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Being Human: A Festival of the Humanities

School of Advanced Study - University of London

The School of Advanced Study, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)  and the British Academy, is delighted to announce and invite participation in Being Human—the UK’s first national festival of the humanities.

Being Human aims to engage the public with the very best of the innovative research taking place across the humanities. Hosted by HE institutions and their cultural and community partners across the UK, it will draw together a programme of activities to inform, extend, and ignite our contemporary thinking and imagination.

In this inaugural year, the School is extending an open call for applications for small grants of £2-3k to facilitate participation in the festival. These grants will support activities that make humanities research accessible to the general public and demonstrate the role the humanities can play in the cultural, intellectual, political and social life of the UK.

The question of what it means to be human is at the heart of humanities research, and for this festival will provide a locus around which to demonstrate the vitality and public relevance of the humanities in 2014. Following the success of the Being/Human theme used for the 2013 Arts and Humanities Festival at King’s College London, this festival will inspire engagement with humanities research on a national scale.

Apply for event funding

The School of Advanced Study, University of London, together with the AHRC and the British Academy, has made available a number of funding grants of between £2-3kfor events to be staged during the Festival week.

Applications are invited from universities and independent research organisations to bid for support to stage events.

Application and deadline

Key dates

  • 14 March 2014 - Deadline for applications
  • 4 April 2014 - Notification of outcome of applications
  • June 2014 - Deadline for submission of event details
  • September 2014 - Launch of the online programme of events
  • 15–23 November 2014 - Festival

Source: http://www.sas.ac.uk/support-research/being-human-festival

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ECR – New Generation Thinkers 2014

AHRCThe AHRC and BBC Radio 3 are looking for applications for the New Generation Thinkers of 2014.

Up to sixty successful applicants will have a chance to develop their programme-making ideas with experienced BBC producers at a series of dedicated workshops and, of these up to ten will become Radio 3’s resident New Generation Thinkers. They will benefit from a unique opportunity to develop their own programmes for BBC Radio 3 and a chance to regularly appear on air.

BBC Radio 3 and its programmes Free Thinking  (previously known as Night Waves), the Verb, the Essay and the Sunday Feature have provided a platform for debate and commentary from scholars across the world. You could now join them on air. The New Generation Thinkers scheme also works with BBC TV Arts who will be looking to develop New Generation Thinkers and their ideas into arts television.

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.

We welcome applications from researchers working in all areas of the arts and humanities. This year we are 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. This can be seen in both cross-council programmes, Connected Communities and Life Long Health and Wellbeing.

Aims of the scheme

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. We would recommend that you listen to previous winners experience in the AHRC podcast and hear this year’s winners programme on the Essay on Iplayer now.

Who’s Eligible?

To apply for the New Generation Thinkers scheme, you must be

1. A UK resident over 18 currently working or studying at a UK Research Organisation (http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/What-We-Do/Fund-world-class-research/Pages/Independent-research-organisations.aspx)You will be either:
a) Currently a PhD student, if you are a doctoral candidate you should have made considerable progress on your research eg.  Be within one year of submission.
b). Within eight years of the award of your PhD.
c). Within six years of your first academic appointment.

2. Anyone who has applied for in previous year’s are free to apply again except the previously selected researchers who became the final 10 New Generation Thinkers in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

3. Employees of the BBC and the AHRC are not eligible to apply.

Closing date: 06/02/2014

Further information: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/Funding-Opportunities/Pages/New-Generation-Thinkers-2014.aspx


AHRC: Science in Culture Innovation Awards

Innovation Awards under the Science in Culture theme are now available.

Successful proposals under the Innovation Awards call are expected to expand and explore the Science in Culture theme in new and innovative ways.  Proposals may address any aspect of the theme as outlined in the call document.

In the context of this call, innovation can take a number of forms:

  • Exploring new inter-disciplinary concepts, methodologies and approaches drawing on both the arts and humanities and the sciences
  • Developing reciprocal collaborations of a new nature or in new or emerging fields of collaborative enquiry between the arts and humanities and the sciences
  • Addressing innovative and inter-disciplinary research questions co-produced through dialogue between the arts and humanities and the sciences

Funding of up to £80,000 (fEC) over a period of 12 months will be awarded to successful grants.  Up to 10 Innovation Awards are expected to be funded under the Science in Culture theme.

Deadline: 27 February 2014

For further information, please see the call document (pdf 396kb, opens in new window)​, or visit the AHRC’s website.

AHRC / ESRC: International Placement Scheme Showcases

The AHRC and ESRC invite are hosting a showcase of funded fellowship opportunities for PhD students and early career researchers through their International Placement Scheme (IPS). Placements are available at these world-leading international research institutions:

The Harry Ransom Center, at The University of Texas at Austin, USA

The Huntington Library, California, USA

Library of Congress, Washington D.C., USA

National Institutes for the Humanities, Japan

The Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA

The Yale Center for British Art, Connecticut, USA

IPS fellowships run for two to six months and include: a travel and living stipend; unparalleled access to collections, facilities, curators and other scholars; and opportunities to present work, network and forge international contacts.

The showcases will include presentations from past IPS fellows. AHRC staff will advise on eligibility for the scheme and give application guidance. All speakers and IPS alumni will be available at the networking lunch to discuss the scheme.

The IPS is open to early career researchers, research assistants and AHRC/ESRC*-funded PhD students.  The events are primarily aimed at eligible candidates, but relevant RO staff such as BGP/DTP Coordinators, Heads of School/Department, Research Managers PhD Supervisors and AHRC/ESRC-funded Principal Investigators with project students/RA’s would also be welcome.

Showcase dates are:

Friday 15th November 2013, 11.00 – 14.00 at University of Westminster, Regent Street, London

Monday 18th November 2013, 11.00 – 14.00 at University of Manchester, Sackville St Campus, Manchester

Exact location details and an agenda will be emailed to delegates upon registration.

Please register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AHRC-IPS-Showcases-2013. For more information please see the IPS webpages.

 *ESRC-funded PhD students may only apply to the Library of Congress.