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AHRC-ESRC-FCO Knowledge Exchange Fellowship Scheme

Date: 04/07/2017

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) are pleased to invite applications from arts and humanities, and social science researchers to the AHRC-ESRC-FCO Knowledge Exchange (KE) Fellowships scheme.

The scheme will provide the opportunity for each intake of fellows to be seconded into the FCO to work alongside, advise and influence policymakers. Fellows will bring fresh thinking, depth and breadth of expert knowledge and apply their learning to policy challenges. This is not a scheme to support research projects about the FCO. It will build new capacity across the UK research base and in the FCO.

The scheme will help the Fellow further their understanding of how foreign policy-making and Government work as well as developing networks of trusted connections across Government and internationally.

The FCO has an almost limitless demand for expert specialist knowledge of foreign countries, international institutions and global policy challenges. The skills and training of scholars across social sciences and arts and humanities may be highly valuable, including, but not limited to, anthropologists, area specialists, cultural studies scholars, linguists, historians, political scientists, security studies scholars, lawyers, economists, sociologists, statisticians, demographers, international relations scholars, psychologists, geographers, philosophers, and theologians.

The fellowship scheme aims to go beyond current ad hoc arrangements, create deeper engagement between academia and policy, impact on diplomacy, increase the professional reputation of participating scholars and build long term, two way relationships. The benefits will flow to the wider academic community through fellows’ engagement with their home research organisation and wider research communities as well as through a dedicated policy seminar series hosted by the FCO during the lifetime of the scheme.

The scheme will appoint 3 to 4 KE Fellows working between 0.6 to 0.8 FTE for 24 months. The fellow will be funded by the Research Councils (at 80% FEC).

Full details on how to apply by the 31st October 2017 deadline are available from the ESRC website

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