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International Workshop Awards

***Apply now for this year’s round of Awards – deadline extended from Friday 17th to Friday 24th March 2017!***

The Antipode Foundation exists for the promotion and advancement of social scientific research, education and scholarship in the field of radical geography. Antipode Foundation International Workshop Awards are intended to support radical geographers holding events (including conferences, workshops, seminar series, summer schools and action research meetings) that further radical analyses of geographical issues and engender the development of a new and better society.[1] The Antipode Foundation will explicitly privilege applicants and initiatives from historically under-represented groups, regions, countries and institutions.

The Foundation encourages applications that are collaborative in nature. We strive to fund work that leads to the exchange of ideas across disciplinary boundaries, countries and sectors; and to the building of relationships and productive partnerships. We encourage participation and engagement, cooperation and co-enquiry, whether with fellow scholars, research groups, university departments, NGOs, think tanks or social movements. The Foundation also encourages initiatives that are adventurous, that explore the boundaries of established academic practice, and that trespass and disrupt disciplinary borders. We seek work that is innovative and original, but more than that, we want to fund work that is significant: we’d like to support activities that have implications for praxis, to better understand contemporary political concerns and to develop alternatives.

The Antipode Foundation expects to allocate each successful application up to £10,000 (ten thousand pounds sterling, or its equivalent in the awardee’s currency of choice) but the amount of the grant will vary according to the nature of the proposed event(s) and location. The distribution of funds will be as equitable as possible, with prospective additional resources being taken into consideration. The scheme is not intended to allow organisers to make a surplus from an event.


Anyone can apply for an Antipode Foundation International Workshop Award (including activists, academics and students), but the grant must be held and administered by a host institution (and it is also expected that university facilities will be used to support the event wherever possible). Events must take place within the year of award; in this case between 1st June 2017 and 31st May 2018. Those who have already received funding for a previous workshop are not eligible to apply for another.[2] Eligible expenses may include economy-class travel, translation, accommodation and catering.

It is a policy of the Antipode Foundation not to pay university overheads and indirect costs, or university staff salaries and oncosts. There is an established convention in the UK and elsewhere that grants paid by charities generally cover only a proportion of the work to be done, with institutions finding the remainder from other funding sources. Our grants are exclusively for the promotion and advancement of social scientific research, education and scholarship in the field of radical and critical geography.

Application forms

Application forms are available here or from the Foundation’s Secretary, Andy Kent (, and should be returned to him by/on Friday 17th March 2017 Friday 24th March 2017 (deadline extended 09.03.17).

Assessment process

Applications will be considered by a panel of Trustees of the Antipode Foundation, and all applicants will be notified of the results in late May 2017. Unfortunately, we cannot give detailed feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

Post-award procedures

The support of an Antipode Foundation International Workshop Award should be acknowledged at the event(s) and in any outputs arising from it. The phrase to use is: “This work is/was supported by an International Workshop Award from the Antipode Foundation.”

Successful awardees should provide a short (one page) report one calendar year after receipt of the award. This should be sent to Andy Kent and will be posted online at in the interests of transparency and to encourage further applications. We also welcome more detailed reports, including photos and recordings of presentations for the website, and are happy to advertise workshops throughout the year.

October 2016


[1] Please note that these awards were known as “Antipode Foundation Regional Workshop Awards” in 2012/13.

[2] We invite all Antipode Foundation International Workshop Award recipients to apply for “follow-on” funding after 24 months. There is a single £10,000 grant made each year; all Awards should have implications for praxis, and this grant–a “proof of concept” fund, so to speak–will support the most innovative and creative dissemination, enable outcomes to be further developed so their potential can be fully realised, and build durable legacies.

The results of the 2012/132013/14 and 2014/15 Awards, together with progress reports from the grant recipients, are available online.

For 2015/16, the fourth year of the International Workshop Awards, we were delighted to receive 45 applications. We say this every year, but the standard really was very high, and this made the final decision extremely difficult. The Antipode Foundation’s trustees would like to thank all the applicants; you can see the great work we’re funding here.

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