ACU Commonwealth Peace & Reconciliation Challenge Grants

Commonwealth Peace & Reconciliation Challenge Grants

Theme: Global challenges

Applications open: Monday 13 February 2023
Applications close:
Monday 10 April 2023

Commonwealth Peace and Reconciliation Challenge Grants are aimed at academic and professional staff at ACU member universities, and the grants can be used to support initiatives advancing peace, reconciliation, and indigenous knowledge. 

Grants of up to GBP 2, 500 each are available to support collaborative work focused on either of the two main strategic priorities of the Commonwealth Peace and Reconciliation Network:

  • Historical memory and trauma
  • Institutional reform and indigenous knowledge

From designing new learning modules to improve the understanding of settler-Indigenous relations in Canada, to promoting a decolonised approach to studying abroad - last year’s Peace and Reconciliation Challenge Grants funded a range of initiatives led by our member universities. Applications could include ideas for: 

  • Virtual exchange or collaboration, teaching / professional practice collaboration, sharing and co-development of learning materials, tools, training and approaches to support contingency and continuity of operations planning at Higher Education Institutions.
  • Virtual fellowships or collaboration, comparative analyses, research management and uptake capacity building, understanding and documenting indigenous knowledge and practices.

What does the grant include?

Four grants of up to GBP 2,500 each, will be available for ACU members to meet the costs of organising projects that promote the aims and priorities of the Commonwealth Peace and Reconciliation Network.

This funding is only available for ACU members and we encourage applicants to collaborate with other ACU member institutions to promote further Commonwealth partnerships. We will also accept applications that are led by ACU members but are in partnership with institutions outside of our network.

Grant applications that allow matching or additional funds from the applicant’s institution will be looked upon favourably.

Grantees are required to submit a short interim report halfway through their project and a comprehensive final report within one month after completing their project. Additionally, any outputs (e.g. toolkits, papers etc.) developed through the grants are to be made available to the Commonwealth Peace and Reconciliation Network and wider ACU network.

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