UK-Germany Knowledge Frontiers Symposium: Mobilities

The British Academy is inviting applications for early career researchers in the humanities and social sciences to participate in virtual research activities on the broad theme of "mobilities", in partnership with The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
Funding status
Closed for applications
Career stage
Early-career, Mid-career, Postdoctoral or equivalent research
Earliest start date
9 May 2022
Scheme opens date
12 Jan 2022
Deadline date
16 Feb 2022 - 17:00 GMT
Duration of award
Contact details

[email protected]

More about the programme

The activities will aim to draw on the insights of the humanities and social sciences to explore varied understandings and experiences of "mobilities".


The symposium aims to bring together around 40 early-career researchers (understood as up to 10 years after obtaining a PhD) based in the UK and Germany from across the humanities and social sciences to discuss key questions around the theme of "mobilities". The virtual activities will be designed to encourage collaboration and exchange between early career researchers.

The virtual activities will enable participants to share their research plans and collaboration ideas through a series of sessions that facilitate discussion, feedback and collaborative thinking. The virtual activities will take place on 9-10 May 2022.

In order to stimulate collaboration and networking, seed funding will be provided by the British Academy following the symposium. 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 the ability to apply for this funding, the symposium will aim to provide opportunities for a range of other outputs. Participants, for example, could contribute to a publication focused on the symposium theme, either through individual papers or in partnership with other symposium participants such as in the Journal of the British Academy or a more policy-oriented briefing.

Eligibility requirements

For the purpose of this symposium, early career is defined as being within a 10-year period of the award of the applicant’s doctorate (or equivalent research experience). This eligibility will be viewed flexibly in order to take into account instances such as career breaks.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the British Academy with any questions they may have related to eligibility.

Participants must be based at institutions in the United Kingdom.

Participants must have fluency in spoken and written English.

Participants must be able to participate in the entirety of the symposium over the two days.

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, including:

  • A CV which should not exceed two pages;
  • A one-page summary of their initial thoughts on the theme of "mobilities";
  • An outline of what disciplinary and interdisciplinary skills and/or experience they would contribute to the symposium; and how the symposium could help to develop their own research and career.

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

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 16 February 2022 at 17:00 (UK time).

We will seek to notify successful applicants by early March 2022.

Contact details

Further information is available from Christina Moorhouse at [email protected]

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