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Pilot scheme launches for arts and humanities EDI fellowships


Pilot scheme launches for arts and humanities EDI fellowships

A new pilot scheme launched today, Thursday 21 May 2020, 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. 

AHRC Executive Chair, Professor Andrew Thompson, said: “Outstanding arts and humanities research can make a real difference to today’s EDI challenges.

“This pilot scheme is intended to highlight the range of ways in which it can do that, making existing research more joined up, providing enhanced opportunities for community and stakeholder engagement, and informing AHRC’s future work.”

Dr Karen Salt, Deputy Director for Culture and Environment at UKRI, said: “As the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences impact all our lives, there has never been a more important time to support ways to embed equality, diversity and inclusion initiatives into policy and practice.

“AHRC’s work will not only further engagement in this area by arts and humanities researchers but will give us great insight on how to evolve schemes such as this.”

Further details on the scope and how to apply can be found here.

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