Programme Director: Youth Futures

The British Academy is seeking to appoint a Programme Director to engage with a multi-year programme on Youth Futures, supported through the UK Government’s Global Challenges Research Fund.
Project status

More about the role of the Programme Director

Funded by the UK's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (through the Global Challenges Research Fund).


The Youth Futures programme will fund approximately 18 research projects with development impact, aimed at furthering existing understanding of youth futures and informing policymaking in this area. The research grants will be awarded to interdisciplinary teams of UK and international researchers, following an open competition.

The Academy wishes to appoint a Programme Director who will engage with the award-holders and wider audiences to ensure coherence across outputs, synthesise research and policy-relevant findings, promote their effective uptake and use, and develop programme-level engagements with key stakeholders.

Person specification

We are seeking to appoint an outstanding researcher who has an established and distinguished track record of publication in a relevant field. The role is suited to someone who is particularly interested in operationally relevant research and in energising innovation collaborations between researchers and young people.

It is anticipated that the research grant will cover all or part of the Programme Director's salary and replacement teaching costs, and that s/he will be currently employed at a UK university or other UK institution of higher education. The appointed Programme Director cannot be part of any research award made under the Youth Futures programme.

Value and duration

Applicants to the post of Programme Director should apply for a grant of up to 24 months in duration, starting on 20 March 2020. Funding of up to £160,000 is available for the duration of the contract.

Application process

Applicants are asked to provide a justification explaining why they consider themselves particularly well suited to the role of Programme Director, drawing attention to their expertise, knowledge and experience.

Applicants should furthermore provide a CV which should include relevant and recent publications.

Applicants should also provide a proposal outlining their plans and approach towards ensuring the success of the Youth Futures programme. In addition, applicants should provide a statement outlining the costs and resources required.

The head of department at the applicant's UK host institution must complete a statement in support of the application.

Applicants should also provide details of two referees, one academic and the other a practitioner.

The closing date for applications is midnight on 11 December 2019.

Download the full details about the Youth Futures Programme Director role.

Applications and enquiries should be sent to Dr Stephanie Appleton at [email protected] 

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