AHRC/UKRI Heritage Workshop: Develop & Write Successful Grant Applications

26 June — 26 June 2019
09:45 — 16:15


The UKRI and the AHRC Heritage Priority Area team will be running a workshop to support grant applications for Early Career Researchers in heritage and related fields (including archaeology, museum studies, conservation and public history).

As well as offering general advice on writing and developing successful grant and fellowship applications, the workshop aims to encourage heritage scholars to apply to the UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowships, which has been created to support Early Career Researchers and innovators who have outstanding potential. The Fellowships offer long-term and flexible support for projects between four and seven years, with up to £1.2m available per applicant.

AHRC Heritage Priority Area Leadership Fellow Professor Rodney Harrison is leading this workshop to support the heritage research community, and provide practical advice to help understand this opportunity and begin thinking about potential research applications.

The workshop will place the UKRI Future Leaders programme in the context of the wider funding landscape, and explore how you might approach different grant and fellowship schemes. On the day there will be opportunities to meet with AHRC and UKRI representatives to ask questions, as well as network with other heritage researchers.

The agenda will include a briefing from the AHRC Heritage Leadership Fellow, a hands-on workshop to focus on preparing aspects of your application, a Q&A session, and a working lunch.

Who should attend?

The workshop is open to researchers in the early stages of developing an application, as well as those who already have a firm idea of their proposals but may benefit from feedback.

The UKRI Future Leader Fellowships are for early career academics and innovators who are transitioning to and/or establishing their independence. Senior academics and innovators are not permitted to apply. Eligibility rules do not restrict application based on the number of years since PhD completion nor whether the applicant currently holds a permanent or open-ended academic position.

What will you get out of it?

  • Get inspired and learn how to create a grant application with impact.
  • Opportunity to discuss the funding and application process with the AHRC and UKRI teams.
  • Meet and network with potential research partners.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided. If you have any specific dietary requirements, please email Susan Sandford-Smith (susan.smith@ucl.ac.uk).


How to Apply to Participate in the Workshop

We have a limited number of spaces for the workshop. To facilitate a spread of participants from across HEIs, IROs and the heritage sector, we are asking those who are interested in participating to send us a short summary of their research proposal and what they hope to get out of the workshop (max 100 words), which will be reviewed by the organisers prior to confirmation.

Please send this information to Susie Sandford-Smith by 5pm on Friday 17th May. Email: susan.smith@ucl.ac.uk, with subject line: AHRC/UKRI Heritage Workshop

You will hear back from us by Tuesday 21st May.



AHRC Heritage Priority Area Team

Professor Rodney Harrison, UCL Institute of Archaeology, AHRC Heritage Priority Area Leadership Fellow

Dr Colin Sterling, UCL Institute of Archaeology, Post-Doctoral Research Associate and AHRC Leadership Fellow

Dr Hana Morel, UCL Institute of Archaeology, Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Susan Sandford Smith, UCL Institute of Archaeology, Executive Assistant


Dr Joanna Dunster, Strategy and Development Manager, AHRC

Guest Speakers

Dr Esther Breithoff, Birkbeck, University of London, Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, UKRI Future Leader Fellow / Lecturer in Contemporary Archaeology and Heritage


If you have a disability or any additional needs and require assistance, please inform Susan Sandford-Smith (susan.smith@ucl.ac.uk) as soon as possible to discuss your requirements.

Please note if you are unable to attend, the talks will be recorded and made available online after the workshop.

Institute of Advanced Studies, South Wing Wilkins Building, London WC1E 6BT