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Call for Applications: The British Academy-Royal Irish Academy Knowledge Frontiers Symposium 'The Future'

08 November 2022

The Royal Irish Academy and the British Academy are inviting applications from early career researchers in the humanities and social sciences for grant funding to attend a research collaboration symposium on the broad theme of ‘the Future’.

The symposium will bring together up to thirty early career researchers (understood as up to seven years after obtaining a PhD) based in the UK and Ireland from across the humanities and social sciences to discuss key questions around the theme of ‘the Future’.  

Applicants are invited to think of ‘the Future’ across different times and contexts to explore and address the need for creative interventions in social and environmental crises, how communities of the past have managed (or otherwise) rapid social upheaval and technological change, and whether we can humanise the digital future.

The symposium is designed specifically to encourage collaboration and networking between early career researchers. In advance of the symposium, participants will be able to discuss their research and exchange ideas among themselves; begin to discuss the session themes; and make connections for possible future activities.

In order to incentivise long-term collaboration and networking, additional seed funding will be made available at the symposium for which participants can apply.

Eligibility requirements

For the purpose of applying to this symposium, early career is defined as being within a seven-year period of the award of the applicant’s doctorate.

Participants must be based at institutions in Ireland or the United Kingdom.

Participants must have fluency in spoken and written English.

Participants must be able to travel on dates and times, and on flights or other modes of transportation chosen by the British Academy and the Royal Irish Academy.

Attendance is mandatory for the entire symposium. If this is not met it will result in a participant not being eligible for the seed funding available.

Application process

Applicants should provide:

  • A completed application form
  • A CV (in English) which should not exceed two pages

Applications must be submitted online using the British Academy's Grant Management System (GMS), Flexi-Grant®.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 7 December at 17:00

Further information 

Further information is available from Saima Saleem at at The British Academy or at The Royal Irish Academy.

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