[CfA] AHRC-Smithsonian Fellowships in Digital Scholarship

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    Dear Pelagios Commons members
    The following may be of interest to you and your networks: 
    Overview – The AHRC and the Smithsonian Institution are pleased to announce a new joint fellowship programme in digital scholarship.  The fellowships will be research-based and enable eligible scholars from UK institutions to undertake research at the Smithsonian, and for eligible scholars from US institutions to undertake research at leading museums and cultural / heritage institutions in the UK.
    Deadline–  26th July 2018
    Duration – The fellowships will be held over a one year period, which will include a funded placement of between 3 and 6 months. It is anticipated that around 5 fellowships will be available in each ‘direction’.
    Aim – The aim of this new partnership is to build capacity through shared approaches to the innovative research application of digital technologies / methods in museums and heritage / cultural institutions. It will help to nurture and accelerate thinking about the potential for digital scholarship in such institutions, facilitate and encourage pilot projects on areas of mutual interest, pioneer new approaches to audience engagement and experience and support discussions and outreach about the value and impact of digitisation and digital collections.
    Eligibility –  UK applicants should either i) hold a contract of employment with the institution submitting the proposal that extends beyond the year-long period in which the fellowship will fall or ii) provide a Letter of Support from the eligible organisation submitting the proposal confirming that such a contract would be offered in the event of the fellowship proposal being successful. Prospective fellows from the UK can apply to be based at any of the Smithsonian’s museums, research centers and cultural centers. Applicants should discuss their project in advance with relevant Smithsonian unit(s) and will require a Letter of Support and identified mentor
    Further information
    Applications are sought from researchers for funded placements based at any of the eligible institutions identified in 3) below. They may address a broad range of subject areas and methods but must:
    • Be focused on the innovative research application of digital methods in museums and cultural / heritage institutions and offer the potential to have a transformational impact in the field;
    • Be research-driven, and form part of a wider research project / activity / collaboration of at least one years’ duration;
    • Present a career development opportunity for the fellow which includes how they will be supported during their time at the host institution;
    • Support cross-disciplinary research which brings the arts and humanities together with digital technologies and other relevant fields;
    • Build new links between discrete collections in the host and home institution,
    • Demonstrate the unique value of undertaking the fellowship at the identified host
    • Be collaborative, demonstrating how the fellowship will embed knowledge exchange activity and engage other networks of researchers in the UK and US both within the host and home institutions and more widely;
    • Demonstrate plans for the sustainability of the outputs and networks formed through the fellowship beyond the funding period.

    For further information: https://ahrc.ukri.org/funding/apply-for-funding/current-opportunities/fellowships-in-digital-scholarship/

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