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AHRC Cultural Engagement Fund – MMU ‘Expressions of Interest’ sought for short cultural engagement projects led by recent arts & humanities PhD completers

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AHRC 1 The AHRC is running a second round of their ‘Cultural Engagement Fund’ as part of their 10th Anniversary activities.

Participating universities can apply for a small grant to fund a number of ‘Cultural Engagement Projects’.  These are short, 3 month projects which are designed to “support the engagement of the University’s arts and humanities research with the wider cultural and civic context in the which the university operates – for example, local creative sector SMEs, community groups, or other public or third sector cultural or civic organisations”.

The scheme objectives are:

  • To strengthen and diversify engagement and knowledge exchange between a university’s arts & humanities research and its wider cultural and civil milieu.
  • To support the broader skills development of high-calibre recent doctoral graduates in the art & humanities, particularly in relation to working with partners to support the wider impact of research.

The projects are delivered by a recently completed arts and humanities PhD student, including students who have recently submitted their theses and are awaiting examination. There is no requirement that students recruited to undertake the projects have been previously funded by AHRC.

MMU could receive a fund of around £40k in total (amounts to be confirmed) to be used on a number of small projects. We are therefore seeking Expressions of Interest from either recent PhD students who could deliver their own project or from academic staff with a project idea to which an eligible recent student could be recruited.

Costs could include short-term posts for the graduates plus travel, materials and so forth.

We have produced a short Guidance for applicants here: AHRC CEF Guidelines for applicants MMU

The Expression of Interest form is here: EOI 2015CEF

EOIs should be sent to Germaine Loader in RKE by Weds 14th Oct at

If you have any questions, please contact Professor Jim Aulich:

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