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


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British Academy: Call for applications to Newton International Fellowships

A new round of Newton International Fellowships – an initiative to fund research collaborations and improve links between UK and overseas researchers – has now opened. The Newton International Fellowships are funded by the British Academy and the Royal Society and aim to attract the most promising early-career post-doctoral researchers from overseas in the fields of the humanities, the natural, physical and social sciences.

The Fellowships enable researchers to work for two years at a UK research institution with the aim of fostering long-term international collaborations. Newton Fellows will receive an allowance of £24,000 to cover subsistence and up to £8,000 to cover research expenses in each year of the Fellowship. A one-off relocation allowance of up to £2,000 is also available. In addition, Newton Fellows may be eligible for follow-up funding of up to £6,000 per annum for up to 10 years following completion of the Fellowship to support activities which will help build long-term links with the UK. The scheme is open to post-doctoral (and equivalent) early-career researchers working outside the UK who do not hold UK citizenship.

Applications are to be made via the Royal Society’s online application system which is available at register through the online booking system by Friday 22 November.

The closing date for applications is Monday 10 March 2014. Further details are available from the Newton International Fellowships website:

British Academy: International Partnership and Mobility Scheme


Latin America and The Caribbean

Middle East

South Asia

East Asia

South-East Asia

The British Academy is now inviting applications to its International Partnership and Mobility (IPM) Scheme 2013-14.

Purpose of the Scheme

One-year awards of £10,000 and three-year awards of up to £30,000 are available to support the development of research partnerships between UK scholars and scholars in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, South Asia, East and South-East Asia. Awards cover any branch of the humanities and social sciences, and are intended to focus on collaborative research on a specific theme of mutual interest, rather than purely on establishing networks.

The scheme is intended to initiate the development of long-term, vigorous links between the UK and overseas scholars whilst also encouraging an intra-regional exchange of expertise and knowledge sharing. There is an emphasis on innovative, new initiatives that broaden the UK research base as well as on sustainability, with a good prospect of the work attracting further future funds from other sources and the partnership becoming self-sustaining in the longer term. Partnerships can include a range of related activities, and mobility (in the form of visits in both directions, exchanges, etc.) should form an integral part of proposals.

This year the British Academy expects to make approximately 20 three-year awards and approximately 10 one-year awards.

In this round, a number of one-year partnerships will be co-funded by the National Science Council of Taiwan and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Applicants must be of postdoctoral or equivalent status (i.e. academic staff with at least one or two years of teaching/research experience) and should be based within a research active institution for the duration of the award.

The principal applicant must be ‘ordinarily resident’ in the United Kingdom. The co-applicant must be an academic based in an institution in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, South Asia, East or South-East Asia.

Level of Award
Grants are offered up to a maximum of £10,000 per year for a period of one year or three years.

For further information regarding the award, including a full list of eligibility criteria, please consult the award’s Scheme Notes, available on e-GAP.

The application form is now available on the Academy’s online e-GAP application system:

Applications must be submitted via the e-GAP system. Applicants need to register themselves in the system, if not already registered, and should access full details by following the links to ‘funding schemes’ from the personal welcome page, and then the link to this scheme.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 5 February 2014.

Results expected: July 2014 
Earliest Start Date for Research: 1 September 2014

Please contact Research & Income Generation Support at Research & Enterprise for further support/information.

New Call for Proposals: British Academy/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowships

Application forms for the British Academy / Leverhulme Small Research Grants are now available on e-GAP

The Academy has opened a new call for applications for the Senior Research Fellowship scheme, with funding generously provided by the Leverhulme Trust (on a non-FEC basis). This enables established scholars to have one year’s research leave with funding being provided to cover the costs of replacement teaching.

Applications must be submitted via the e-GAP system, accessible at
Intending applicants need to register themselves in the system, if not already registered, and should access full details by following the links to ‘funding schemes’ from the personal welcome page, and then the link to this scheme.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 20 November 2013.

Aim of the award
The aim of the scheme is to allow successful applicants to obtain time freed from normal teaching and administrative commitments. The time bought by the scheme should be devoted to the completion of a major piece of research.

The Academy takes no account of an applicant’s age or current status (eg Professor, Lecturer) in determining eligibility for these awards. Rather, in all cases, award-holders are expected to be able to disseminate the results of their research not only through publications, but also through feeding into their future academic career after the end of the awards. Any field of study in the humanities and social sciences is suitable for support.

These Fellowships pay for the costs of a replacement lecturer and the salary of the replacement should be commensurate with that of an early career appointment. Awards are held over 12 months, beginning in the autumn of 2014.

Summary timeline:

  • Application forms: available from 14 October 2013
  • Applicant deadline: 20 November 2013
  • Final Results confirmed: March 2014
  • Awards available for starting date: Not earlier than 1 September 2014 and not later than 1 January 2015 

Source: British Academy

JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships for Foreign Researchers




Application forms for the JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships for Foreign Researchers (with British Academy as nominating authority) in 2014 are now available.

The British Academy is currently inviting applications from scholars for theJSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) Postdoctoral Fellowships for Foreign Researchers, where the Academy is a foreign Nominating Authority for the programme. 

Purpose of Fellowships
This scheme is for researchers in the UK who are at an early stage of their career and wish to conduct research in Japan for a period of 12-24 months.

The scheme, which is wholly funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), provides the opportunity for highly qualified young researchers to conduct cooperative research with leading research groups in universities and other Japanese institutions.

In its capacity as a foreign Nominating Authority, the British Academy is entitled to nominate a quota of candidates each year for the scheme.


For applicants nominated by the British Academy, the research undertaken must be on a subject within the social sciences or humanities. Applicants must have received their PhD within the last six years prior to their application and must be ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom. They must have a research proposal agreed with a Japanese host researcher employed at a Japanese university/research institution.

The scheme is not open to Japanese nationals or to applicants who have previously been awarded a fellowship under the JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme for Foreign Researchers.

Level of Award
The scheme provides subsistence funding as well as a settling-in allowance, a return air ticket and insurance cover. The Japanese host institution may also apply for a research grant of up to ¥1.5 million per year.

JSPS will provide funding for visits of between 12 months minimum and up to 24 months maximum.

Deadline for submission of applications: 5 December 2013
Results expected: March/April 2014
Earliest Start Date for Research: 1 May 2014