Social media scholarships

Social Media Knowledge Exchange Scholarship Scheme

Call for Proposals: Deadline 25 June 2012

The SMKE Scholarship scheme will provide funding of up to £1,000 for ten knowledge exchange projects to run in academic year 2012-13. SMKE Scholars must be postgraduate students or early career researchers in the Arts and Humanities in any of the five participating institutions.

What is SMKE?

Communication through social media is becoming part of the fabric of everyday life for millions of people. A wide variety of public and private institutions use social media to share their goals and policies with the public, attract people to participate in activities they organise, and engage in dialogue with the users of their services. The AHRC Social Media Knowledge Exchange (SMKE) is a collaborative project that aims to give early career researchers in the Arts and Humanities opportunities for knowledge exchange with social media practitioners in academia, museums, archives and libraries, and the voluntary sector. We understand 'social media' to mean online communication channels which allow the users of the service to create and exchange content with each other as well as with the channel owner.

Through a scholarship scheme, workshops and a conference, the Social Media Knowledge Exchange will help postgraduate students and early career researchers to develop skills to build their networks, reputation and esteem as researchers at a point when this is critically important to their careers, and provide them with structured opportunities to learn about social media practice outside their own discipline and institution, and in a wide variety of sectors beyond academia.

Who are we? 

The project is led by the University of Cambridge Digital Humanities Network (CDHN) and the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), in partnership with the Centre of Governance and Human Rights (CGHR). Partner institutions and contact details are as follows: 

For more details on the application and themes which each institution is developing, please see

For any queries relating specifically to the online application procedure please email

Published on: 
7 Jun 2012