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Arts Humanities and Social Sciences Research


Dr Anna Cieslik (

School Research Facilitator (UK)

I received my PhD in Human Geography from Clark University. After several years as a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute in Göttingen and as an assistant professor at New Jersey City University, I started working in research support. I am a Research Facilitator for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. I am involved in analyzing funding trends and in horizon scanning for funding opportunities. I provide advice and feedback on grant applications.  I enjoy teaching in a variety of settings, running workshops and training sessions, and helping researchers develop their projects. My academic background is in migration and urban studies. 


Dr Elizabeth Penner (

School Research Facilitator (International)         


As Research Facilitator, I support researchers applying for funding through European and International organisations.  My role involves running training sessions, discussing funding opportunities with individuals and groups, providing feedback on grant applications, coordinating peer-review and mock interview panels, and keeping up-to-date on the wider research funding landscape.  

The most rewarding aspect of my job is working closely with individuals and teams on the development of their grant proposals.  Whatever career stage of the researcher or scale of the project, it is a privilege to support such a wealth of knowledge and expertise.  Over the past five years, I have supported applications made to various funding organisations such as the European Union (including Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe), UK Research Councils, academies, charity funders (i.e. Wellcome, Leverhulme Trust), and governmental departments (i.e. DFID, DfE, and local government), as well as those in the private sector (SMEs, Pharmaceuticals, Industry).  

My background is in Art History and English Literature and I received my PhD from De Montfort University in 2016 for my research on gender and national identity in the Boy's Own Paper.  Before that, I studied 20th Century Literature and Art History at the University of Sussex.  


Dr Andrea Salter (

AHSS REF Assessment and Strategy Manager

I gained my PhD in Sociology from the University of Edinburgh in 2008, subsequently working on large ESRC and ERC projects as both a researcher and project manager. Having designed and managed an administrative team supporting REF 2021 submissions across the arts, humanities and social sciences at Cambridge, and following an extensive period of secondment working on REF assessment for Research England (2018-2022), I currently support post-REF strategy across the School of Arts and Humanities and the School of the Humanities and Social Science, while also providing advice around funding, research environment and bid opportunities as School Research Facilitator. I have spent over a decade as a research support professional, managing projects from concept to completion, and combined this with postdoctoral research, publishing around archival, cultural and social research, in particular around women's social histories, methodologies and the use of documents of life in sociological analysis.



Dr Allison Ksiazkiewicz (

Research Support Administrator for AHSS

Before arriving in the UK for graduate and post-graduate degrees in History and Philosophy of Science, I studied History of Art and Fine Arts (studio) in Canada. After postdoctoral work at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and the Paul Mellon Centre in London, I began working in grants support administration and continue to remain active in Cambridge’s local arts community.


As Research Support Administrator for AHSS I assist the Schools Research Facilitators in strategic initiatives that enhances support for funding opportunities. I also provide feedback on funding applications, collate the AHSS Funding Bulletin, generate reports for analysing funding and look for ways to provide better assistance to researchers in their funding bids.


This site is maintained by the School Research Facilitators and the HSS Research Administration Team. It aims to provide information and resources for researchers and research grant administrators across Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

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