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A funding initiative has been launched to support social sciences and humanities researchers in the early stages of their career. British Academy/Wolfson Fellowships are open to academics with a permanent position at a UK university or research institution, including a museum or gallery.

The programme offers grants of up to £130,000 over three years to release the recipient from administrative and teaching duties, giving them time to pursue their research. The programme places an emphasis on the importance of award-holders communicating their plans and results to a broad audience.

Grants can be used flexibly – at least £90,000 must be used for time buyout, while up to £40,000 can be set aside for public engagement, travel expenses and the dissemination of findings. The British Academy said the fellowships aimed “to celebrate and empower early career researchers who show exceptional talent in both research and public engagement”. The deadline for applications is 12 May.  

Meanwhile, the Museums Association (MA) has released the deadline dates for the Benevolent Fund (including the Trevor Walden Trust), which previously considered applications on an ad hoc basis. The closing dates for the next three rounds are 31 May and 30 September this year and 31 January 2020. The fund offers grants to MA members for education, training and the alleviation of poverty. 

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