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The Richard Bonney Literary Fund is open for grant applications

The Richard Bonney Literary Fund provides small grants for researchers fields of racial and/or religious harmony in multi-faith and multicultural societies. The objective of the Fund is to facilitate and promote research and to disseminate knowledge in this area for the public benefit.

The Fund will normally make one grant annually, of no more than £500, depending on the number and quality of applications.

The grants are intended to help with the costs of publishing, research visits, attending conferences or seminars.
This current round of funding opens on 1 September 2019. We encourage applications from researchers in one or more of the following areas, but we will consider any applications relevant to the overall purpose of the Fund:

  • Has the rise of religious nationalism and identity politics in many countries fatally undermined community cohesion?
  • Is multiculturalism in crisis?
  • Is the current political discourse a new threat to ethnic and religious minorities?

Please submit your proposals before the end of November 2019. The successful applicant(s) will be notified of decisions by 1 January 2020.

Grants are aimed at applicants under 35 years old, but mature students will also be considered.

  • Applicants should be embarking as early career researchers in the area of religious and racial harmony, multi-faith and multicultural society and the values/benefits/defence of this, or to have switched their research interests to this area
  • Applicants should be committed to producing research that meets high standards of academic rigour, objectivity and originality.

Please note that successful applicants will be required to provide a short report to the Advisers to the Fund on the output(s), including an account of expenditure and use of grant money. This report should be no more than two sides of A4 paper in length.
Applicants should acknowledge the support of The Richard Bonney Literary Fund in any communications produced including the final research output(s).

To apply
Please apply by way of writing to the Advisers to the Fund at the email address below with a CV, a completed equal opportunities monitoring form (see below for link) plus no more than 2 sides of A4 outlining:

  • Person summary which briefly summarises your interest in the subject area and your educational background;
  • Project summary including intellectual rationale, aims and planned output(s);
  • A breakdown of costs/budget;
  • Explanation of how this project will have an impact on communities beyond universities or colleges;
  • Explanation of other sources of funds you are receiving or have applied for;
  • Completion of an equal opportunities monitoring form. Click here to download the form. This helps us to ensure appropriate distribution of grants to applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds;
  • 2 references, at least one of which must be academic.

Please email your completed application to:

Professor Richard Bonney

Professor Richard Bonney (1947- 4 August 2017) was Professor of Modern History at the University of Leicester from 1984 until his retirement in 2006 after which he continued at the University as an Emeritus Professor in the School of History. He was ordained as a priest of the Church of England in 1997.

A leading academic and also a Christian priest, Richard was an expert on different faiths, and due to his own experience living in Leicester was a staunch believer in the importance of a society which breeds tolerance and respect for different faiths and cultures.

He fiercely opposed the oppression or subjugation of any group for their beliefs or faiths, and he actively supported marginalised groups with his writing and other activism. He believed that academia could strengthen and promote these values for the public good.

He wrote in a nuanced and informed manner on contemporary political issues such as terrorism and genocide, and the interrelationship between the political and the religious.

His 2004 study Jihad from Qur’an to Bin Laden continues to be one of the most cited works in the field.