Association of Commonwealth Universities, HR in HE Community Challenge Grants 2021

The Association of Commonwealth Universities calls for grants applications from Human Resource Practitioner (HR) in HE Community from universities affiliated to the commonwealth to support their universities to achieve their missions in this ever-changing world of work.

Life has been affected around the world as a result of COVID-19, and the higher education industry is no exception. HR experts have continued to play a critical role in assisting university leaders, employees, and students in navigating the issues posed by COVID-19 as well as future working and learning methods.

The HR in HE Community Challenge Grants under the theme; ‘Strengthening’ Universities are awarded to staff at member universities working in the area of human resources to promote the sharing of best practices and collaboration. The grants can be used for a diverse range of projects, workshops, and events, including virtual collaboration, such as:

  • Delivering relevant training and development for HR practitioners
  • Creating approaches/policies on HR issues, e.g. workforce planning, inclusion, mental health, international recruitment, etc
  • Creating HR processes
  • Delivering webinars on pressing issues for HR practitioners
  • Research projects
  • Benchmarking of good HR practice across the Commonwealth


A total of GBP 8,000 is available.

  • 3-4 grants of up to GBP 2,000 allocated to 3-4 institutions each undertaking a specific project.
  • a grant of up to GBP 8,000 allocated to an institution to undertake a specific project.


Grants are available for HR practitioners at ACU member universities to help meet the costs of organizing projects that promote the essential work of HR and the aims of the HR in HE Community.

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Selection criteria

Applications will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Impact and outputs
  • Alignment to the HR in HE Community’s priorities and aims
  • Project goals and feasibility
  • Experience and skills of the project lead and institutional support
  • How the project will support the institution via the people agenda to respond to challenges and opportunities relating to a pandemic

Application Process

A complete application must include the following:

  • an outline of the project and an action plan, including details of what the project involves and how it will address the HR in HE Community’s aims.
  • a letter of support from the Executive Head or equivalent of applicant institution to verify their support of the proposed project.

To apply for the HR in HE Community Challenge Grants 2021, click here

Deadline: August 8, 2021.

For more information, visit the official site.

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