Humanities Knowledge Exchange Fellowship Scheme 2018-2019
Purpose of fellowship:
Proposals are sought from researchers in humanities disciplines to facilitate new, or develop existing, relationships with external partners that further the reach and significance of their research. The range of possible knowledge exchange activities and partners is deliberately broad; it is up to the applicant to make the case for how the collaboration enhances their research, benefits the external partner(s), and has the potential to continue after the end of the Fellowship. Successful projects are listed on the TORCH website.
The fellowship scheme
• demonstrates by example different pathways to genuine exchanges of ideas, with the fellows acting as advocates in their disciplines and faculties for working outside the Academy,
• supports relationship development with external partners combining their needs with humanities colleagues’ expertise and knowledge in music, arts, policy-making and the media, and
• enhances the research base in humanities disciplines by giving colleagues the opportunity to work with external partners and to explore new and interesting joint research opportunities
• acknowledges that co-produced research is inherently unpredictable and may take different pathways from the directions initially envisaged.
Definition of Knowledge Exchange:
Knowledge Exchange is the mutually beneficial sharing of ideas, data, experience, and expertise, and involves collaboration between researchers and external organisations or the public. There are many potential pathways and outcomes from this reciprocity that demonstrate both the enhancement of academic research and the benefits to society and the economy. Whether working with a theatre or charity, a local, regional or national community, or a small, medium or business or enterprise, building a formal partnership with a museum or collection, co-creating a workshop with a school or external organisation, engaging the public with research ideas, or helping to form public policy, knowledge exchange is a reciprocal act which helps both parties, and has both tangible and intangible outcomes.
All applicants must be an employee of the collegiate university with an academic post until at least 31 July 2019 and must have approval from a faculty or department to make an application. To qualify as an early-career researcher, you must have submitted your doctoral thesis not more than five years prior to 31 July 2018 (pro-rata for career breaks and/or work part-time) Application deadline: 12 noon, Thursday 28 June 2018
Assessment of the applications will focus on
• The quality of the proposed project;
• The proposed benefit to the partner organization;
• The potential for the project to enhance the applicant’s research;
• The potential for the project to develop a productive and long lasting partnership with the named organization;
• The ways in which the project will promote the reach and significance of research beyond the academic community.
The selection panel, which is a mix of University academics and external partners and users, will make the final decisions. The application will be treated as confidential at all times. Award holders will hold the title of ‘Humanities Knowledge Exchange Fellow’ from 1 September 2018 until 31 July 2019.
Divisional Support: Each fellow will be supported through the TORCH team to run events, use rooms in the Radcliffe Humanities building and to promote their work through the TORCH website and mailing lists. Relevant training will be available to successful candidates, through the divisional team.
Funding: all funds will be claimed through the faculty office. A project account will be supplied to successful applicants and their faculty by 1 Sept 2018. Further expectations: TORCH, the Humanities Division and/ or the Research Services KEIT team would like to use the KE Fellows’ projects as case studies, producing short videos on, and photographs relating to, the projects and uploading these to the TORCH and Partnership websites. Fellows will be asked to attend three sessions during the year, with the first induction workshop taking place in November, and the KE Showcase (normally in December).
Each fellow is expected to
• produce a short reflective report at the end of their project (by 31 July at the very latest) to be of use to colleagues considering engaging in KE;
• write at least one article (600-800 words) for The Conversation and attend one training session on media writing;
• act as an advocate in their faculty and in the University for working with external partners;
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