Current funding opportunities

Hosting a conference grants

Deadline for Applications: Friday, 19 July 2019

For more information, please contact Jacqueline Sylvester at


Purpose of the award

The primary aim of this grant is to assist departments in arranging research conferences and symposia with seed funding to initiate conference arrangements. The focus is on providing support for smaller research conferences that otherwise would not take place without this seed funding. This grant is not intended for research development workshops or for large regular international conferences or national society annual conferences.  

Application conditions

  • Normally, given that this grant is intended to provide seed funding to initiate conference arrangements, applications must be for conferences to take place in the year following the application and these applications will be prioritised. In this case, the Committee will be considering applications for conferences taking place in 2020. However, applications for conferences occurring in the year of application (but at least three months subsequent to the outcome date) will be considered under exceptional circumstances. In this case, a strong motivation must accompany the application, indicating why it was not possible to submit an application to the previous call.
  • The Department or Group must:
    • be able to attract international leaders to participate in the UCT conference who will  interact with academic staff and postgraduate students;
    • have a strong and productive research team in the area of the proposed conference; and
    • have a strong nucleus of productive research students of high calibre who will benefit from participation in the conference.
  • The proposed conference, which may be open or closed, must further the development of research at UCT.
  • The application must indicate expected research output. Please note that peer reviewed output that generates subsidy carries a higher weighting.
  • The Department or Group must partly contribute to the financing of the conference (this contribution should be over and above the provision of space and routine facilities and support) or provide reasons why this is not possible, and be responsible for its organisation.
  • Where there is more than one application per department, the Dean must prioritise the applications.


UCT researchers who are:

  • Permanent and T2 contract academic staff;
  • Honorary Research Associates; Emeritus Professors; Emeritus Associate Professors; Honorary Professors; Honorary Associate Professors and Senior Research Scholars who have published in accredited, subsidy-earning publications in the past year; and
  • Joint permanent academic staff (excluding registrars).

Submission process

  • The applicant must use the correct application form (R&I16) downloaded from  
  • The applicant must ensure that the complete and correctly endorsed application reaches the Research Office on or before the deadline date of 19 July 2019. Under NO circumstances will the deadline be extended. Please ensure that you receive an acknowledgement of receipt after two days of the closing date.
  • Hard copies may be posted to the Research Office, Research Grants Management Cluster, 2 Rhodes Avenue, Mowbray OR e-mailed to  (but not both) on or before deadline date.


Deadline for Round one applications: Friday, 19 July 2019 
Date of committee meeting where awards are decided: Monday, 12 August 2019 
Outcome dates: 23 August 2019