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AHRC-RLUK Professional Practice Fellowship Scheme Town Hall

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The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Research Libraries UK (RLUK) are delighted to announce that applications will soon be open for the second year of the Professional Practice Fellowship Scheme, for colleagues working within academic and research libraries.

The scheme is designed to develop and promote research capacity, capability, and confidence amongst colleagues working across the research and academic library community, including within both RLUK and non-RLUK libraries. This includes colleagues working within a broad range of disciplines, professions, and institutions, and any unit or department that belongs to a research or academic library.

A town hall meeting will be held on Wednesday 19 October, 14:00-16:00 (BST) which will provide an opportunity for the AHRC and RLUK to provide further details about the scheme, the forthcoming application process, and the scheme’s eligibility criteria. It will also provide colleagues with an opportunity to ask questions about the scheme.


The scheme is open to colleagues working within any unit or department that sits within a research or academic library which belongs to a recognised UK Higher Education Institution (HEI), Independent Research Organisation (IRO), or is a member of Research Libraries UK (RLUK).

The scheme is open to both RLUK and non-RLUK member institutions, and has been designed to enable a wide variety of applications from individuals, institutions, and professions, from across the academic and research library communities.

RLUK and AHRC welcome applications from individuals of all backgrounds and career stages. The scheme would particularly like to encourage applications from early-career professionals who are seeking to develop their research capability, confidence, and capacity. RLUK and AHRC would also like to encourage applications from underrepresented groups within the library and information sectors.


The creation of this scheme is a direct response to the findings and recommendations of a joint RLUK-AHRC scoping study regarding the role, and potential role, of research and academic libraries as research partners and leaders. The report, published in July 2021, highlighted the need to support colleagues working across research and academic libraries in the development of their research capability, capacity, and confidence.

Further details about the scheme can be found here – please note this webpage currently holds information for the 2021 scheme but this will be updated on 19 October for the second year of the scheme.

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