Monthly Research Drop-In Sessions for Arts, Design and Social Sciences Staff


Members of the ADSS Faculty Bidding Support Group have arranged research funding ‘Drop-In’ sessions for Arts, Design and Social Sciences staff to be regularly held in the Lipman Building, Room 026. These will be held on the first Wednesday afternoon of every month 2-3.30pm, with the first one this coming Wednesday, 2nd September.

Members of the Bidding Support Group will be available to discuss any issues or questions relating to funding proposals. It can be to discuss an idea for funding, starting a proposal, polishing an ongoing one, bringing a draft along to look at, where to look for funding- or anything in between! We encourage staff with any research funding queries to come along and have a chat.

The sessions will be held 2-3.30pm in Lipman 026 on the following dates, and more dates and venues may be added if demand is high:

3rd September- 2-3.30,

1st October 2-3.30,

5th November 2-3.30,

3rd December 2-3.30

Look forward to seeing you there!


BA Mid-Career Fellowships open and dates for 2014/15 deadlines

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The British Academy have opened their 2014-15 Mid-Career Fellowships scheme for applications. The deadline is 5pm on 17th September 2015, and is available for applicants in the Humanities and Social Sciences who have had their PhD for between 5-15 years. More information on the requirements of the scheme can be found here along with some frequently asked questions and some information on previously awarded fellowships.

The date for the other British Academy Schemes for the 2014-15 academic year have also been announced:

Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • Applicant deadline, Outline Stage: 8 October 2014

BA/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowships

  • Applicant deadline: 19 Novermber 2014

BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants

  • Round 1 applicant deadline: 15 October 2014
  • Round 2 applicant deadline : 6 May 2015

Neil Ker Memorial Fund Grant

  • Applicant deadline: 3 December 2014

Stein-Arnold Exploration Fund Grants

  • Applicant deadline: 3 December 2014





AHRC Delivery plan for 2015-16


The Arts and Humanities Research Council has published its Delivery Plan 2015-2016, which provides a high-level overview of their plan for the next two years. It also sets out the principles, priorities and approaches that will be used to achieve this plan.  The key objectives for 2015-16 follow from the central elements  set out in The Human World: AHRC Strategy 2013-18 .

2015-16 will see also the tenth anniversary of AHRC’s establishment as a research council, and a number of events will be planned to highlight the impact and reach of their work.

Alongside the individual delivery plans, a new Research Councils UK (RCUK) strategic vision will be published to set out how the Councils will work together to provide a vital contribution to economic growth and wellbeing within the UK. Once the document is published we will be sure to let you all know!



EOI’s from NU Staff for AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards invited

Handshake 52-365 by Julia Taylor CC BY-NC-ND 2.0The AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards scheme that will be closing on 9th July. These awards encourage and develop collaboration between HEI’s and non-HEI organisations and businesses through joint supervision of a PhD student working on a project beneficial to both parties. The award funding covers full fees and stipend for the student. AHRC would also normally expect some form of contribution to come from the project partner on top of the desk-space and staff time that would normally be allocated.

 For this year’s scheme there are highlight notices around ‘Design’ and ‘Connected Communities’. We would normally be allowed to submit only one application, but if spread across the highlight notice areas we could submit up to 3 or 4. CDA’s normally feature only a single studentship, but we can add more if this can be strongly justified and of benefit to the non-HEI partner. Further details below:

Anyone working in an Arts and Humanities related discipline or topic interested in applying is asked to submit a short Expression of Interest to myself via email by 9th June. This should contain details of their proposed non-HEI partner, which highlight notice it will go under, (standard, design or connected communities) and a few lines on the nature of the collaboration and benefits to the partner organisation.


Renaissance Studies Fellowships- 31st May

The Society for Renaissance Studies are offering post-doctoral fellowships of up to £6,000. Deadline is May 31st. These support research into all aspects of Renaissance studies.Renaissance Studies

Applicants must be graduates of British or Irish universities, with PhDs awarded in the last five years, and currently engaged in full-time research, part-time teaching or independent scholarship. The Fellowships are worth £6000 and should not be held in conjunction with a full-time postdoctoral or academic teaching post.

Applications should submit a CV and a 1,000 word project description, including a brief account of the candidate’s research to date and statement of means of financial support during that academic year. Two referees will also need to supply references.

Further info here: