Call for Applications: ACU Early Career Conference Grants 2022 (Deadline: 30 November 2021)

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Early Career Conference Grants are now calling for applications. The grants support emerging academics who have never travelled for work purposes (including conferences) outside their region of employment since the start of their academic career.


About the Grants
The grants will fund participation in virtual or in-person conferences which take place between 1 April and 30 September 2022.



  • Applicants must be employed by an ACU member university, including CUHK, as a lecturer, post-doctoral researcher, associate professor, professor, or equivalent.
  • Be within seven years of the start of their academic (research/teaching) career.
  • Not have previously travelled for work purposes (including conferences) outside their region of employment since the start of their academic career (definition of regions).
  • Not be a previous recipient of an ACU Early Career Conference Grant (previously known as Early Career Academic Grants).


Scope of support

Virtual conferences In-person conferences
  • Conference registration fee of up to GBP 600
  • A data grant of GBP 50 who do not have reliable access to Wi-Fi
  • Free access to a half-day training session on how to deliver great virtual presentations
The grants cover up to GBP 2,000 to fund:

  • Conference registration fee
  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Visa costs
  • Travel and health insurance
  • COVID-19 testing required for travel



  • Before applying, applicants must first research the border restrictions and COVID-19 vaccine and testing requirements of the country where the conference is hosted. Applicants will need to confirm that they are able to travel to their chosen conference without being required to quarantine, if successful.
  • Must select a conference outside of their country of employment.


Interested parties should first register for a MyACU account and log in to the system to access the application form. Application should be submitted with the required information by 30 November 2021, 16:00 UTC.


For further information, please refer to the webpage. For enquiries, please send an email to

Applicants are advised to send a copy of their application to the Office of Academic Links (c/o Ms. LAI Ching Yee; for record.

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