Opportunities for Humanities Researchers based in the Global South

Experts from Rwanda, South Africa and the UK at our recent Mobilising Histories workshop.

At Changing The Story we are passionate about working with and learning from our colleagues in the Global South to help humanities research make the biggest possible impact towards sustainable development worldwide. We need their expertise and partnership to ensure humanities research remains relevant, equitable and effective in supporting long-term change.

When launching our Phase 2 grants, we struggled to find a central online space where humanities researchers based in the Global South could easily consult the range of international funding opportunities available to them. We hope to fill some of that gap here.

If you have a relevant opportunity for humanities academics based in the Global South that you would like to share, please contact us.

Note: The opportunities below are not directly connected to Changing The Story and we encourage direct consultation with the relevant funder and/or guidance notes to ensure that the fund is appropriate for your needs.

Newton Mobility Grants provide support for international researchers based in a country covered by the Newton Fund (China, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey) to establish and develop collaboration with UK researchers around a specific jointly defined research project. These one-year awards are particularly suited to initiate new collaborative partnerships, between scholars who have not previously worked together, or new initiatives between scholars who have collaborated in the past.
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Newton Advanced Fellowships provide early to mid-career international researchers who already have a track record with an opportunity to develop their research strengths and capabilities, and those of their group or network, through training, collaboration and visits with a partner in the UK. The award enables international researchers based in a country covered by the Newton Fund (China, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey) to establish and develop collaborations with the UK with the intention of transferring knowledge and research capabilities.
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The Rising from the Depths network aims to identify and utilise the Marine Cultural Heritage (MCH) of Eastern Africa to create tangible benefits in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar. The network will fund a range of Innovation Research Projects in the region. These are network funded, co-created research projects that aim to identify new opportunities and methods for using and protecting MCH. This is the first call for applications and is divided into small (£1,000-£5,000 at 100% fEC), medium (£5,000-£30,000 at 100% fEC) and large (£30,000-£100,000 at 100%f EC) projects. All awards can be for between 6 and 18 months in duration, but must be completed by the end of June 2020.
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The Global Research Network on Parliaments and People creates opportunities for people in the academic and creative industries to (develop their capacity to) undertake interdisciplinary research on politics. We offer a range of small, medium, and large grants to residents, citizens, and the diaspora of Myanmar and Ethiopia to conduct research that helps scrutinise, understand, communicate, and support the processes and relationships required to deepen democracy in those countries. Research supported by our grants should address one or more of three research themes (1. Culture of representation, 2. History of exclusion and instability, 3. Imagining deeper democracy through media and the arts), and contribute to understandings of the relationship between Parliaments, elected politicians, and people in society.
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As part of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), UK Research and Innovation invites proposals for community building networks focused around research challenges within the six strategic GCRF Challenge portfolios: Cities and Sustainable Infrastructure; Education; Food Systems; Global Health; Resilience to Environmental Shocks and Change; Security Protracted Conflict, Refugee Crises and Forced Displacement. Up to £150,000 is available per network, over a 2 year period. These funds are to support running costs, events and activities. The Network Director (Principal Investigator) for each Network must be an academic based at an eligible research organisation in a country on the OECD DAC list.
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The Nahrein Network fosters the sustainable development of antiquity, heritage and the humanities in the post-conflict Middle East. Their awards support interdisciplinary research on themes relating to one or more of the Nahrein Network’s five aims. They offer two types of funding: Small grants of up to £30,000 (FEC) for projects led by Iraqi researchers, or collaborations between Iraqi and UK researchers. Large grants of up to £100,000 (FEC) for collaborations between Iraqi and UK researchers. Projects may last up to 18 months. Applications for small grants must be led by an Iraqi researcher and do not need UK collaborators. Applications for large grants must be made jointly by researchers in the UK and Iraq who each fulfil these eligibility criteria. Large grants may also involve researchers from other countries.
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