
  • For any given Department or Institute that is due to host more than one conference in contention for a Conference Grant (Major or Minor) in any given round, the total funds available will be capped at £3000.
  • Grants are assessed on their merits in each round on a one-off basis. The Mind Association does not enter into long-term funding arrangements with any recurring conference series.
  • Repeater (e.g. annual) Major grant applications are capped at £1000.
  • When putting the conference programme together, conference organizers should adhere to the BPA/SWIP Good Practice Scheme and the BPA/SWIP Guidelines for Accessible Conferences, and should also use the relevant part of the application form to explain in detail how they have done so.
  • When putting the conference programme together, conference organizers should ensure that early career researchers (i.e. those below the level of senior lecturer) are prominently represented.


Applications must be made on the following form:

Conference Grant Application Form

Please send your application form by email, with subject heading as ‘Major [or] Minor Conference Grant Application’ as applicable, to the Director of the Association, Prof Daniel Whiting at MindAssoc@gmail.com

Applications must state what other sources of funding have been sought, including those from the host department. (If the host department is not supporting the conference financially, applicants are invited to explain why not.)

You should expect an acknowledgement by email within two or three weeks; if you do not receive an acknowledgement, then you cannot assume your application has been safely received.

Notification and post-award

  • If you are successful in your application, the Director will let you know by email.
  • The Association normally issues the funds in arrears, on receipt of a satisfactory report which includes a clear statement of expenditure. This report must be sent to the Treasurer, Prof Sophie Grace Chappell at sophie-grace.chappell@open.ac.uk cc  MindAssoc@gmail.com on the following form:
Conference Report Form
  • Please note that funds are awarded by the Treasurer in the form of a cheque, and it needs to be payable to an institutional body: personal cheques are not normally permissible.
  • When sending the conference report please highlight the following details in the covering email:
    (i) How much the cheque is for;
    (ii) who the cheque should be made out to (an institutional body); and
    (iii) what address the cheque should be sent to.