Pilot scheme launches for EDI fellowships
A new pilot scheme will fund a number of fellowships aimed at arts and humanities researchers working in the area of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).
Up to £100,000 is available from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) for each fellowship, which will support researchers to work with relevant communities to generate more substantial and longer-term community engagement.
Research into history, languages, culture, heritage, creativity and many other fields in the arts and humanities provides vital and distinctive insights into a range of contemporary EDI challenges. But such projects can lack effective mechanisms for sustained coordination with the communities they concern.
The new fellowships will give researchers the chance to take their research outside academia, supporting them to generate more substantial and longer-term community and stakeholder engagement, and to embed their work in policy and practice.
Opportunities will not be limited to the nine protected characteristics covered by the Equality Act 2010.
Those taking part in the pilot will be asked to feed back to AHRC on the success of the scheme. Successful applicants will be expected to play an integral role in documenting and joining up the change opportunities enabled by the fellowship to inform AHRC’s efforts to diversify its applicant pool and participating communities.
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