The Decentered Advocacy Scheme


In the spirit of decentring the activities undertaken by SCUDD, the SCUDD Executive invites applications from groups of academics (including casualised, fixed-term contract colleagues) for small grants (up to £1000) to support activities relating to advocacy for, and within the discipline. In order to encourage collaboration, applications must come from colleagues in at least two member departments.

While the purpose of the scheme is to facilitate concrete advocacy actions (including, but not limited to, event organisation, campaigning, workshop facilitation) it is understood that applications may contain an element of research in them insofar as it raises data relevant to advocacy; and applications must contain an element of dissemination/sharing of good practice.

In the first iteration of this scheme, the SCUDD Executive will receive applications throughout the year (June to June conference), and offer awards of up to £1000 out of a total project pot of £4,000. In the spirit of acknowledging the urgency of anti-racist actions within our discipline, at least half of that pot (£2,000) will be ring-fenced for projects with a specific anti-racist focus, while we expect all projects and actions to consider intersectionality in their design. Successful applicants must report on their activity at an agreed AGM or GM (June or November) according to the nature of the action. Funds may be used to match or complement internal institutional applications.

In summary, applications must:

  • be action-focused
  • involve colleagues from at least two member departments
  • contain an element of dissemination
  • include a report back to the GM or AGM
  • take into consideration intersectional identities

Applications may:

  • contain an element of research for advocacy
  • be used to complement/match-fund internal institutional funding

Applications may not:

  • exceed £1,000
  • be exclusively focused on research

At least half (£2,000) of the total scheme funds will be dedicated to projects with a specifically anti-racist focus.

The SCUDD Executive wishes to keep the award as open as possible, with a simple application process. This aims to encourage participation in a collegiate spirit of overall development of our discipline in Higher Education and the communities we serve. Applications and enquiries should be sent to [email protected].


  • A4, up to 600 words, containing
    • Name, job title and affiliation of applicants
    • Brief statement of support from your line managers, with email addresses
    • Amount sought
    • Justification/rationale
    • Actions to be undertaken (with cost breakdown, if appropriate)
    • Dissemination methods

The Executive will aim to offer a response within 4 weeks of receipt of the application.