In one sense, the talk I gave at the IAML (UK & Ireland) Annual Study Weekend last year (2018) could be seen as a sequel to the “Ghosts of Borrowers Past” talk, which I gave in 2016. However, it also offered me the opportunity to talk about something completely different – the tricky task of finding and applying for research grant-funding. For this talk, I shape-shifted into a latter-day Dick Whittington, eager to convince everyone that academia’s streets are indeed paved with golden funding opportunities.
I felt as though I was talking about “how to get money without robbing a bank”, as I explained my present situation. I’ve been fortunate to have had a series of part-time research-secondments since the AHRC-funded Bass Culture project came to a close in 2015, but at that point, I was encouraged not only to pursue a new project, but also to seek grant funding in order to widen my research – and, of course, to help fund it!Continue reading