NEW Opportunities

We don’t have any live opportunities at the moment, but if you have an idea for a potential collaboration (or just want to know more about what we do), please do get in touch by emailing culturalenquiry@exeter.ac.uk

Previous Opportunities

  • 2021/22 International Institute for Cultural Enquiry (IICE) Development Fund Internal Call  

    The purpose of the IICE development fund is to help facilitate research that is challenge-led, large-scale, and geared towards addressing global, national or regional problems through attention to their cultural dimensions. It is intended to provide vital support for emerging University of Exeter research projects that address challenges in a disruptive and innovative manner and that have the potential to enable the development of regional, national, and international partnerships.

    We are able to distribute a total of £30,000 via the Development Fund and can support an individual proposal with a maximum value of £10,000. There is therefore scope for proposals of various scale and value.

    To find out more and apply, download and complete the 2021-22 IICE Development Fund Guidance with Application form. All applications must be submitted using the form provided. The deadline for Proposals was 09:00 on 6th September 2021.

We are thrilled to announce that the International Institute for Cultural Enquiry is holding a 5-day summer school on Decolonial Methodologies, in partnership with colleagues from the Exeter Decolonising Network.


Up to 15 places are available to doctoral researchers currently registered for an MPhil or PhD at the University of Exeter (Streatham, St Luke’s, Penryn or Truro Campuses); there is no restriction on the applicants’ home discipline, but the proposed PhD topic should be linked to “cultural enquiry”.   


Over 5 days, participants will explore how established and emerging methodologies employed in decolonial research practices can contribute to the participants’ own research programmes – at doctoral level and beyond.  The aim of the Summer School is to introduce doctoral researchers to the possibilities found in decolonial studies, and is particularly aimed at researchers who have an interest in decolonial methodologies but have not yet worked through their explicit significance for their current and future research. Doctoral researchers at any stage of their research can apply. 

The Summer School will comprise a variety of activities including key readings seminars, lectures and discussion groups, collaborative “learning through practice” sessions, research co-production and writing workshops, participant presentations, engagement with external partner organisations and reflective learning… Find out more and apply.

*If you believe you are eligible, download and complete the application form,  which should be returned to  by 09:00, 24th May 2021.

The Nuffield Foundation

The Nuffield Foundation have recently announced two exciting research funding opportunities, in collaboration with the British Academy and POST respectively.  Each of these opportunities provide a chance to work at the intersection of research, policy and community on cutting-edge, interdisciplinary projects.

The British Academy and the Nuffield Foundation invite applications from early and midcareer researchers, policymakers and practitioners to participate in an Understanding Communities research and policy innovation workshop and develop innovative and interdisciplinary research proposals.

“…that advance our organisations’ shared interest in enhancing people’s lives in the context of their communities. At least £500,000 in funding is available to deliver the research proposals that result from the workshop and more funding may subsequently be made available to develop the programme of work if proposals and projects demonstrate sufficient promise.

The British Academy’s Cohesive Societies programme aims to shed light, and develop suggestions for policy change, on how societies can remain cohesive in the face of rapid political, social, economic and technological change, drawing on a range of salient themes and policy areas for both government and civil society. The Nuffield Foundation, whose aim is to advance social well-being with research that informs social policy, has identified limitations in the collective understanding of the role of community in social and individual wellbeing in the UK, and its effect on the ability of interventions to address disadvantage, as a major social policy challenge of the 2020s…” Find out more and apply *

*Closing date: 17:00, Friday 4 June 2021

Who should apply: Early and mid-career researchers, policymakers and practitioners who are already working on the theme of communities, or whose expertise could directly contribute fresh perspectives.


The Nuffield Foundation POST Fellowship is open to any PhD students in a scientific or quantitative social science field who are undertaking or have recently finished their PhD studies.

“POST and the Nuffield Foundation are offering a 13-week fellowship to PhD students who are undertaking or have recently completed their PhD study (“recently completed” applies to people whose University registration ended at any point in 2021). There is one funded fellowship available.

Successful applicants will be based in UK Parliament, supporting its use of research evidence. Most fellows assist POST in providing briefing material for parliamentarians on emerging science topics….” Find out more and apply *

*Eligible applicants should complete the online application form and email to
postfellowships@parliament.uk, before the deadline at 23:59 on Sunday  18 July.

At IICE, we are always looking for ways to connect with future research collaborators, cultural practitioners, interested parties or potential external partners. If you are interested in what we do, don’t hesitate to get in touch- we would love to hear from you. In the meantime, have a browse of our projects and events.