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Applications are now open for the new Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme. This scheme was established by a Memorandum of Understanding between Universities Australia and the German Academic Research Exchange (DAAD) in late 2014. The scheme is open to Australian researchers at participating Australian universities in all academic fields. Applications are invited from 9 April to 30 June 2015. Further information including the application pack is available from the Universities Australia website.

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Congratulations to Professor Merle Ricklefs FAHA, winner of the 2015 George McT. Kahin Prize. Professor Ricklefs won the prize for his book 'Islamisation and Its Opponents in Java: A Political, Social, Cultural and Religious History, c. 1930 to Present' (National University of Singapore Press) at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference in late March. The Kahin Prize is given biennially to an outstanding scholar of Southeast Asian studies from any discipline or country specialisation to recognise distinguished scholarly work on Southeast Asia.

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The National Library of Australia has announced a new program of fellowships enabled by more than $500,000 in donor support. Australian and international researchers and scholars are invited to apply for the new 2016 National Library of Australia Fellowships. For guidelines, and to apply, visit the library's website. Applications close on 17 May 2015.

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Applications are now open for Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) funding being offered under the European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. The RISE programme funds short-term staff exchanges between academic and non-academic organisations (universities, research centres, or companies). Australian organisations are eligible to apply in collaboration with organisations in the EU or associated countries. Applications close on 28 April 2015. For more information visit the EC website.

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Innovative ideas for joint projects with counterparts, colleagues and friends in North Asia are encouraged by the Boards of the Australia-China Council, the Australia-Japan Foundation and the Australia-Korea Foundation. Annual grant rounds are now open. Links to the online application forms and further information are available on the DFAT website.

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Applications are now invited for Australian European University Institute Fellowships which provide the opportunity to carry out research at the European University Institute in Florence. Applications close on 15 March 2015. For further information visit the Delegation of the EU to Australia website.

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Posted in: Grants & Awards

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At its Annual General Meeting on 22 November the Australian Academy of the Humanities elected nineteen new Fellows, one of the highest honours available for achievement in the humanities in Australia. >>

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Professor John FitzgeraldProfessor John Fitzgerald FAHA, a leading expert on China, Australia and the geo-politics of the Asia-Pacific region, was elected President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities on 22 November. Professor Fitzgerald’s broad-ranging expertise and interdisciplinary research includes Chinese-Australian community studies, Asia-Pacific philanthropy and the non-profit (NGO) sector, the history and politics of China, East Asian nationalism, and Asian languages. >>

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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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Posted in: Policy & Research

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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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