Summary: In an initiative developed by the British Academy’s Area Panels, awards of up to £10,000 a year for up to three years are available to support the development of ongoing links between research centres or institutions, within the humanities and social sciences, in the UK and in Africa, the Middle East or South Asia. The link would be built around a specific research theme of mutual interest. This could be carried forward through visits in both directions; workshops; seminars and lecture programmes; collaborative research; and joint publications. The programme might form part of either institution’s training programme and will ideally involve participation from more than one overseas institution, and might also involve more than one department/university/group/research centre in the UK.

The scheme is intended to foster links between the UK and Africa, the Middle East or South Asia, with an emphasis on helping scholars to develop research skills and to produce a joint research outcome. Applicants must have identified an academic partner based in an institution in Africa, the Middle East or South Asia, who will act as the co-applicant on the award.

Priority will be given to projects with a training element, such as the support and development of staff or postgraduate students (in the UK and overseas). The scheme is intended to benefit early-career scholars from both the UK and overseas, and projects will be highly regarded where they include junior academics from both sides. Visits might be undertaken for staff exchange, supplying teaching elements to courses and developing joint curricula. Workshops and seminars should form an integral part of the programme, and involve both staff and postgraduate students. It is expected that each programme should produce papers or some other joint research outcome designed for publication. Grants are offered up to a maximum of £10,000 per year for up to 3 years

Deadline: 30 March 2011. Decisions will be announced in late July.

Funder link: British Academy

Scheme link: International Partnerships

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