Wellcome: Humanities and social science research bursaries



The Wellcome Trust invites applications for its humanities and social science research bursaries. These support small and medium-scale research projects based on library or archive collections supported by the trust. Projects must focus either on Wellcome library holdings or on any collection supported by a previous research resources grant, but they need not be historically grounded.

Applicants must be based in, or travelling to, the UK or Republic of Ireland. Applications are not limited to academic researchers and may be submitted by conservators, artists, performers, broadcasters, writers, public engagement practitioners and others working in the creative arts. Experienced researchers in established academic posts will normally be expected to have some publications in an appropriate field and early-career researchers holding no posts are expected to possess a doctorate or clinical qualification and to have established a research interest in biomedical science, the humanities or social sciences.

Bursaries are usually worth between £5,000 and £25,000, depending on the duration of research, and may contribute towards travel, accommodation, subsistence and photocopying costs.

Expected closing date October 2016 – see website



Humanities opportunities in Europe – invitation


Date: 18 February 2015, 9.30-12.30
Location: Polaris House, North Star Avenue Swindon, SN2 1UJ

An event highlighting European funding opportunities specifically targeted at Arts and Humanities Researchers, led by the UK National Contact Points in conjunction with the Arts and Humanities Council (AHRC).

Talks will be presented on these areas:

  • Introduction to Arts and Humanities funding opportunities in Europe (AHRC)
    An overview of international funding opportunities offered by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, including Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) and International Co-investigator.
  • Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MCSA)
    MCSA are part of the ‘Excellence’ Pillar within Horizon 2020 and support international and inter-sectoral mobility of researchers, with a strong focus on careers and skills development. They operate on a completely bottom-up basis, with no pre-defined priority areas and are open to Social Sciences and Humanities. There are MSCA grants for all stages of a researcher’s career, from PhD candidates to highly experienced researchers. Some of the schemes are aimed at individual researchers (Individual Fellowships). Others are aimed at institutions (ITN, RISE, COFUND).
  • European Research Council (ERC) funding
    The ERC is part of Horizon 2020 and aims to stimulate research excellence by supporting and encouraging the very best, truly creative scientists from all areas, including SHH. ERC grants support individual researchers of any nationality and age who wish to pursue their frontier research. In their ERC grants, researchers are encouraged to go beyond established frontiers of knowledge and the boundaries of disciplines.
  • Research Infrastructures (including e-infrastructures) (PDF, 252Kb)
    Research infrastructures are facilities, resources and services that are used by research communities to conduct research and foster innovation in their fields. Where relevant, they may be used beyond research, eg for education or public services. The Research Infrastructures Programme creates opportunities for research facilities and scientists to collaborate across disciplines and countries, as well as create platforms where science and industry can come together.
  • Social Sciences and Humanities embedded across H2020 (PDF, 789Kb)
    As a horizontal activity, social science and humanities research is fully integrated into each of the pillars of H2020 and each of the specific objectives with significant funding available but also as an essential element for the activities needed to enhance industrial leadership and to tackle each of the societal challenges.
  • Europe in a Changing World: Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies (PDF, 259Kb)
    Programme is structured as five separate calls and opportunities that aim to support projects that will give Europe a cutting edge or sufficient resilience in facing the current and future difficulties affecting its development.
  • Science with and for Society (PDF, 510Kb)Science with and for Society
    Science with and for Society activities are intended to build capacities and develop innovative ways of connecting science to society. It will make science more attractive (especially to young people), raising the appetite of society for science and innovation and open up further research and innovation activities.
  • Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation
    The ‘Spreading excellence and widening participation’ strand of Horizon 2020 aims to enhance competitiveness by engaging with those who could commit more towards the EU research and innovation effort.

Further details and a form to apply to attend can be found here


Successful Bid to Arts Council

One of Staffordshire Universities Senior Lecturers in Fine Art, Stephen Boyed, has successfully bid for £9,000 of Arts Council England Funding.

After The Gold Rush will develop new artworks to be exhibited at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery along with selected artifacts from the Museum Collections Centre.

The exhibition will consist of five lithographic images juxtaposed with images of conservation practice, and images gathered from Anglo Saxon artifacts from the Staffordshire Hoard.

Stephen is now working hard on preparing the exhibition which is expected to be launched late in 2014.

More details on Stephen Boyed: http://www.stephenboyd.eu/homepage.html

New Generation Thinkers


On Monday 6 January the Arts and Humanities Research Council and BBC Radio 3 are opening The New Generation Thinkers scheme for 2014, for early-career researchers with a focus on arts and humanities topics.

Emerging academics from the arts and humanities, who are currently in UK universities and who have a passion for communicating the excitement of modern scholarship to a wider audience are invited to apply for the opportunity to develop programme ideas and appear on air.

The New Generation Thinkers Scheme is intended to support up to sixty early career researchers who will have an opportunity to spend the day at the BBC to hear first-hand about the commissioning process and to develop their programme ideas alongside experienced BBC producers. Up to ten of the sixty researchers will become Radio 3’s resident New Generation Thinkers for 2014 and will have a unique opportunity to develop their own programmes for BBC Radio 3 across a year and a chance to regularly appear on air. This is the fourth year of the scheme. Previous participants have presented documentaries, taken part in on air discussions on BBC Radio 3, made pilot films for TV and spoken at public festivals.

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. This year, the call is being extended for researchers who work in areas of social sciences and medical science whose work intersects with the arts and humanities.

Further information will be available on the disciplines covered by the scheme in the New Year at the New Generation Thinkers call page.

To read the announcement of the scheme go to http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/News-and-Events/News/Pages/Do-you-want-to-tell-the-world-about-your-work-2014.aspx


Fund a One Year Partnership with China

This exchange fund from the British Academy will be of interest to academics working in humanities and social sciences and looking to develop a programme of work in China. The deadline is in February, so this leaves plenty of time to work up links with a Chinese partner.

Funding Body: British Academy

Scheme: International partnership and mobility scheme – UK-China one-year partnerships

Overview: The aim of this scheme is to support the development of partnerships between the UK and China, strengthening research excellence through new, innovative initiatives and links.

The scheme intends to strengthen research capacity and capability, with both partners gaining from the collaboration, and to initiate the development of long-term, vigorous links between the UK and Chinese scholars whilst also encouraging an intra-regional exchange of expertise and knowledge sharing. Awards cover any branch of the humanities or social sciences and are intended to focus on collaborative research on a specific theme of mutual interest. Workshops and seminars should form an integral part of the research programme. Partnerships including a training element and involving early-career scholars will be looked on favourably.

Both applicants must be of postdoctoral or equivalent status and based at a research-active institution.

Budget: Funding is worth up to £10,000 for one year

Deadlines: 5 February 2013

Further Information: http://www.britac.ac.uk/funding/guide/intl/International_Partnership_and_Mobility.cfm


Free time from Teaching with the British Academy

Many academics struggle to get the time to carry out research. This fund from the British Academy offers free time from teaching. British Academy funding if for the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Applications must be made of their online system. Once submitted they need to be approved by the Universities External Projects Team by the deadline of 18/09/13, so make sure you let the team know you are applying in advance. externalprojects@staffs.ac.uk

Funding Body: British Academy

Scheme: Mid-career Fellowships

Overview: Time freed from normal teaching and administrative commitments to devote to the completion of a major piece of research.

Through this scheme the academy intends to support individual researchers with excellent research proposals and to promote public understanding and engagement with the humanities and social sciences.

Individuals employed at UK universities or other higher education institutions are eligible to apply. Fellowships are intended primarily to provide opportunities for scholars who have already published works of intellectual distinction or have established a significant track record as an excellent communicator and a champion in their field, and who are normally no more than 15 years from the award of their doctorate.

Fellowships can be held over a minimum of six months and a maximum of 12 months, beginning in the autumn of 2014.

Budget: The total value of a fellowship is not expected to exceed £160,000.

Deadlines: 18 September 2013

Further Information: http://www.britac.ac.uk/funding/guide/midcareer.cfm

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Funding for innovative PhD and early career researcher training

AHRCs Collaborative Skills Development Call is aimed at supporting the development of innovative, collaborative training packages for PhD students and early career researchers in the arts and humanities through a range of interventions:

  • Funding of up to £60,000 to offer training and skills development activities to groups of students and Early Career Researchers in several institutions.
  • Funds up to £5,000 to support ECRs to establish and run collaborative training and researcher development activities . 
  • Support for doctoral students to establish and run smaller-scale collaborative activities, with an award limit of £3,000. 

Innovative interventions such as internships, competitions, entrepreneurs-in-residence, etc are encouraged.  Applications will be eligible from any discipline within AHRC’s remit but should focus on:

  • Partnership working including public engagement
  • Entrepreneurship and the Creative Economy
  • Research Skills Enrichment

The closing date is 19th September 2013, please contact externalprojects@staffs.ac.uk if you are interested.  Further information: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/Funding-Opportunities/Pages/Collaborative-Skills-Development-Call.aspx?utm_medium=email&utm_source=Association+of+Research+Managers+%26+Administrators&utm_campaign=2890457_July+2013&utm_content=AHRCcall&dm_i=14OU,1PYAH,71UHKB,64BKR,1


EU Call for Tender – Study on ‘ICT & Art Connect’

The European Commission, Directorate General Communications Networks, has published a call for tenders regarding a study on ‘ICT & art connect’, with a closing date of August 27th 2013.

The study will create a map of institutions and ongoing programmes/activities linking ICT and the arts in Europe and worldwide. It will analyse best practice to enhance interaction between artists and IT experts and to increase the impact of these interactions on innovation and creativity.

From this analysis, recommendations will be drawn for a DG Connect strategy to engage more broadly with the arts in Horizon 2020. The aim is to contribute to enhancing creativity and innovation in society, technology, science, education, and business; and to better embed science and technology in society.The following 4 objectives should be addressed:

1) Provide an overview of European and worldwide activities linking art and ICT in research, education, and innovation.

2) Take stock and analyse best practices in Europe and worldwide for linking art and ICT and thereby enhancing creativity and innovation.

3) A list of recommendations for a DG Connect strategy on how to best engage in H2020 with the arts will be presented and based on the analysis in first objective and second one.

4) The contractor will organise a final 2-day symposium on ‘ICT & art connect’. This event should bring together artists, technologists, scientists and representatives of relevant institutions and funding bodies identified in the study.

Further details:



Funding focusing on Research combining Design and Innovation

The Arts and Humanities Research Council have decided to focus a chunk of their funding on design. They are particularity interested in projects which link design and innovation. This sounds like something Staffordshire University are very good at (Flux, High House), so we should be looking to get a bid in.

They want applications to be in by 3 October 2013. We can only submit a maximum of three bids, and in truth we should really be looking to submit only one, so anyone looking to apply should talk to the External Projects Team and the head of their faculty.

More details here: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/Funding-Opportunities/Pages/Collaborative-Doctoral-Awards.aspx


Capital Funding Call for Digital Transformations in Community research Co-Production in the Arts and Humanities

As part of the cross-Council Connected Communities Programme, the AHRC is inviting applications for Digital Community Research Co-Production Projects. The call aims to harness digital technologies to stimulate innovative engagements and research co-production between communities and researchers. £4m capital funding is available under this call.

A key focus of, and output from, the projects funded must be some form of new, or significantly enhanced, research-based asset of enduring value for communities and future research. These assets may take a variety of forms, such as open datasets, integrated search facilities, mash-ups, visualizations and mappings, enhanced gateways and portals, galleries, tools, hardware, interfaces, software, material artefacts, or other forms of innovative cultural and creative resource or asset.

Applications are invited for between £50,000 and £600,000 on a full economic cost basis and the AHRC will fund 80% of the full economic costs (with the exception that equipment costs may be included under this call). The closing date is Thursday 27th June 2013.

There are a series of launch events, the local event is Birmingham on 30th May. 

Please contact External Projects Team (externalprojects@staffs.ac.uk) if you are interested in this call. Further information is available at http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/Funding-Opportunities/Pages/Capital-Funding-Call-for-Digital-Transformations-in-Community-research-Co-Production-in-the-Arts-and-Humanities.aspx