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2014 Annual Symposium Registrations OpenRegistrations for our 2014 Annual Symposium are now open. Our Early Bird offer closes on Monday 15 September.
Visit http://www.trybooking.com/FPFI to book your tickets.

Look it Up: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias and Atlases’ will showcase the work of Australian and international scholars in linguistic atlases, cultural encyclopedias and multimodal dictionaries, which not only transcend the boundaries between the traditional formats, but provide a vehicle for many interdisciplinary ventures within humanities and beyond.

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The National Library of Australia offers annual summer scholarships to support younger scholars undertaking any research which can be supported by the Library’s collections. The scholarships are open to students who have commenced postgraduate study and are under the age of thirty at 31 December in the year of their application. Applicants must be Australian citizens or have permanent residency. Applications for 2015 are now open, with a closing date of 30 September 2014. For further information visit the National Library's website.

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Applications are now open for the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists for the Academic Year 2015–16. These scholarships provide graduates from all fields opportunities to pursue doctoral or post-doctoral research in Switzerland at one of the ten Swiss Public Universities or other recognised institutions. Applications close 16 November 2014. To request an application pack or seek further information, please contact the Swiss Embassy in Canberra. Contact details and application information is available from the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation website.

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With the support of the Australian Government Department of Education, the Australian Academy of Science is calling for applications from Australian researchers to collaborate with researchers in institutes affiliated with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016. Humanities researchers are eligible to apply. Applications close 9am Monday 29 September 2014. Information and guidelines can be found on the Australian Academy of Science website.

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CAESIE, a bilateral partnership initiative programme between the European Union and Australia, is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for Priming Grants of AUD 7,000/EUR 4,800 to support initial meetings and discussions between new and emerging Researcher/SMEs partnerships in the priority areas of clean energy, healthy ageing, and sustainable cities. Further information can be found on the CAESIE website. EOI submissions close 26 September 2014. >>

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Australia cannot pursue technical solutions in isolation from the social and cultural perspectives needed to bring products and new kinds of knowledge to markets and publics. If the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines contribute numeracy and technological proficiency, it is the humanities disciplines – together with arts and social sciences (HASS) – that deliver Australia’s literacy skills and knowledge of social systems, governance structures, community habits, beliefs and behaviours. The Academy’s submission to the Senate Inquiry into Australia’s Innovation System is available on the Policy Submissions page of the website.

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The Academy congratulates Dr Bronwen Neil FAHA of the Australian Catholic University on being awarded a 2014 Future Fellowship. Dr Neil’s project examines how dreams and visions were used as tools of religious control and as justification of violence against other religions from Classical Antiquity through early Christianity to early Islam. The Academy also warmly congratulates all of the other humanities researchers awarded Fellowships in the 2014 round. >>

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Homer and his Guide by William- Adolphe Bouguereau, 1874.The Academy is delighted to announce that Emeritus Professor Trevor Bryce FAHA will deliver the 17th A D Trendall Lecture in Classical Studies at 7pm on Thursday 9 October 2014 at the University of Queensland. This is a free event open to the public but bookings are essential. Visit http://www.trybooking.com/FMMR to make a booking. Further details can be find in the event flyer [.pdf 502kb].

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The Australian Academy of Science, in association with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, are now calling for applications from Australian researchers to undertake Invitational and Postdoctoral Fellowships in Japan during 2015–16. Humanities researchers are eligible to apply. Applications close Friday 29 August 2014. >>

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Applications are now open for the European Research Council’s Advanced Grant scheme.  ERC Advanced Grant funding targets established research scholars pursuing ground-breaking projects in their field of research.  Australian researchers are eligible to apply.  Submissions close 21 October 2014. >>

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The Commonwealth Department of Education's Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) has commissioned a project led by Curtin University investigating the formation of career aspirations among first-year university students, and is asking for them to complete a survey. >>

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An initial survey of the 2014-15 Federal Budget shows some key areas which may impact upon the Humanities. To read the summary click here, or download it as a PDF document [166kb].

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Posted in: Policy & Research

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Funding opportunities for the humanities under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 work programme have been collated in a document prepared by NET4SOCIETY, the international network of National Contact Points for humanities and social sciences in Europe.

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The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) in the UK recently hosted a series of events under the banner 'Humanities and the Public Good'. The events brought together leading scholars in the humanities and sciences, and influential figures beyond academia, to consider the role of the humanities in addressing contemporary challenges. You can access videos of the opening event here.

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The European Research Council (ERC) has called for proposals under Work Programme 2014. Currently open are applications for Starting, Consolidator and Proof of Concept grants. Researchers from anywhere in the world can apply for ERC grants provided the research they undertake is carried out in an EU Member State. Further information and a step-by-step guide on how to apply for ERC grants can be found on the ERC website.

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The European Commission has announced its first calls for projects under Horizon 2020, the European Union’s €80 billion research and innovation programme. For more information about funding areas and calls for proposals see the Horizon 2020 website.

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The Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia today welcomed the opportunity to undertake a major study examining the health of the humanities and social science disciplines in Australia.

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Professor Sam Lieu FAHA (Macquarie University), the Academy's current delegate to the International Union of Academies (Union Académique Internationale) based in Brussels, has been elected at the 87th General Assembly at Mainz to serve on the Union's Bureau (Council) for a period of four years. The Academy congratulates Professor Lieu on his election.

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In April 2012 the Minister announced a $10 million funding boost to Australia’s four Learned Academies (through the Australian Council for Learned Academies – ACOLA) for research advice to government. The Academy will play an important role in contributing to policy formulation by collaborating on multi-disciplinary research projects with the other three Learned Academies, in consultation with the Office of the Chief Scientist, to advise the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC) on long-term challenges facing the nation. More information about the programme is available on the ACOLA website.

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In early 2013, the Academy recently hosted the 'Valuing the Humanities' forum in Canberra, bringing together researchers and policy-makers to discuss best models for evaluating the benefits of research in humanities disciplines. Link to the programme is here. A selection of presentations is now available: Professor Aidan's Byrne's presentation is available here. Professor Stephen Knight's presentation is here.

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