DARWIN NOW- Grants (see

[ http://www.britishcouncil.org/science-darwin-now-awards.htm ]http://www.britishcouncil.org/science-darwin-now-awards.htm ) Are you a researcher, artist or writer, interested in the natural world and have a small-scale project you want to develop outside the UK?

The Darwin Now awards offer small grants to allow individuals working in the sciences, humanities, arts and media, the opportunity to pursue a stand-alone piece of fieldwork/research outside the UK.

Even 150 years since the publication of On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin and evolutionary theory continues to inspire debate about science, religion and society.

In recognition of the strong contribution made by individuals working in new environments and sharing their ideas with new audiences the British Council, are offering UK based researchers, artists and writers the opportunity to spend time doing fieldwork in another country.

The awards are to support an individual’s research project relating to Darwin, his legacy, evolutionary theory, or biodiversity. It must be a stand-alone piece of fieldwork/research which results in a clear outcome, for example: a published paper, a book, or an exhibition.

Up to £5000 is available for each award as a contribution towards travel and subsistence and any consumable equipment costs.

The awards are available to individuals at any stage in their professional career. Applicants can be from any area of research or the arts. The proposed fieldwork does not have to be part the individual’s wider work and should be a project that they are unlikely to receive funding for from other sources.

It should be an innovative and novel proposal with ambitious but achievable outcomes, which could take into account possible wider cultural implications. The project could be an idea that the applicant has wanted to pursue but has not had the opportunity, possibly building on previous work. Go to [ http://www.britishcouncil.org/darwin-now-awards-eligibility2.pdf ]http://www.britishcouncil.org/darwin-now-awards-eligibility2.pdf to find out about the eligibility guidelines An application form will shortly be available to download from [ http://www.britishcouncil.org/science-darwin-now-awards.htm ]http://www.britishcouncil.org/science-darwin-now-awards.htm The deadline for applications is 5 December 2008

For more information on the Darwin Now awards please contact: [ mailto:[email protected] ][email protected]