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PLAF scheme: Research funding available

Social workers are encouraged to apply

The Pre-doctoral Local Authority Fellowship (PLAF) Scheme Round 2 opens on 27 Jan 2022.

There is funding available for appropriate salary costs, academic fees and related academic expenses. Applicants need to be employed in England.

Social workers are encouraged to apply. Last year four social workers won funding. You can read about the experiences of Charlotte Ashworth, a social worker in child protection, who was one of last year’s award winners, on the NIHR website.

Given the funding available these are highly competitive opportunities and rely on considerable preparation prior to application, for example, agreeing arrangements with your employer, preparatory reading for your research topic and preparing to work with potential research collaborators such as experts by experience.

Deadline for receipt of applications is 1.00pm on 31 March, 2022.

BASW will host a webinar on making an application on 1st Feb 2020 at 5.30 pm. If you would like to attend please email us at: with the header ‘PLAF  Webinar’. We will then contact you with a link.