Cara Syria Programme: Arts & Humanities: Cara Small Grants Call

Cara Syria Programme: Arts & Humanities: Cara Small Grants Call, and Guidance Notes

Cara Small Grants are offered as part of the Cara Syria Programme, the aim of which is to strengthen and connect Syria’s academics in exile by facilitating their continued academic development, collaboration, engagement and contribution, and so to ensure that this vital part of Syria’s intellectual capital is not lost for the greater good.

This new Arts & Humanities strand of the Cara Syria Programme (Strand 6) is supported by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation, which includes the following disciplines within the Arts & Humanities:

Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, Classics, Geography (human), History, Linguistics and Languages, Law and Politics, Literature, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Religion and the Visual Arts.

Grants Grants of up to £3,000 will be offered to successful applicants whose disciplines sit within the Arts & Humanities as listed above.


The purpose of these small grants is to provide seed-funding to support promising Arts & Humanities pilot projects, for proposals that are at too early a stage to attract larger funding OR ‘proof of concept’ projects OR preliminary research to allow the development of larger research proposals for submission to Cara, through its ‘open call’ larger-grants stream, or to other relevant funders.


Only Syrian academics whose disciplines sit within the Arts & Humanities, who have been directly affected by the current crisis and who are currently living in exile in countries neighbouring Syria are eligible to submit proposals.

Selection Criteria

All proposal submissions will be judged on the quality and innovative nature (originality) of the proposed research, with a particular focus on likely impact, feasibility, the relevance of the research team members’ profiles and cost-effectiveness. If a pilot study, it will be important to outline the future direction of the proposed research and to indicate how a small grant would allow the recipient to access a larger grant. Cara is particularly interested in supporting collaborations involving several Syrian academics in exile.

Funding Funding can be sought only for direct project implementation costs.

Application Deadlines

The submission deadline for the Cara Small Grants Scheme is 17 February 2019, via email to Please note that submissions that do not include the required supporting documentation will be deemed to be incomplete and will not be considered further.

The Cara Syria Programme Steering Committee will review the applications promptly after the closing date and applicants should expect to hear the outcome in late March 2019.


Successful projects must be completed within a maximum of three months of receipt of the grant funding. Where additional time is required to complete studies where data-collection can only be done at the end of an intervention, a case should be made in the ‘Duration’ section of the application form. An extension may be granted exceptionally.

Project Outcomes/Outputs

A key output of each of the Cara small-grant funded projects will be a paper for publication or for presentation at a relevant conference. Applicants are invited to outline the project’s target audience(s) and a strategy for the dissemination of their project findings.

Where the proposed project is community facing, the applicant must outline how it will have an impact on (i.e. make a difference to) its intended beneficiaries.

Please note that Cara’s financial support should be formally acknowledged in any resulting publication or other output. Suitable wording will be provided to successful applicants.

Final Report

A final report must also be submitted to Cara within a month of completion of the project. A report template will be provided to successful candidates.


Successful grant teams will be partnered up with an experienced mentor to ensure the project complies with international standards and good practice in research and delivers rigorous quality and publishable research outputs.

Application Form

To download an application form, click here.

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Deadline for Applications: 
Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 00:00