Grants and Research Funding

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BRITISH ACADEMY RESEARCH READERSHIPS, BRITISH ACADEMY/LEVERHULME TRUST SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS, AND BRITISH ACADEMY THANK-OFFERING TO BRITAIN FELLOWSHIP 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 up to thirteen awards tenable for two years from 1 October 2000. The Readerships will be awarded on a competitive basis and are not renewable.

In addition, the academy has announced that, under the scheme for Senior Research Fellowships 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 up to eight awards as well as one Thank-Offering to Britain Fellowship, tenable from 1 October 2000, of one year's duration.

Applicants will need to submit a programme of research for the Research Readerships and Senior Research Fellowships in any field of study within the humanities or social sciences. Appropriate subjects for the award of the Thank-Offering to Britain Fellowship will be related to Human Studies widely interpreted and their bearing upon the well-being of the inhabitants of the United Kingdom.

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 and the Thank-Offering to Britain Fellowship 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 (£17,570) in year one, and the seventh point (£18,275) in year two; under the Senior Research Fellowship and Thank-Offering to Britain schemes 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.

Candidates must be of an age to complete the award and return to teaching afterwards to disseminate the results of their research. Candidates are normally therefore expected to be aged under 55 on 1 October 2000, unless they can demonstrate that exceptional circumstances have delayed the advancement of their academic career. Applications from candidates under the age of 35 are discouraged. 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 should be submitted through the University or through the college (for CUF lecturers). All applicants must, however, obtain the support of the Faculty Board and the General Board (and, for those holding joint appointments, 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, or direct from the British Academy (Web site http://www.britac.ac.uk/guide/randf/html #Research Readerships, Senior Research Fellowships; telephone: 0171-969 5265; e-mail: kene@britac.ac.uk). The academy's closing date for the receipt of applications is 31 July 1999.

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LEVERHULME TRUST MAJOR RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS 2000–1

The Leverhulme Trust has announced a round of up to twenty three-year Major Research Fellowships in the humanities and social sciences to commence on 1 october 2000 or earlier. Applications are invited from individuals holding an established academic post in the humanities and social sciences at a UK university who have held a post in the UK for at least the past five years. Applicants must be of an age to return to full-time academic posts for at least two years after holding a fellowship and priority will be given to applicants over the age of thirty-five. Award-holders will continue to receive their normal stipend for the duration of the award, and their employing institution will be expected to provide them with all the facilities necessary to enable them to carry out their research programme. The Leverhulme Trust will meet the salary costs of a full-time replacement lecturer at a grade not exceeding spinal point 8 on the RA1A scale (currently £19,197). Up to £5,000 per annum will also be available to help meet the fellow's research expenses. Award-holders will be expected to spend at least 80 per cent of their time on the specified project. Applications should be submitted through the University (or through the college for CUF lecturers). All applicants must, however, obtain the support of the faculty board and the General Board (and the college for those holding joint appointments). The University will advise the Leverhulme Trust separately of its support for an application by a CUF lecturer. Further details of the scheme are available from faculty board secretaries, or direct from the Leverhulme Trust (Web site: http://www.leverhulme.org.uk). Application packs must be obtained direct from the Leverhulme Trust by sending a self-addressed C5 envelope stamped for 60 grammes to: the Leverhulme Trust, 1 Pemberton Row, London EC4A 3BG. No packs will be mailed out after Friday, 23 July. Packs cannot be faxed or e-mailed. The closing date for receipt of applications by the Leverhulme Trust is Friday, 30 July, and applications should be forwarded to the relevant faculty board secretary as soon as possible.

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