Grants and Research Funding

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British Council (Spain): Acciones Integradas 1997–8

British/Spanish Research Collaboration Programme

The Acciones Integradas programme, which is jointly funded and administered by the British Council in Spain and the Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture, offers the opportunity for research groups in the two countries to initiate collaboration. It is expected that subsequent funding will be sought from other sources, such as the European Union.

Prospective applicants should have already identified the research group in Spain with which they would like to collaborate, as applications have to be made concurrently by the British and Spanish partners. Applicants must also show that there is an agreed project proposal. Grants are available to contribute towards international travel and subsistence costs only.

Application forms and guidance notes for the new Acciones Integradas programme can be obtained from the Research Grants Office (telephone: (2)70146).

Further information can be obtained from the British Council, Madrid (telephone: 0034-1-337-3559, fax: 0034-1-337-3560, e-mail:

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Research Readerships and British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships in the Humanities and Social Sciences

The British Academy has announced that, under its scheme for Research Readerships, it intends to confer on `serving members of academic staff' the title of British Academy Research Reader. There will be nine awards tenable for two years from 1 October 1997. The Readerships will be awarded on a competitive basis and are not renewable.

In addition, the Academy has announced that, continuing the scheme for Senior Research Fellowships begun in 1990–1, it intends to confer, again on members of academic staff, the title of British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow. Under this scheme there will be seven awards tenable from 1 October 1997, of one year's duration. In exceptional circumstances awards may be extended to a maximum of two years.

Applicants will need to submit a programme of research for the Research Readerships and Senior Research Fellowships in one or more of the following fields; the ancient world (all aspects, including archaeology); history (of all periods, and including the history of art, music, ideas, science, etc.); philosophy; religious thought; language; linguistics; literature; law; economics; politics; sociology; psychology; anthropology; geography.

All award-holders are relieved of all teaching and administrative duties, but may engage in limited supervision of research students.

While they hold the relevant academy title, award-holders of Research Readerships and Senior Research Fellowships will continue to receive their normal stipend, and their employing institutions will be expected to provide them with all the facilities necessary to enable them to carry out their research programme. Under the Research Readership scheme, the academy will meet the cost of substitute teaching in a form to be agreed up to a maximum sum equivalent to the sixth point of the current national Lecturer A scale in year one, and the seventh point in year two; under the Senior Research Fellowship scheme the academy will meet the agreed costs of substitute teaching up to the sixth point on the university lecturer scale. Detailed arrangements in any particular case will have to be considered by the University and the college concerned, and in consultation with the academy, once it is known that the application is successful.

The normal age-range for candidates for Research Readerships and Senior Research Fellowships is from the mid-thirties to the late forties, but in respect of both schemes the academy will continue to look sympathetically on outstanding candidates over fifty who should set out in their submission the special circumstances that are thought to apply. Applicants are not discouraged from applying for the Research Readerships and the Senior Research Fellowships simultaneously, but in such cases two sets of separate and fully self-contained applications should be submitted, with the research project in each case tailored to the duration of the award.

Applications under all schemes must be submitted through the University or through the college (for CUF lecturers). Applicants holding joint appointments must, however, obtain the support both of the University and of the college concerned. The University will advise the academy separately of its support for an application by a CUF lecturer.

Further details and application forms in respect of the schemes are available from the appropriate faculty board secretaries, to whom applications should be returned as soon as possible. The academy's closing date for the receipt of applications is 31 July 1996.

Applicants will be informed of the results of their applications by the academy in December 1996.

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