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International Summer School for Policing Scholars (ISSPS) – Brisbane, Australia

Monday 22 – Friday 26 July 2024

The Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) is providing travel funding to PhD researchers based at SIPR member universities to participate in the International Summer School for Policing Scholars (ISSPS) which is taking place in Brisbane, Australia between Monday 22 July and Friday 26 July 2024.

Funding will be provided to a maximum of five doctoral students and will cover a return flight to Australia, one week’s accommodation in Brisbane as well as some subsistence for meal expenses.

Applications should be sent to Knowledge Exchange and Business Manager, Monica Craig.


The ISSPS is led and supported by a collaboration between the Centre for Evidence Based Crime Policy (CEBCP) at George Mason University, the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR), and involves Australian academic and practitioner partners at Griffith University, the Queensland Police Service, and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Evidence-Based Policing (ANZSEBP), among others.
The ISSPS aims to encourage, develop, and advance the skills of doctoral students specifically intending to become policing scholars. The summer school provides doctoral students focused on studying policing and police organisations the opportunity to engage in a highly focused setting to advance their policing scholarship.

The Summer School

The curriculum will include up to five students from each of the organisations above and will cover a wide range of topics, approaches, methodologies, and perspectives on policing research and emphasises field and practice-oriented research (and translation). This includes: 

If you would like to discuss your suitability to apply, please contact either 

Please note – there will be a strict cancellation policy. If for any reason those selected can no longer attend the ISSPS in Brisbane, the applicant’s institution will be required to refund the grant to SIPR.  Please do not apply unless you are sure you can attend.  


SIPR funding will be strictly limited to covering the costs of flights (up to a defined value), accommodation for the week of the summer school (booked by SIPR), and evening meals for the week of the summer school only. Breakfast will be provided by the hotel and lunch will be provided at the summer school.
These will be provided as a ‘travel grant’ direct to your host institution who will book flights for you. No further allowances will be made for additional costs such as seat upgrades, meal upgrades, and additional luggage. 

SIPR will cover the costs of: 

You are welcome to extend your trip to Australia, before or after the summer school week. Please note that any trip extension will be entirely at your own risk and cost. You are also responsible for ensuring you have the appropriate Visa for the duration of your stay. Costs which SIPR will not cover 

Please note some costs will have to be incurred by those selected for the travel grant including: 

You are welcome to extend your trip to Australia (visas allowing and at your own cost).

Application and Award Process 

Applications should be sent to Knowledge Exchange and Business Manager, Monica Craig.


To ensure the excellence of all SIPR funded activity, SIPR will subject all applications to a robust assessment process. Applications will be assessed in accordance with the suitability of their research to the ISSPS programme and their ability to meet the travel requirements. The awarding panel will also reflect on how you have engaged with the SIPR community and the way(s) in which the summer school will enhance your doctoral studies and career development.

Application Form 

Applicants are required to complete the SIPR application form including the following information: 


Successful applicants/ their institutions will be required to enter into a funding agreement with SIPR. Funding will be provided on execution of this agreement. 

Participants will also be required to develop some outputs from participating in the ISSPS, which may include writing a blog for the SIPR website, contributing to an output paper on the ISSPS and creating an article for inclusion in the annual report. 

Applications should be sent to Knowledge Exchange and Business Manager, Monica Craig.

Indicative Timetable 
Funding call launched Friday 8 December 2023 
Deadline to submit applications Friday 12 January 2024 
Applications sent to Award Panel Monday 15 January 2024 
Award panel meet Tuesday 16 January 2024 
Decisions announced Friday 19 January 
Flights/ accommodation to be bookedThursday 29 February 2024 
Latest date to arrive in Brisbane Sunday 21 July 2024 

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