Research Councils internal bias to particular subjects.



I'm funded by the AHRC which offers a number of scholarships for people to do part of their research elsewhere (Library of Congress scholarships and the like). These seem to be biased towards people doing book-based PhDs.

Other funding councils offer scholarships and extensions for students to get involved in a variety of career-enhancing activities. E.g. Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology fellowships. Despite the fact that part of my funding councils remit (Heritage mainly) falls under POST's remit they won't offer anything similar (or even give me an unpaid extension to do something like this!!)....

I find this rather proposterous given funding councils don't operate within a market (i.e. you can't choose the one that offers 'extras' like this....).

Any thoughts?