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New partnership to support academics fleeing conflict

The Leverhulme Trust Board is delighted to announce the investment of up to £1 million over five years for the support of researchers at risk who have come to the UK from across the globe. The new initiative, British Academy / Cara / Leverhulme Researchers at Risk Research Support Grants, will be delivered by the British Academy in partnership with Council for At-Risk Academics (Cara) and provide financial support for research expenses.

Professor Anna Vignoles, Director of the Leverhulme Trust, said:

‘The Trust is delighted to be offering grants to support academics at risk to undertake their work whilst here in the UK, recognising the importance of such funds to facilitate a range of research activities.’

The aim of this new scheme is to provide starter grants for academics who have already been admitted to the UK after being assessed as being at risk in their home country. It is designed to complement the existing Researchers at Risk Fellowship programme, offered by the British Academy and Cara with support from the other UK national academies.

The funding will be made available to academics currently supported through the British Academy’s existing Researchers at Risk Fellowship programme and those supported by Cara. Academics will receive up to £10,000 for projects to take place over the period of their existing fellowship award with either of the organisations, and the initiative will run for five years. The grants are for those working across the disciplines, excluding medical and health sciences, regardless of country of origin.

Full details of the scheme and how to apply are available on the British Academy website: thebritishacademy.ac.uk/news/

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