Funding Opportunity: International Decade for People of African Descent



The AHRC has launched a highlight notice in its Research Networking Scheme. It will address research issues of relevance to, or raised by, the International Decade for People of African Descent with the potential to broadly contribute to the aims of the UN Decade. The highlight notice is open to applications until 30 June 2016.

Highlight notices are intended to stimulate proposals addressing strategic priorities or emerging research opportunities in order to rapidly advance thinking or collaboration in these areas. Highlight notices are offered as opportunities within existing AHRC research schemes and are therefore assessed under the same criteria and assessment process. Find out more about our current Highlight Notices.

The aim of this highlight notice is to encourage research networking proposals which are relevant to the UN International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024). The United Nations (UN) cite the need to strengthen national, regional and international cooperation in relation to the full enjoyment of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights by people of African descent, and their full and equal participation in all aspects of society.

The theme for the International Decade is “People of African descent: recognition, justice and development” and the highlight notice is open to a wide range of networking proposals relevant to any of the key objectives of the UN decade:

  • promote respect, protection and fulfilment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by people of African Descent
  • promote a greater knowledge of and respect for the diverse heritage, culture and contribution of people of African descent to the development of societies
  • adopt and strengthen national, regional and international legal frameworks to eliminate all forms of racism and racial discrimination.

In order to be considered under the highlight notice applications will need to:

  • have a core arts and humanities research focus on issues of specific relevance to people of African descent and/or the UN International Decade for People of African Descent
  • include engagement with, or the participation of, researchers and/or communities of African descent and/or with relevant community, cultural, heritage, creative or professional organisations or relevant providers of community services.

Further details on the context for the highlight notice and information on how to apply under the highlight can be found in theHighlight Notice document (PDF, 34KB).

Applications which do not fit under this highlight notice can continue to be submitted to the Research Networking scheme as usual.

Closing Dates

Closing Date: 30/06/2016

This highlight notice in the networking scheme is open to applications until midnight on 30 June 2016.

How to make an application

Applications under the highlight notice should use the standard application form for the AHRC Research Networking scheme and be submitted through the cross-council Joint Electronic Submission – (JE-S) System. If you need any assistance to use the system, please contact the JE-S helpdesk by telephoning 01793 444164 or on

Applications under the highlight notice are expected to meet the normal requirements for applications to AHRC’s research networking scheme. However, additional information on fit to the highlight notice should be included in applications as outlined in the Highlight Notice document.

Further Information

The Highlight Notice document (PDF, 34KB) includes suggestions of possible arts and humanities research agendas which might fall within the scope of this highlight notice.

AHRC Funding Guide (PDF, 757KB) provides an overview of the Research Networking Scheme. It details the eligibility criteria, assessment criteria, information on how to apply, possible start dates and terms and conditions of awards. You must ensure that you meet all of the eligibility criteria before submitting an application.

Further details on the UN International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024) can be found at African Descent Decade.