The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and The British Academy Knowledge Frontiers Symposium

Funding status
Closed for applications
Career stage
Earliest start date
11 May 2023
Scheme opens date
28 Oct 2022
Deadline date
11 Jan 2023 - 17:00 GMT
Contact details

[email protected]

The symposium will aim to draw on the insights of the humanities and social sciences to explore varied understandings and experiences of what is a good city.


The symposium will bring together around 15 early career researchers from the UK and 15 from Germany (understood as up to 10 years after obtaining a PhD) from across the humanities and social sciences to discuss key questions around the theme of ‘What is a good city?’. The symposium is designed specifically to encourage collaboration and networking.

In order to incentivise long-term collaboration and networking, seed funding will be made available for which participants can apply. These collaborations must be international in their makeup, and can be either partnerships or groups. This funding is designed to facilitate collaborations that are formed directly from the symposium.

Participants will also be eligible to apply for CONNECT, a follow-up programme for participants of Frontiers of Research Symposia offered by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. It provides allowances for short workings visits in Germany or in the United Kingdom that can be taken up at any time following the symposium.

In addition to funding a number of collaborative proposals, the symposium will aim to provide opportunities for a range of other outputs. Participants, for example, could be invited to contribute to a publication focused on the symposium theme, either through individual papers or in partnership with other symposium participants, record audio outputs or write blog posts that will be compiled into a series dedicated to the symposium.

Eligibility requirements

For the purpose of this symposium, early career is defined as being within a ten-year period from the award of a doctorate. Participants must be based at research institutions in the UK.

Participants must be able to travel on dates and times, and on trains or other modes of transportation chosen by the British Academy.

Attendance is mandatory for the entire symposium. If this is not met, it will result in a participant not being eligible for the seed funding available.

UK-based attendees may only participate in two British Academy Knowledge Frontiers Symposia in any 24-month period.

Application Process

Applicants should provide:

  • A completed application form
  • A CV (in English) which should not exceed two pages

Applications must be submitted online using the British Academy's Grant Management System (GMS), Flexi-Grant®.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 11 January 2023 at 17:00 (UK time).

We will seek to notify successful applicants by mid-February 2023.

Contact details

Further information is available from Saima Saleem at [email protected]

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