AHRC ECR Fellowships at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

We’re contacting you about a new initiative at Kew to fund ECR fellowships, funded by AHRC. We’re participating in an AHRC call for ECR postdoctoral fellowships in cultural and heritage institutions. Further details about the scheme here: https://www.ukri.org/opportunity/early-career-fellowships-in-cultural-and-heritage-institutions/ . 

We are now looking for potential candidates and project ideas in the arts and humanities and welcome enquiries in particular (but not limited to) the topics of:  

•             Diversifying histories and narratives, uncovering underexplored collections and opening up opportunities for more inclusive engagement with heritage. 

•             Advancing how we conserve and curate our cultural infrastructure to serve the needs of future generations, including innovative applications of digital technologies, data, design thinking or creative methods. 

•             Improved understanding of the cultural heritage of plants and fungi, whether wild, garden or agricultural, to act as a resource for healthy, sustainable and prosperous places and communities. For example, climate change and food security are two current foci of research at Kew. 

•             The impact of nature on human well-being, explored through subjects within the AHRC remit. 

We’d be grateful if you could circulate these details to possible candidates (or consider applying yourself, if relevant). This call is open to both UK and international candidates. 

There are three stages in the application: 

–              Informal discussion with Kew to explore initial ideas. To set this up, please send a cv and short project summary (a few lines) to us at Kew and we’ll set up an online meeting. We expect to complete these initial conversations by early December so as to allow time for support in completing the EOI form (see below). Contact details: c.cornish@kew.org and m.nesbitt@kew.org

–              Candidates make a formal Expression of Interest (EOI), with Kew as host, to the central scheme office, due 16 January 2023. 

–              1 or 2 candidates then selected to make final application, due 30 March 2023. 

–              Successful candidates begin fellowships Nov-Dec 2023 

Further information, including a series of Town Hall and matchmaking events, is available at the UKRI website. Kew will be present in-person or online at the Edinburgh (24 Nov) and London (6 Dec) town halls, and at the online matchmaking events on 21 Nov and 2 Dec. However, we strongly encourage candidates to contact us before then. 

With kind regards 

Caroline Cornish and Mark Nesbitt 

Dr. Caroline Cornish 

Humanities Research Coordinator 

Interdisciplinary Research 

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 

Richmond, TW9 3AE  

020 8332 5704 



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