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Call for Applications: UK-US Early Career Research Collaboration Workshop on theme of “violence”

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The British Academy, in collaboration with the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, is inviting applications for early career researchers in the humanities and social sciences to attend a research collaboration workshop on the broad theme of violence. The workshop aims to help create and build exchange, cooperation and partnership between the researchers attending.

The workshop will take place in Boston from 10th–11th February 2018. The British Academy will meet the costs for travel, accommodation and subsistence for all participants over the course of the workshop.
If interested, applicants should provide a CV which should not exceed two sides of paper. Applicants are also asked to provide a justification (not exceeding two sides of paper) explaining:

  • Why they are interested in violence based on their research and/or teaching areas;
  • What disciplinary and interdisciplinary skills and/or experience they would contribute to the workshop; and,
  • How the workshop could help to develop their own research and career development.

Deadline for applications is 5pm (GMT) on Wednesday 6 December.

Full information is available  here.


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Important change to British Academy Small Grant application timing

British Academy   The BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants are available to support primary research in the humanities and social sciences. These awards, up to £10,000 in value and tenable for up to 24 months, are provided to cover the cost of the expenses arising from a defined research project. Funds are available to facilitate initial project planning and development; to support the direct costs of research; and to enable the advancement of research through workshops or conferences, or visits by or to partner scholars.

Deadline for Applicants – 1 November 2017 (5pm UK time)

If you are considering an application to this Call please note an important change to their process this year

Previously, applications were submitted by the deadline date and then the referee nominated by the applicant had a further window (typically a week) to add their reference to the system.  Now,  applicants are  still required to nominate one referee but they must ensure that the supporting statement from their chosen referee is submitted on the British Academy grant management system BEFORE the deadline. The system will  not allow you  to formally submit the application for approval before the reference section is completed.

Your application must then be approved by MMU’s central RKE team on the BA’s system following our internal approvals process as before.

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AHRC research call: Cultural Heritage and Rapid Urbanisation in India


The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR) are pleased to announce a joint call for research proposals addressing the theme of ‘Cultural Heritage and Rapid Urbanisation in India’.  This call closes on 7th December.

Funding of up to £200,000 per project for UK applicants is available on a full economic cost (fEC) basis with AHRC meeting 80% of the fEC. Matched resources are available from ICHR for Indian applicants. Proposals should have a maximum duration of 24 months and will be expected to start on 14th February 2018.

The aim of this call is to allow researchers in the UK and India to collaborate on joint research projects which will address critical issues concerning cultural heritage, history and urbanisation in India, including those key challenges that emerged from the workshop. It is expected that projects funded under this call will explore how historical experiences of urbanisation can inform contemporary issues and policy and also examine the role that heritage can play in sustainable economic growth and social cohesion.

Further information, including details of how to apply, can be found here:

If you are interested in applying please contact your Research Development Manager

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Collaborative arts and humanities PhD opportunities with Historic England, English Heritage and Oxford University Museums

AHRC 2The AHRC have awarded studentships to a number of high-profile non-academic institutions through their Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships scheme.  These CDP holders then  invite proposals from interested Higher Education Institutions  in the summer/autumn of each year. All projects are required to involve a collaboration between a university-based researcher and the staff at one of the CDP consortium institutions.

Calls from Historic England and English Heritage and, separately, the Oxford University Museums, are open now (November deadlines) for academics to approach the institution with a potential PhD idea.



This partner has identifies key areas for this year:

  1. Heritage Data Analytics

Improving the re-use potential of digital heritage data so it can best be collected, analysed and presented to enable an increase in the overall knowledge dividends for understanding and managing the historic environment

  1. Archaeological sites affected by coastal erosion

Gaining a better understanding of risk to different site types on different coastal landforms and developing suitable management and mitigation strategies

  1. Heritage Destruction

To reflect and interrogate Historic England’s unique status as a guardian of our heritage, and the incredible photographic evidence of heritage destruction the Historic England Archive holds

  1. The Stories of English Heritage

Understanding the historic and on-going relationship between visitors and English Heritage sites

  1. Coin supply, use and loss in the Military Zone in Roman Britain

Examining the collections from Hadrian’s Wall

  1. English Heritage at Play

Researching the impact of “play” on the visitor experience

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Funding call: Anti-Corruption Evidence (ACE) Programme


The British Academy is inviting proposals from researchers based anywhere in the world to develop interdisciplinary research projects which enhance the development of more effective policies and interventions aimed at reducing corruption in developing countries. This programme is supported by the British Academy’s partnership with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).

The purpose of each project will be to improve the evidence base on what works in tackling corruption; to drive multidisciplinary approaches to developing and disseminating best practice through active stakeholder engagement; and to support international collaboration and the development of research capacity.

Research Themes and Focus
This call is for research projects which address one or more of the following four themes:

  1. International architecture and beneficial ownership
  2. Commodity trading and potential responses
  3. Promoting integrity and systems of integrity management in the public and private sectors
  4. Corruption at different levels

The geographic focus for the research will be on DFID Tier 1 countries where corruption is a constraint and where a better understanding is needed of what kinds of intervention can make a difference. Countries of specific interest are Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, although proposals focusing on any DFID Tier 1 country will also be considered.

Eligibility Requirements
This call is open to researchers from anywhere in the world. There is no requirement that a UK-based partner be involved in the proposal. The lead applicant must have a minimum of three years postdoctoral (or equivalent) research experience. S/he must hold a position, which is either permanent or lasts at least the duration of the award, at an eligible research or higher education institution, recognised by the British Academy.

All projects must be ODA eligible. Only proposals which aim to support the economic development and welfare of developing countries will be supported under this call.

Value and Duration
The programme will fund projects of between £175,000 and £350,000 each, delivering research excellence with practical development impact. Projects must begin on 1 March 2018 and last two years.

Application Process
Applications must be submitted online using the British Academy’s Grant Management System, Flexi-Grant®.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 15 November 2017 (17.00 UK Time).
Details are here:


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British Academy – two new internationally focused research funding calls

British Academy

A) Knowledge Frontiers: International Interdisciplinary Research Projects

The purpose of each project will be to develop new ideas and methods to bear on existing international challenges and to deliver policy-relevant outputs which could potentially improve the welfare of people in developing countries. Proposals that creatively tackle cultural, public and/or policy controversies, or explore how such controversies have been understood and responded to in the past, would be particularly welcome. Such controversies might include, but need not be limited to, changing climate, movements across borders, socio-biological problems, artificial intelligence, medical humanities, people and infrastructures, and responses to or understanding of diseases and pathogens.

Awards are of one-year in duration, funding for the projects will begin between 1 and 31 January 2018. Up to £50,000. Funding can be used to support research and/or clerical assistance; research expenses and consumables; travel and subsistence; and networking, meeting and conference costs.

Application deadline: Wednesday 11 October 2017 (17.00 UK Time)

B) The Humanities and Social Sciences Tackling the UK’s International Challenges

The purpose of each project will be to bring original interdisciplinary research ideas from the humanities and social sciences to bear on our understanding of the international challenges and opportunities which the UK has faced, is facing and will face. The projects awarded will aim to deliver specific academic, public, cultural and/or policy-relevant outputs. Proposals which relate to the themes of Conflict, Stability & Security; Europe’s Futures; Justice, Rights & Equality; and Urban Futures are particularly welcome. For this scheme originality can arise also from looking at material (such as archival material) in new ways or bringing forth new understanding from material that has previously been unknown or less well known, or innovative combinations of researchers (and/or practitioners) in an interdisciplinary manner.

It is required that the projects will be international in scope and orientation with
clear collaborative links in the proposal with international researchers and/or
other relevant stakeholders. It is required that the projects will also be
interdisciplinary enterprises led by established or emerging researchers based in
the UK.

Awards are of one-year in duration, funding for the projects will begin between 1 and 31 January 2018. Up to £50,000. Funding can be used to support research and/or clerical assistance; research expenses and consumables; travel and subsistence; and networking, meeting and conference costs.

Application deadline: Wednesday 11 October 2017 (17.00 UK Time)

Fuller descriptions and detailed guidance are available on the British Academy website here:

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AHRC New Generation Thinkers 2018 – call now open

Katherine Cooper

This pioneering scheme aims to develop a new generation of academics who can bring the best of university research and scholarly ideas to a broad audience through working with the media. It’s a chance for early career researchers to cultivate the skills to communicate their research findings to those outside the academic community.

Each year, up to 60 successful applicants have a chance to develop their media skills, including programme-making ideas with experienced BBC producers at a series of dedicated workshops. Of these up to ten will become BBC Radio 3’s resident New Generation Thinkers and benefit from a unique opportunity to develop their own programmes for the station and a chance to regularly appear on air. There will also be the possibility of working with BBC TV, a number of speak opportunities and the chance to become a regular blogger.

Applicants do not have to be funded by the AHRC to apply; the scheme is open to all early career researchers based in a UK Research Organisation (either Higher Education Institution or Independent Research Organisation [IRO]). We also encourage those people who have previously applied unsuccessfully to the scheme, even if they made it to the workshop. For guidance on eligibility, please see the Research Funding Guide

We welcome applications from researchers working in all areas of the arts and humanities. This year we are again extending the call for researchers who work in areas of social sciences and medical science whose work intersects with the arts and humanities. There are a series of interfaces, and many areas of common ground between.

The aim of the scheme is to provide a development opportunity for early career researchers to cultivate the skills to communicate their research findings to those outside the academic community. The scheme wants to find the new generation of academics who can bring the best of the latest university research and scholarly ideas to a broad audience.

Applications should demonstrate an engaging and stimulating programme but also demonstrate an ability to talk about other subjects areas within the arts and humanities in an accessible and refreshing manner, with awareness of the wider listening audience. AHRC recommend that you listen to the 2017 winners’ programmes on BBC iPlayer Radio and read both the Call Guidance (PDF, 215KB) and Conditions of Entry (PDF, 108KB).

Closing Date: 12/10/2017

Full details are here: