NEWS: Calls for funding applications & book series editors

Writing Workshops (British Academy, UK)


Application deadline: Wednesday 11 November 2020, 17.00 UK time.


The intention of the Writing Workshops is to cultivate professional networks and mentorship and provide access for early career researchers in developing countries to the academic requirements of journals, including international journals, and to equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills to publish in these journals.


Eligibility requirements


The lead applicant must be based at a UK university or eligible research institute and be of postdoctoral or above status (or have equivalent research experience). The lead applicant must either be in a permanent position at the institution or have a fixed-term position for the duration of the award. Each application must have at least one co-applicant based in an ODA-eligible country.

All proposals must be ODA-eligible: only projects that have a primary objective which is directly and primarily relevant to the problems of developing countries may be counted as ODA-eligible. ODA eligibility is an essential criterion – projects will only be deemed eligible for funding if they can demonstrate that they satisfy ODA eligibility criteria.

All physical workshops must take place in ODA-eligible countries. All virtual workshops must be aimed at supporting early career researchers based in ODA eligible countries.


Value and duration

Awards are set at a maximum of £20,000. Funding must be used in the direct delivery of the workshops, and can cover travel and related expenses, subsistence costs, clerical assistance and consumables, networking, meeting and / or conference costs. For this round, for those workshops taking place virtually the Academy will provide costs for the support of the organisers of up to £10,000. This is an acknowledgement that virtual working is likely to require a significant ongoing time commitment that the Academy wishes to be able to support.

All workshops must take place before 15 March 2022.


More information here.




Expressions of interest invited for SRHE Book Series Editors


Deadline 9 November


The Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE) is seeing a shift. Their current Book Series Editors, Professor Jeroen Huisman and Professor Jennifer Case, are stepping down from their roles at the end of 2020, after ten years and eight years respectively, setting up the series and establishing its high reputation. The Society wishes to appoint two series editors to take over the series and is seeking expressions of interest from individuals with the experience and enthusiasm to edit this series and continue to develop its profile and reach. 

This series aims to publish cutting edge research and discourse that reflects the rapidly changing world of higher education, examined in a global context. Encompassing topics of wide international relevance, the series includes every aspect of the international higher education research agenda and welcomes proposals on any Higher Education topic with a research focus.

Applications are welcome from individuals or from a partnership of two individuals making a joint application. Before making an application, interested candidates are welcome to contact the current editors to learn more about what the roles entail:

Professor Jeroen Huisman Jeroen.Huisman@UGent.be

Professor Jenni Case          jencase@vt.edu

Applications expressing interest in these positions should comprise a covering email, setting out the reasons for interest in these roles and referencing relevant career experience and a short form CV. Applications should be sent by email to:

Helen Perkins, Director SRHE at helen.perkins@srhe.ac.uk to be received by 9 November 2020.

For further details of all books published and forthcoming in this series, visit https://www.routledge.com/Research-into-Higher-Education/book-series/SRHE


AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Urgency Grants pilot


31 January 2021 deadline


Recognising the fast-moving nature of many of the challenges facing low or middle income countries (LMICs), the AHRC has launched this scheme to provide an accelerated funding outlet for urgent arts and humanities research priorities.

Funded as a part of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), it is an open, responsive mechanism through which arts and humanities researchers (working with other disciplines where appropriate) can respond to unanticipated urgent research needs, including (but not limited to) disasters, humanitarian emergencies, rapid radical political or economic change, changes to conflicts, major displacements of populations etc., or unanticipated time-limited opportunities for research to contribute to international development policy or practice.


Key features of this call:

  • Fund Limit: up to fEC £150,000

  • Project duration: maximum 18 months

  • Projects must be fully ODA compliant

  • Applications must demonstrate how the project meets the urgency requirements of the scheme

  • Full applications will be required to include a gender equality statement

  • Proposals must draw significantly on relevant arts and humanities research literature, concepts or approaches and include significant research expertise within the remit of the AHRC

  • Please note that this scheme can only provide funding for research projects led by organisations with a recognised research capacity. It cannot fund direct development projects, supplies or equipment

Details here.

Subscribe to ACUSAfrica