Funded by the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (through the National Productivity Investment Fund)
This programme provides mid-career to senior scholars in any discipline within the humanities and social sciences, who are currently employed outside the United Kingdom, with the opportunity to be based for four years in the UK and make a contribution to UK research and higher education.
Each appointment is intended to be a complete project in itself and is expected to involve a specific research focus, although the British Academy does not have a preferred model for the balance of time to be spent between research and teaching (which may vary over the course of the award and will depend on the UK host institution’s needs).
The Global Professorships are expected to add significant value to the UK host institutions and vice versa, and thus the projects must be significant, leading to novel and innovative collaborations. With the Global Professorships, the Academy is looking to support academics that are proposing ambitious, beyond the state-of-the-art applications that break new ground. The Academy views the Global Professorships as an opportunity to apply to undertake high-risk, curiosity-driven research in the humanities and social sciences that enables the award-holders and their UK host institutions to achieve a step change in their respective research programmes.
Awards will not be made retrospectively: the work for which support is requested must not have commenced before the award is announced.
The Academy welcomes applications from a diverse range of UK host institutions. In the current competition round, the Academy wishes to particularly encourage applications from historically and / or structurally disadvantaged groups, low-income countries and from female applicants.
Awards are only available to individuals, to be held in an institutional context. Co-applicants are not permitted.
For more details on eligibility, please see the scheme notes.
Value and duration
Awards are for a period of four years and must be taken up between 1 August 2020 and 1 February 2021.
The British Academy will provide funding of up to £187,500 per annum, and up to £750,000 over four years.
The host UK institution is expected to contribute up to £37,500 per annum (or 20% of the Academy’s annual contribution) towards the costs of the Professorship, excluding indirect and estate costs.
Applications must be submitted online using the British Academy’s grants application system, Flexi-Grant.
Application, reference, supporting statement and UK host institution application approval deadline: 17.00 (UK time) on Wednesday 19 February 2020.
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