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Funding Opportunity: Research on Muslim Women’s Experiences of Maternity Care

About MWNUK

Muslim Women’s Network UK (MWNUK) is a small charity (no.1155092) that works to improve social justice and equality for Muslim women and girls. We find out about their experiences through research and helpline enquiries. We identify policy and practice gaps and use this information to influence political decision makers and inform our community campaigns. We also develop resources and train women, so they are better aware of their rights. 

About the Research

MWNUK has secured funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to undertake research into Muslim women’s experiences of maternity care in England.

Research Aim

The aim of this research is to develop an in-depth understanding of the experiences of Muslim women who have accessed maternity care in the last five years in England. The main objective when analysing their experiences is to find out whether the women felt they were subjected to discriminatory attitudes and behaviours, what this looked like to them and how they felt it impacted on their health care (e.g. whether it could be contributing to increased maternal mortality and morbidity) so that lessons can be learned to mitigate existing inequalities.  

Background to the Research

The deep inequalities in maternity care and outcomes in England are well documented. Black women are 4-5 times more likely to die during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period than White women, while for Asian women it is 2-3 times more likely to be the case. A number of factors may contribute to poorer care and outcomes for certain groups of women. These include biological factors (e.g. individual physiologies or specific underlying health conditions among women from racialised minorities); structural inequalities impacting on socio-economic status, levels of education and thus capacity to communicate effectively; poor maternity practices and discriminatory attitudes among health professionals; insecure migration status leading to delays in seeking help. All of these can increase the risk of complications and limit access to ante-natal care and information. However, all women regardless of their social background or location should receive equally high standards of care. 

In this research, we focus on women’s experiences of discrimination and bias because it is essential that service providers understand what this looks like so that bespoke training can be developed to challenge / change attitudes as opposed to generic equality, diversity and inclusion training.

Research Questions

When gathering in depth information from Muslim women, questions will be designed to elicit the following information:

  • If and how experiences vary according to differing ethnicities (with a focus on Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Indian and Black African and African-Caribbean backgrounds), educational levels, ages, language needs and migration status;
  • If and how experiences vary according to types of maternity care e.g. antenatal advice / care; care during birth; and post-natal advice / care;
  • Perceptions of how they are dealt with by and attitudes of different healthcare practitioners
  • The standard of care received;
  • Mental health impact of experiences i.e. how it made the women feel, including whether their experiences affected their further engagement with health service professionals;
  • Perceptions of physical health impacts including: complications, traumatic births; impact on mother and baby’s health

Research Time-Table

We estimate that this research will take approximately 6 months:

  • October 2020 – desk research on BAME women’s maternal health and analysis of the results of the online survey to be conducted by MWN among Muslim women who have accessed maternity care in England over the last 5 years
  • November 2020 – interview women
  • December 2020 /January 2021 – interview women
  • January / February 2021 – analysis of interview data
  • February / March 2021– first draft of report
  • April / May 2021 – final report

Research Location

Although MWNUK is based in Birmingham, the researcher will be expected to work from home and will conduct telephone or video interviews with women across England.

Applicant Profile

We invite suitably qualified individuals to apply such as those with research experience, preferably to PhD standard and who have experience of interviewing women from Black Asian Minority Ethnic backgrounds. The ability to speak a South Asian language (preferably Urdu or Punjabi) is desirable. The post is open to women only, as it is an occupational requirement that the post be held by a woman (Schedule 9, Part 1, Paragraph 1, Equality Act 2010).

Application Time-Table

  • Deadlines for Applications: 12 noon Monday 28th September 2020
  • Interviews: Week beginning 5th October 2020

Remuneration and Scope of Work to be Covered

The researcher will be self-employed and will be paid £12,600 for the research and report which will include:

  • Analysing an online survey on Muslim women’s maternity experiences
  • Contacting women and arranging about 35 interviews
  • Analysing the interviews
  • Writing a draft followed by a final report

Note:  Although MWN will identify the women to be interviewed, the researcher may be required to provide some support to identify women for the research.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter explaining why you are interested in carrying out this research, strengths you can bring to this piece of work and experience you have of working with and conducting research about women from racialised minorities. Cover letters should be a maximum of 3 sides of A4. Please send these to contact@mwnuk.co.uk.  By 12 noon  Monday 28th September 2020.

Grant program: Integrating Social Science within African Theology

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The Nagel Institute, with generous support from the Templeton Religion Trust, invites project proposals for “Engaging African Realities: Integrating Social Science within African Theology.” Its aim is to support African theologians to engage in fresh social scientific integrated approaches with the goal of producing creative and original projects in grounded theology. We understand grounded theology as an attempt at realizing the potential of theological creativity from the bottom-up, as opposed to a top-down approach. The project seeks to emphasize how grounded theology is compatible with grounded theory in social sciences as a method for seeking hidden patterns and meanings through ethnography, a way to unearth stories and enable answers to questions from African realities. The 12 awards, of not more than $50,000 USD each, will enable grantees to participate in three intensive workshops on social science theory, methods and skills needed for grounded theology, and provide support for research on one of two topical areas:

  • African traditional values and spirituality with reference to religious experience
  • Religious innovation and competition focusing on African resources for innovation

Visit nagelinstitute.org for a comprehensive list of key questions and complete RFP instructions.
Proposals accepted in English, French, or Portuguese.

Applications by 15 September, 2020
Full Proposals (by invitation only) 1 December, 2020

Call for Proposals: Small Grants for Research in Religion and Politics

Call for Proposals:
Small Grants for Research in Religion and Politics
Due August 15, 2020

The Religion and Politics section of the American Political Science Association is requesting proposals for small grant awards of up to $3,000 for research on religion and politics. Proposals may address any topic of theoretical, empirical, and practical significance for the study of religion and politics.

Effective proposals will make clear what the author(s) intend to do, why that research is important, and how the project will be executed.

Proposals should have the following components:

  1. Cover Page: This should contain project title, author(s), institutional affiliation(s), title(s), email address(es), and a project abstract of 250 words or less.
  2. Narrative: This text should be no more than three pages, single-spaced, in a standard font. The narrative should have (at a minimum) the following sections:
    • Project Overview
    • Background and Literature Review
    • Research Design and Analysis Plans
      • In the current context of COVID-19, please address the feasibility of any travel plans, and discuss possible modifications that you might need to make.
  1. Brief Budget and Narrative Explaining Budget: Authors may request up to $3,000, though smaller budgets may be viewed favorably.
    • Please note that funds may be used for research purposes, such as hiring of research assistants, survey data collection and interviews, purchasing of data, or travel expenses (e.g., travel, lodging, food, ground transportation).
    • Funds may not be used for salary or honoraria for the researcher. University indirect costs (NDCs) will not be allowed.
  2. Bibliography containing only references cited within the proposal.
  3. Biography(ies): Please limit each author’s biography to no more than 200 words.
  4. CV(s) of author(s)
  5. Applicants who have not completed their PhDs should request a letter of support from their advisor. Letters should be emailed to APSA.Religion.Politics@gmail.com.

Award terms and requirements:

  • Please submit proposals to APSA.Religion.Politics@gmail.com by 11:59 PM on August 15, 2020.
  • Awards will be announced by September 30, 2020.
  • Funds may be spent through September 30, 2021.
  • Applicants must be members of the Religion & Politics section (note that section membership is free to graduate students).
  • Preference will be given to graduate students, recent PhDs, and untenured faculty.
  • Questions may be addressed to Amy Erica Smith, aesmith2@iastate.edu.

Call for Proposals: Engaging African Realities: Integrating Social Science within African Theology

Engaging African Realities: Integrating Social Science within African Theology

The Nagel Institute, with generous support from the Templeton Religion Trust, invites project proposals for “Engaging African Realities: Integrating Social Science within African Theology.” Its aim is to support African theologians to engage in fresh social scientific integrated approaches with the goal of producing creative and original projects in grounded theology. We understand grounded theology as an attempt at realizing the potential of theological creativity from the bottom-up, as opposed to a top-down approach. The project seeks to emphasize how grounded theology is compatible with grounded theory in social sciences as a method for seeking hidden patterns and meanings through ethnography, a way to unearth stories and enable answers to questions from African realities. The 12 awards, of not more than $50,000 USD each, will enable grantees to participate in three intensive workshops on social science theory, methods and skills needed for grounded theology, and provide support for research on one of two topical areas:

  • African traditional values and spirituality with reference to religious experience
  • Religious innovation and competition focusing on African resources for innovation

Visit nagelinstitute.org for a comprehensive list of key questions and complete RFP instructions.

Proposals accepted in English, French, or Portuguese.

We encourage you to forward this announcement to any early-career (having received their PhD in the past 10 years) African theologian interested in the use of social science research methods in pursuit of grounded theological research.

Contacts

Nagel Institute, Calvin University
3201 Burton St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546 USA

email: nagel@calvin.edu
phone: +1-616-526-7155
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Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity at Calvin University | 3201 Burton Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

The International Network for the Study of Science and Belief in Society (INSBS) is inviting applications to the ‘Seed Funding and Small Research Grants’ scheme.

INSBS supports the growth of high-quality international research examining the relationship between science and religion, in relation to cutting-edge social issues and individuals’ lived experiences.

We aim to foster and support research that examines any social or cultural aspect of science, technology, engineering, mathematics or medicine (STEMM) in relation to any religious, spiritual or non-religious tradition, position or worldview, including unbelief.

Aims

The Seed Funding and Small Research Grant scheme 2020 – 20201 seeks to promote the growth of the social study of science and religion globally, by supporting the ongoing development of an international network of active academic researchers. This will be achieved through the provision of small grants that stimulate new avenues of individual or collaborative research internationally.

The Seed Funding and Small Research Grant scheme is designed to support academics to conduct socially relevant research in this field which can include, but is not limited to:

·       Small scale research data collection projects

·       Pilot or trial research in order to develop ideas for future larger funding

·       Analysis and write up of data necessary to publish academic papers, chapters or books

More details can be found in the Guidance for Applicants above.

Eligibility Requirements

Researchers at any career stage who work on the social study of science and religion in society may apply. The scheme has been designed to support academics just starting out in their careers in the field or seeking to establish themselves further by conducting socially relevant research in this field.

If you are not currently affiliated to a university, or other institution set-up to receive research grants, please contact us before applying.

Value and Duration

Two levels of grant funding are available:

1) Seed Funding: No less than £1,000 and no more than £5,000

2) Small Research Grants: No less than £5,000 and no more than £20,000

All projects must complete within ten months of the start date. 

All projects are expected to complete no later than 31 July 2021.

Application Process

Please notethat this grant scheme has been revised from its original format in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The scheme will operate on a rolling basis until at least 1 October 2020 when it will be reviewed. As such, the scheme has an open rolling deadline, and applicants can apply anytime up until 1 October 2020.

The Guidance and supporting documents will be available on our website www.scienceandbeliefinsociety.org shortly. We will also be running further grant schemes in due course, which are delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Return forms to p.e.brikci@bham.ac.uk along with the mandatory supporting documents listed on page 12 of the Guidance for Applicants, including a completed Budget and Timeline using the Excel templates. Your completed application should be sent as a single PDF file.

Contact Details

If you have any questions about the application process, in the first instance, please contact p.e.brikci@bham.ac.uk. Please also submit your application using the same email address.

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Jameel Scholarships @ Cardiff University

Deadline on Friday 29th May

Further details here: 

https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/islam-in-contemporary-britain-ma

Cardiff University are recruiting for x 3 fully-funded Jameel Scholarships to study our MA ‘Islam in Contemporary Britain’

Please do alert your students who may be interested in this wonderful opportunity.  The job market may be very difficult for those graduating this summer, and so the option to pursue postgraduate studies may be especially attractive, especially given the extent of funding available (fees and stipend, plus research expenses allowance).  We will be delivering the course remotely if the campus has not fully re-opened by the end of September.  I would be grateful if you could circulate to your networks/students. 

SOCREL Posts and Essay Prize

We’re pleased to publish a new blog post this week from Ali Kassem, a doctoral researcher at the University of Sussex and winner of the 2019 Peter B Clarke Memorial Essay Prize. Ali writes about his research among women who wear hijab in Lebanon, and he reflects on the benefits of putting his thoughts into the essay and the positive effect of feedback and review he’s received since winning. You can read his post here:https://socrelstudygroup.blogspot.com/2020/04/islamophobia-and-decolonising-sociology.html

This year’s essay prize is open for current postgraduates who become members with Socrel. Details are on our website, and I want to flag that we have extended the deadline to 30 April for submissions. You’ve got a month to go – please send us your writing. If you are a supervisor of PhD researchers in the sociology of religion, please pass this opportunity on to them. https://www.britsoc.co.uk/groups/study-groups/sociology-of-religion-study-group/funding/
With best regards,
Michael Munnik
Publications and Communications, Socrel