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Supporting cultural engagement

2 November 2015

The AHRC have approached Cardiff University to participate in the 2015 round of their cultural encounters scheme. This scheme last ran in 2012, and we had two projects that went forward, one of which was in the School.

The objectives of the scheme are:

  • To support the broader skills development of high-calibre recent doctoral graduates in the art & humanities, particularly in relation to working with partners to support the wider impact of research.

The College have expressed an interest in participating, and hopes that the AHRC will respond soon, letting us know how much Cardiff has been allocated (up to £40k Maximum). Once this is known, the College will set up a process to ask for projects that will go forward, but I wanted to alert you to the types of projects that the AHRC are looking for.

  • The funding is intended to provide broader development opportunities to support early career, post-PhD researchers in the arts and humanities.
  • The funding can be used to cover the costs of individuals working on short three-month Cultural Engagement projects. These will be short-term project posts, full-time or part-time, and aimed at recently completed PhD students in the arts or humanities (including students who have recently submitted their theses, and are awaiting examination).
  • The award can be used either to cover the full economic costs of employing a single individual for three months, or used in combination with other funding to support two or more individuals. The precise level of funding will be confirmed in early November 2015.
  • Projects may i) relate to existing partnerships or collaborations linked to a university’s arts and humanities research in a specific area; or ii) seek to develop new partnerships or types of collaboration based on a specific area of its arts and humanities research; or iii) aim to strengthen or develop the university’s broader strategy for supporting the engagement of its arts and humanities academic staff with the wider cultural or civic context of the university.
  • The project(s) chosen should provide an early career researcher with an opportunity to manage a project linked to an institution’s plans for cultural engagement. The university must ensure that the project is challenging, but achievable within the time available, and the role should offer opportunities to develop professionally, including relevant training.

Projects should begin by 15 February 2016 at the latest.

Please note that there is no requirement that individuals recruited to undertake the project(s) selected have been AHRC funded previously. The scheme aims to support recently completed PhD students in the arts or humanities (including students who have recently submitted their theses, and are awaiting examination).

Further details can be found at:


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