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British Academy International Partnership and Mobility scheme

The British Academy has recently announced a new round of its popular ‘International Partnership and Mobility’ Scheme.  The scheme aims to support development of partnerships where research excellence would be strengthened by new, innovative initiatives and links.  The idea is that long term and ‘vigorous’ links will be forged through the scheme.  Its good to note that they highlight that ‘all partners’ should gain from the collaboration, suggesting perhaps that one sided bids won’t be looked on favourably.  This year, the scheme will support development of partnerships between the UK and a range of regions, including Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, South Asia, East and South East Asia.  Up to £10,000 per year is available per application. 

 Note that co-funding is available in China and Taiwan through funding organisations in those countries, if your research ideas and links happen to be relevant to those countries.  Although the funder in China (the Chinese Academy of Social Science) understandably sounds like it funds only social science, many of their institutes in fact cover disciplines that might be considered to be humanities.

 The deadline is 6th February 2013  and our understanding is that competition is usually fierce –  40 awards are to be offered in total.

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Last Chance to Apply: Taiwan Fellowships

Last Chance to Apply: Taiwan Fellowships

The Taiwan Fellowship was established by the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) for foreign experts and scholars interested in research related to Taiwan, cross-strait relations, mainland China, Asia-Pacific region and Chinese studies. The fellowship scheme enables successful applicants to conduct advanced research at universities or academic institutions in Taiwan.

This is an annual scheme (so if you miss this year, there is likely to be another chance next year) and, perhaps unusually, is specifically aimed at researchers specialising in humanities or social sciences.

There is an online application form which seems relatively straightforward to complete.  Costs covered include monthly grants and one round-trip, economy-class ticket to Taiwan.  The terms are three to 12 months.

Closing date for applications is: 15th July 2012

More information is available here: http://taiwanfellowship.ncl.edu.tw/eng/index.aspx.

If you have difficulty viewing the above weblink, please use the alternative web address as follows: http://www.bacsuk.org.uk/BACS_FUNDINGSOURCES.php. Scroll to the bottom of the page for the relevant briefing.