LSIS-IfL Research Development Fellowship Scheme-call for applications

Up to 30 places available with fixed funding of £6,500 per fellowship.

Committed to encouraging and supporting a culture of using and conducting research, and practitioner-led enquiry, in order to drive improvement in the sector, LSIS is funding another year of LSIS-IfL Research Development Fellowships (RDFs) during 2010-11, again working with IfL and with SUNCETT (University of Sunderland Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training) to deliver the programme.

LSIS Research Development Fellowships are open to practitioners working in England whose primary function is as a provider of further education and training. Eligible providers will be organisations funded by the Young People’s Learning Agency (YPLA) or Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and subject to inspection by Ofsted. The only eligible Higher Education Institutions are those with learning and skills provision funded by the SFA and subject to inspection by Ofsted. Schools and school sixth forms are not currently eligible to bid for this funding.

 Applications may be from individual practitioners or from co-applicants who are a pair of practitioners who wish to work together on the same project. Co-applicants may be from the same institution or from two different institutions. LSIS would particularly welcome paired applications that involve a manager and a practitioner working together to bring about institutional change.

Deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday, 28 May 2010.

Full details and application form from:

The programme ran for the first time in 2009-10 and supported 21 Fellows from across the sector to design, conduct and disseminate their own enquiry-based project. A number of the Fellows have since gone on to have papers accepted at the 2010 European Educational Research Association (EERA) and British Educational Research Association (BERA) conferences. Download details of the 21 successful Fellows in 2009-2010 and their respective projects.

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