AHRC-DCMS Policy Fellowships – Inform Policies for Culture, Heritage and the Creative Industries

Closing Date: 06/01/2022

Funding available to early career researchers to enable them to spend up to 13.5 months working with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

This scheme offers the opportunity to develop a researcher’s career and enhance their understanding of applying research in policy contexts, through a secondment based with DCMS. It aims to create deeper engagement between academia and policy, and it is expected that the benefits will flow to the wider academic community through fellows’ engagement with their home research organisation, students, and wider research communities.

An AHRC-DCMS policy fellow will:

  • Provide research and expert advice on the policy priority areas, including co-designing and delivering research projects and activities
  • Engage in knowledge exchange (KE) activities across government and academia
  • Build longer-term networks across research and policy.

Fellows will be uniquely positioned to build connections between the policymaking and research communities, as well as to generate and share new knowledge and insights on effective policy collaboration with the wider research community.

DCMS will host four policy fellows to support the department’s work on developing its research and knowledge across culture, heritage, and creative industries.

Fellows will work with policy officials or analysts to lead on research in some of the most pressing areas and challenges facing the cultural, heritage and cultural industries sectors, as identified by the department.

Fellowships are available in the following areas:

  • International cultural heritage protection and soft power policy (co-hosted with the British Council)
  • Digital and international audiences
  • Implementing the culture and heritage capital approach
  • Media and creative industries environmental sustainability.

Each fellowship will last up to 13.5 months to cover a three-month inception phase for set up activity, followed by a six to nine month placement with DCMS (and British Council for the cultural heritage protection and soft power policy fellowship), and concluding with a knowledge exchange and impact phase lasting up to six weeks.

Funding body Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Maximum value £135,000
Reference ID S22899
Category Arts and Humanities

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