LARCI announce pilot placement fellowship scheme

Logo of Local Authority Research Council InitiativeThe Local Authority Research Council Initiative (LARCI) has announced a pilot Placement Fellowship Scheme (PDF, 24kb) which aims to assist local authorities in meeting their key strategic challenges.

The purpose of this scheme is to encourage local authorities and academic researchers from any discipline to put forward projects with which they require access to expertise. Researchers and local authorities are then encouraged to work together, providing an opportunity to facilitate knowledge exchange within local government and across academic networks.

These fellowships will be jointly funded by LARCI and local authorities whilst fellows will remain employed by their institution or organisation. The placements are for 1 month and can be on a part time or full time basis and completed over any 6 month period.

Up to £10,000 is available for each placement. It is essential that applicants are employed by a local authority or at a university (or have a university willing to manage the award on their behalf), other similar research-based organisations or a recognised Independent Research Organisation.

LARCI also requires fellows to submit a short end of award report within one month of the end of the fellowship. This report should state the benefits of the fellowship to the fellow, the higher education institution and local government organisation. It should also include any short or longer term impacts that are anticipated.

During the placement fellows are also encouraged to hold seminars to pass on their knowledge, skills and methodologies to the partner organisation and to other stakeholders were appropriate. A summary report is also required from the fellow’s line manager, and a short article for the LARCI newsletter.

For further details on the Placement Fellowship Scheme please visit or contact Victoria Morrisroe on 01793 413 163.

Closing date for applications: Friday 2nd October 2009.

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