Richard Bonney Literary Fund
The Richard Bonney Literary Fund provides small grants for scholars in the research 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 quality of applications.
The grants are intended to help with the costs of publishing, research visits, attending conferences or seminars.
This year we encourage applications from researchers focusing on: Community cohesion: Leicester has been much lauded as an example of a success story in terms of community cohesion, but is this the whole story? How does Leicester today compare with other multi-faith/multicultural/diverse cities, or with its own recent past?
Now open for applications for 2019. Deadline is 30 April 2019. Decisions will be given to applicants by 1 June 2019
- 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 (applicants do not necessarily need to be at the start of their academic careers: they might have switched a research topic to this area)
- Applicants should be committed to producing research that meets high standards of academic rigour and objectivity. Typically, applicants would be Masters or PhD students or postdoctoral researchers who do not have a current post.
Please note that successful applicants will be required to provide a short report to the Advisers to the Fund on the academic event or output(s). This will include 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).
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 academia;
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.