International researchers awarded fellowships to ensure UK engages with the world's most promising academics
The sixth round of Newton International Fellowships has been awarded jointly by two of the UK's national research academies – the British Academy and the Royal Society. The Fellowships are part of a £29 million pound government initiative to ensure that the UK engages with the world's most promising academics.
The Newton International Fellowships provide an opportunity for some of the most talented early career post-doctoral researchers working overseas to carry out world class research in UK institutions across all disciplines of humanities, engineering, and natural and social sciences. Fellows will receive support in the region of £100,000 each for a two year placement in the UK.
The collaborations and links formed by Newton Fellows during the course of their Fellowship will continue to be supported by the availability of follow-on funding of up to £6,000 per year, for up to ten years to help develop lasting international networks.
The latest group of successful applicants will be investigating topics ranging from the nature and scope of judicial activism in India, to novel bio-nanomaterials for defeating tuberculosis. They come from research institutes in around 20 different countries including India, Japan, Israel and the USA.
The list of 2013 Newton Fellows can be accessed via the following link: http://www.britac.ac.uk/news/news.cfm/newsid/1027
British Academy signs new Memorandum of Understanding with Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences
On 21 November the British Academy reinvigorated its longstanding relationship with the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS) with the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding between the two academies. The signing ceremony, in London, involved the British Academy's Foreign Secretary, Professor Dame Helen Wallace, and Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences' Party Secretary Professor Pan Shiwei, who was visiting the UK for the first time.
The new agreement will see the two academies collaborate on policy development across a range of important areas, as well as providing joint support to innovative research projects between UK and SASS scholars.
British Academy and ALLEA raise Horizon 2020 concerns
The British Academy and the All European Academies (ALLEA), representing academies throughout Europe, have raised their deep concerns to European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science - Máire Geoghegan-Quinn - on the current plans and implementation of Horizon 2020 for the social sciences and humanities.
The Academy and ALLEA have jointly recommended three urgent changes to the current draft programme:
- A budget for the humanities and social sciences that reflects the ‘significant space’ the Commissioner has previously promised;
- a funding structure that covers small, medium and large- scale grant sizes so that the humanities and social science communities are not alienated by very low chances of success;
- and structures to embed interdisciplinarity as well as the humanities and social sciences such as a cross-cutting Advisory Group to monitor and ensure ‘embedding’ of the humanities and social sciences.
Read the joint letter to Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn here. A similar letter was sent to the Times Higher Education. You can read the letter here.
International Partnership and Mobility Scheme
The British Academy is now inviting applications to its International Partnership and Mobility (IPM) Scheme 2014. The application form is now available on the Academy’s online e-GAP application system: https://egap.britac.ac.uk
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.
ECAF Visiting Fellowships
Short Fellowship opportunities are available to enable scholars to make research visits to field-centres operated by the European Consortium for Asian Field Study (ECAF). The purpose of the fellowships will be to advance the scholar’s personal research in Asia, build his/her wider networks and enable scholars to contribute to the academic life of the centres. Awards are for a research visit of normally 1 - 4 months to be spent attached to one of the ECAF field-centres in Asia. The closing date for applications is 20 December 2013. Decisions will be announced in early 2014. Research visits may take place up to and during summer 2014.
These fellowships are administered by the Association of South-East Asian Studies in the United Kingdom (ASEASUK) and the British Association for South Asian Studies (BASAS); applications should be submitted to ASEASUK or BASAS.
The Humanities and Social Sciences in Horizon 2020
At a pivotal time for the development and implementation of Horizon 2020, the focus for the All European Academies' (ALLEA) latest newsletter is the position of the humanities and the social sciences in Horizon 2020.
The newsletter includes a 'focus' contribution by Professor John Bell FBA, Chairman of ALLEA's Social Sciences and Humanities Working Group, and Philip Lewis, International Policy Adviser, which raises continuing concerns that ALLEA and the British Academy have with the content, funding, structures, and 'embedding' of the humanities and social sciences in Horizon 2020.
Additionally, Professor Duncan Gallie CBE FBA has co-signed a letter calling on Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn to give substance to her convictions and deliver the funding that the social sciences and humanities need to address major issues of our time through Horizon 2020. The letter was also published in French in Libération.