RLUK and AHRC are delighted to open applications for the Professional Practice Fellowship Scheme for academic and research libraries.

Five fellowships of up to £20,000 (80% FEC) are available under this scheme. The fellowships are designed to enable library colleagues to set research agendas, be active participants and leaders of multidisciplinary research, and to provide intellectual leadership in their own disciplines and beyond.

They will provide a career development opportunity by enabling colleagues to have a transformative impact on their professional practice, discipline, and institution, and also act as advocates for the value and benefits of arts and humanities research to communities beyond academia. The Scheme offers opportunities for library staff to work in partnership with RLUK and the AHRC in strengthening research capacity and capabilities in libraries across the arts and humanities, and within and beyond the RLUK membership.

The Professional Practice Fellowship Scheme will provide time and support for library staff:

  • To develop their capability, capacity, and confidence as research partners and leaders.
  • To enable colleagues to place their work within wider professional or disciplinary frameworks which will have a transformative effect on their ability to act as research partners or leaders.
  • To equip colleagues with the research skills, knowledge, and confidence, to transform their professional practice through research.
  • To result in a tangible outcome that enables the fellowship to bring discernable and lasting benefit to both the individual, and their institution, beyond the fellowship’s duration.

Application period

The application deadline for this scheme is midday (12.00) on Friday 3 December 2021. Applications will not be accepted after this point.

For full details about the scheme and how to apply please visit the scheme’s dedicated webpage.