The British Academy today announces funding for 31 new projects designed to help early career researchers from the Global South tackle the challenges of publishing in international journals.
Funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), through the Global Challenges Research Fund, the Writing Workshops 2020 programme supports early career researchers in ODA (Official Development Assistance) eligible countries to publish in high impact academic journals in the humanities and the social sciences.
As well as enabling researchers to build relationships with academics and journal editors based in the UK and elsewhere, the Workshops will equip researchers with the knowledge and skills necessary to publish in these journals. This will support the progression of their academic careers and promote their research in international publications.
The 31 projects will involve collaborations between researchers based at 25 different UK universities and over 90 scholars from institutions in the Global South. The research undertaken as part of this programme will benefit over 23 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
This new cohort of award-holders will conduct workshops exploring a wide range of academic skills within various disciplines to assist early career researchers from developing countries in contributing to the international dialogue.
Professor Simon Goldhill, Foreign Secretary and Vice-President of the British Academy, said:
“We are delighted to award more writing workshops than we have ever awarded in the history of the programme, offering more opportunities to the next generation of early career researchers from developing countries. These workshops will facilitate the researchers’ academic development, strengthen their international research skills, help them to build collaborative networks and, ultimately, publish in high impact journals.”