THE BRITISH ACADEMY – Participant Call: Virtual Sandpits 2021

The British Academy is inviting applications from researchers in the humanities and social sciences wishing to participate in international virtual sandpits in February 2021. The virtual sandpits will be framed around the themes of ‘Just Transitions’, ‘Global (Dis)Order’, and ‘What is a good city?’. 

Through these virtual sandpits the Academy wishes to engender new thinking, develop interdisciplinary collaborations, and further international engagement with a particular international policy and practice focus.   

The virtual sandpits will be designed to be interactive and free-thinking experiences where a diverse range of participants and perspectives will be brought together. The idea is to develop an immersive and intensive opportunity to develop collaborative thinking and construct innovative approaches to the themes set out above.

There will be three virtual sandpits related to the above themes. Each sandpit will have three sessions of a maximum of two hours each. In order to stimulate collaboration and networking, small-scale research funding will be made available after the virtual sandpits, which participants can apply for competitively. The Academy expects there to be around £250,000 available in total across the three themes and the Academy intends to provide opportunities across all three themes. 

Eligibility requirements 
For the purpose of this virtual sandpit, participants must have a doctorate (or equivalent research experience). Participants are welcome from any eligible UK or international university or research institute.  Participants must have fluency in spoken and written English.   Participants must be able to participate fully in the virtual sandpits. This includes access to the internet and a functioning device that enables voice and video communication. Sandpits are intensive activities and participants will be required to be able to attend throughout.  Application process
Applications must be submitted online using the British Academy’s Grant Management System (GMS), Flexi-Grant®.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 16 December 2020 (17.00 UK time).

Contact details
Please contact for further information.

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