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The Australian Research Council (ARC) has opened proposals for Australian Laureate Fellowships for funding commencing in 2015. Proposals close on 26 November 2014. For more information, visit the ARC's Australian Laureate Fellowships page.

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The Australian Academy of Humanities today expressed support for the Government’s focus on improving connections between scientists, researchers and industry, but warned that the omission of humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS) expertise on the nation’s preeminent research advisory body risked narrowing the scope of its advice.

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The Australian Book Review (ABR) welcomes entries in two of its prestigious awards, the Calibre Prize for an Outstanding Essay (closing date 19 Jan 2015) and the Peter Porter Poetry Prize (closing date 15 Dec 2014). For further information on both prizes and how to apply visit the ABR 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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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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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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