Innovation Fellowships Scheme 2023-24 – Route B: Policy-Led (FCDO)

The Innovation Fellowships scheme is a dual-route scheme designed to enable researchers in the humanities and social sciences to partner with organisations and business in the creative and cultural, public, private and policy sectors in order to address challenges that require innovative approaches and solutions. The British Academy is currently inviting applications for funding for a policy-led Innovation Fellowship, working with our partner, the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO).
Funding status
Closed for applications
Career stage
Early-career, Mid-career
Earliest start date
1 Jan 2024
Scheme opens date
17 Jul 2023
Deadline date
01 Nov 2023 - 17:00 GMT
Duration of award
12 months
Contact details

[email protected]

The British Academy has been funded by the Department of Science, Innovation & Technology (DSIT) to support the Innovation Fellowships. The Academy is also working on this scheme in partnership with other partners, including the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), as per this call.

The Innovation Fellowships scheme will provide funding and support for established early-career and mid-career researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences to partner with organisations and business in the creative and cultural, public, private and policy sectors, to address challenges that require innovative approaches and solutions. Through the Innovation Fellowships, our researchers in the SHAPE community will be supported to create new and deeper links beyond academia, so enabling knowledge mobilisation and translation, as well as individual skills development.

The Innovation Fellowships scheme has two routes: Route A: Researcher-led and Route B: Policy-led. This call is for Route B with the Academy working with the FCDO.

The FCDO has specialised research requirements, operating in a context where timely access to high-quality evidence-based analysis can mean the difference between success and failure. Exerting influence, negotiating and leveraging others’ power at precisely the right moment is at a premium. This can make it difficult for researchers operating outside the FCDO to have a significant impact. These Fellowships will provide an opportunity to change that by enabling close interaction with FCDO policymakers directly in the heart of this government department’s work.

These Fellowships will take place in the context of the publication earlier this year of the UK Government’s Integrated Review Refresh 2023: Responding to a more contested and volatile world. The Academy and the FCDO invite applications for Fellowships in any of the following four areas.

  1. The Impact of Serious and Organised Crime on Future UK Foreign Policy
  2. The History of International Development and Aid Policy
  3. Iran
  4. India and other South Asian states

Scheme opens date: 17 July 2023

Application Deadline: 1 November 2023– 17:00 GMT

Starting period of award: Awards are expected to commence no earlier than 1 January 2024 and no later than 31 March 2024. The start date of the fellowship award will depend on the successful completion of the security check and signature of the agreement. Applicants are expected to provide information requested by FCDO in a timely manner to enable the fellowship to begin promptly.

Duration of award: awards are for a period of 12 months.

Level of award: The Academy is able to offer awards of up to £120,000 for 12 months in duration (with Full Economic Costing at 80%).

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