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Funding opportunities

Select a scheme name in the table below for more information on our current funding opportunities. Or click here for general information about the variety of grants and fellowships the Academy offers to support academic research, career development and wider engagement across the humanities and social sciences.

Find out more about our funding, including Past Awards and the new online Grants Management System: Flexi-Grant

Title Closing date Eligibility Purpose Period
JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships 12-12-2018 Applicants must be ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands and hold a doctorate degree, which must have been received within six years prior to the award. The aim of the programme is to help researchers advance their own research while contributing to the progress of research both in Japan and abroad. Awards are for a period of between 12 months to 24 months.
BA Rising Star Engagement Awards 12-12-2018 Applicants must be within 10 years of the award of their PhD and be in an established academic post To enable engagement in career development through interdisciplinary projects. The focus of the awards is not on the scholarly research undertaken by the recipients, but is intended to support wider engagement activities and events involving a variety of different partners. Awards are tenable for 12 months
APEX Awards 18-12-2018 Applicants must be of Postdoctoral standing and based at a UK University or not-for-profit research institution for at least the duration of the project In partnership with the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society the APEX awards are a funding opportunity designed to promote collaboration across academic disciplines through the support of world-leading interdisciplinary research projects. Awards tenable for up to 24 months
Writing Workshops 16-01-2019 Lead applicant must be based at a UK university or eligible research institute, and be of postdoctoral or above status (or have equivalent research experience). The lead applicant must either be in a permanent position at the institution or have a fixed-term position for the duration of the award. These Writing Workshops aim to cultivate professional networks and mentorship and provide access for early career researchers in the Global South to the academic requirements of journals, including international journals, equipping them with the necessary knowledge to publish in these journals. It is expected that journal editors and UK-based scholars will work intensively to support workshop participants from the Global South to produce papers in preparation for publication. Workshops must take place before 15th December 2019.
Global Professorships 2019 06-03-2019 Internationally-recognised mid-career to senior researchers who are currently employed outside the United Kingdom, in any field of the humanities or the social sciences. Applicants must be available to take up an unpaid leave of absence, a long-term secondment or employment at an eligible UK institution. To enable world-class scholars to further their individual research goals while strengthening the UK research base and advancing the research goals and strategies of their UK host institutions. The awards will run for four years each, of which the British Academy will provide funding of up to £187,500 per annum, and up to £750,000 over four years. The host UK institution will be expected to contribute £37,500 per annum (20% of the Academy’s annual contribution) to help support the applicant’s salary in each of the four years. Awards are expected to run for four years each.
Newton Fund: Reciprocal Schemes for UK Researchers 31-03-2019 Varies depending on scheme and country. Research funding opportunities for collaborations for UK researchers. Varies depending on scheme and country.
Wolfson Research Professorships Not currently open for applications Applicants must be of Postdoctoral standing (or equivalent) and be in an established academic post To provide extended research leave to a small number of the UK’s most outstanding established scholars to enable them to concentrate on a significant research programme. Awards are tenable for 3 years
Newton International Fellowships Not currently open for applications Applicants must have a PhD, have no more than 7 years of active full time postdoctoral experience, be working outside the UK, and not hold UK citizenship. The Newton International Fellowships aim to attract the most promising early career postdoctoral researchers from overseas in the fields of natural sciences, physical sciences, medical sciences, social sciences and the humanities. The Newton International Fellowships enable researchers to work for two years at a UK institution with the aim of fostering long-term international collaborations. Awards are tenable for two years.
BA/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowships Not currently open for applications Applicants must be of Postdoctoral Standing (or equivalent) and be in an established academic post in a UK institution. To enable the completion of a major research project - usually a career defining work. These awards are designed for individuals who need relief from a long burden of teaching and administration in order to bring an existing research project to fruition. Awards are tenable for 12 months
Newton Advanced Fellowships Not currently open for applications Available for researchers based in China, Mexico, South Africa, and Turkey. Researchers must be postdoctoral or above, or with equivalent research experience. Researchers must apply with a UK co-applicant. Newton Advanced Fellowships provide early to mid-career international researchers who already have a track record with an opportunity to develop their research strengths and capabilities, and those of their group or network, through training, collaboration and visits with a partner in the UK. Award last for 24 months. Please see scheme notes for further information.
Mid-Career Fellowships Not currently open for applications Applicants must be within 15 years of their PhD and be in an established academic post To provide an individual researcher with relief from teaching and administration to undertake a research project, and in particular to promote public understanding and engagement with the humanities and social sciences Awards are tenable for between 6-12 months
Newton Mobility Grants Not currently open for applications Available for researchers based in China, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand and Turkey. Researchers must be postdoctoral or above, or with equivalent research experience. Researchers must apply with a UK co-applicant. Newton Mobility Grants provide support for international researchers based in a country covered by the Newton Fund to establish and develop collaboration with UK researchers around a specific jointly defined research project. These one-year awards are particularly suited to initiate new collaborative partnerships, between scholars who have not previously worked together, or new initiatives between scholars who have collaborated in the past. Awards are tenable for one year.
Academy Research Projects Not currently open for applications Applicants must be of Postdoctoral Standing (or equivalent) and be in an established academic post These awards are intended to offer the kitemarking of academic excellence to major long term infrastructural projects or research facilities Open ended
Special Funds Not currently open for applications Applicants must be of Postdoctoral standing (or equivalent) The Academy has a number of private funds, from which grants are made for particular and restricted purposes. In the majority of cases funds will be administered through the BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant scheme Awards are tenable for between 1 - 24 Months
Postdoctoral Fellowships Not currently open for applications Early Career researchers within 3 years of their PhD Fellowship to enable outstanding early career researchers to complete a major research project at a UK Host Institution and increase their chances of building a successful academic career in the Humanities or Social Sciences Awards are tenable for 3 years
BA/Jisc Grants for Digital Research in the Humanities Not currently open for applications Applicants must be established researchers of Postdoctoral standing (or equivalent). A Grant of up to £10,000 to cover the cost of Research Expenses only. Awards are tenable for up to 12 months.
Stein-Arnold Exploration Fund Not currently open for applications Applicants must be either British or Hungarian citizens and must also be of Postdoctoral Standing (or equivalent). For the encouragement of research on the antiquities or historical geography or early history or arts of those parts of Asia which come within the sphere of the ancient civilisations of India, China, and Iran, including Central Asia. Awards are tenable for between 1 - 24 Months
Neil Ker Memorial Fund Not currently open for applications Applicants must be of Postdoctoral Standing (or equivalent). Awards are offered to support any aspect of research, into the promotion of the study of Western medieval manuscripts, in particular those of British interest; that is enabling investigation of their production (including decoration), readership and use in particular. The fund is not intended to support research visits to read manuscripts for their textual/historical or literary purposes. Awards are tenable for between 1 - 24 Months
GCRF: Cities & Infrastructure Programme Not currently open for applications Applicants must have a PhD and at least three years of postdoctoral research experience (or equivalent experience). The purpose of each project is to produce excellent interdisciplinary research (from across the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, engineering, and medical sciences) to tackle the challenges of urbanisation and infrastructure development in an integrated way. Grant Awards are up to £300,000. Award length is 16 months in total, starting between 1 September and 29 September 2017.
GCRF and DfID: Early Childhood Development Not currently open for applications Applicants must have a PhD and at least three years of postdoctoral research experience (or equivalent experience). The purpose of this interdisciplinary research programme is to fund the evidence that will inform the policies and interventions that will transform the life chances and destinies of children in their early years in lower- and middle-income countries. This Scheme will allow UK and overseas researchers, working with their partners in the Global South where relevant, to undertake projects to deliver research excellence with development impact. Award length is 18 months, with awards commencing between 1st and 29th September 2017, and ending on 30th March 2019.
BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants Not currently open for applications Applicants must be of Postdoctoral standing (or equivalent) A Grant of up to £10,000 to cover the cost of Research Expenses only Awards are tenable for between 1 - 24 Months
BA-DfID Tackling Slavery, Human Trafficking and Child Labour in Modern Business Not currently open for applications Applicants must have a PhD and at least three years of postdoctoral research experience (or equivalent experience). This programme will fund excellent, policy-oriented research, aimed at addressing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and advancing the UK’s Aid Strategy, including a particular focus on Sustainable Development Goal 8.7 (about taking immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour). Awards are up to £200,000. Award length is 16 months, with awards commencing no later than 15 November 2017, and ending no later than 15 March 2019.
GCRF Networking Grants Not currently open for applications Applicants must have completed a PhD or have experience at an equivalent level, have proven research experience in their field and hold a permanent position at an eligible institution (in the UK or a DAC-listed country), or a fixed-term contract for the duration of the award. To allow researchers from developing countries and the UK to forge new links and hold networking events to generate innovative and interdisciplinary research ideas to address global challenges. Projects must start between 1st January 2019 and 31st March 2019, and the funding will last for 1 year.
Knowledge Frontiers: International Interdisciplinary Research Projects Not currently open for applications The lead applicant must be based at a UK university or research institute, and be of postdoctoral or above status (or have equivalent research experience). International co-applicants are strongly encouraged. The purpose of each project will be to develop new ideas and methods to bear on existing international challenges and to deliver policy-relevant outputs. Projects will need to demonstrate an innovative and interdisciplinary partnership internationally (between researchers in the social sciences or the humanities on the one hand and counterparts in the natural, engineering and/or medical sciences on the other), yielding new conceptual understanding and policy-relevant evidence on questions of international significance. Awards are of 18 months in duration, funding for the projects will begin on 31 January 2019.
Visiting Fellowships Not currently open for applications Researchers active within any discipline within the humanities or the social sciences at any career level. The aim of the programme is to enhance and build new links between scholars anywhere in the world and in the UK, foster opportunities and develop future partnerships for collaborative research in the humanities and the social sciences, enable academics from across the globe to undertake research and/or professional development with UK colleagues, and strengthen the UK’s research base in the humanities and the social sciences. Each Visiting Fellowship may last a maximum of six months
Anti-Corruption Evidence (ACE) Programme Not currently open for applications Available to researchers from anywhere in the world. Researchers must have a minimum of three years postdoctoral (or equivalent) research experience and must hold a position, which is either permanent or lasts at least the duration of the award, at an eligible research or higher education institution, recognised by the British Academy. To allow researchers to improve the evidence base on what works in reducing corruption in developing countries. Projects must begin on 1 March 2018 and last two years.
Sustainable Development Programme Not currently open for applications The lead applicant must be based at a UK university or research institute, and be of at least postdoctoral or equivalent status. International co-applicants, and in particular co-applicants from OECD DAC countries, are strongly encouraged. The purpose of each project will be to advance and deepen our understanding of the relevance and importance of the historical context of development, culture(s) and heritage(s) in particular to addressing sustainable development. Projects must demonstrate an innovative and interdisciplinary approach and relevance to one or more of the three sub-themes: Heritage, Dignity, Violence. Projects will be funded for up to 27 months beginning on 26 September 2018.
Global Challenges Research Fund Challenge-led Grants Not currently open for applications Your proposed research must address two or more GCRF thematic areas. The proposal must ultimately benefit the economic development and welfare of developing countries (i.e. be compliant with the ODA guidelines). Your proposal must fall within the remit of the UK academies and must be interdisciplinary. The consortia must consist of one UK research group and two research groups from developing countries. Before applying, please ensure that you meet all the eligibility requirements, which are explained in the scheme notes. Please note that applicants can only submit one application per round. This £8 million call invites proposals from researchers across all academic disciplines. These interdisciplinary consortia will generate new approaches to significant and complex resilience problems facing developing countries and will consist of one UK research group and two developing country research groups. The awards will provide up to £500,000 and 2.5 years of support to these research consortia.
The Humanities and Social Sciences Tackling the UK's International Challenges Not currently open for applications The lead applicant must be based at a UK university or research institute, and be of postdoctoral or above status (or have equivalent research experience). International co-applicants are strongly encouraged. The purpose of each project will be to bring original interdisciplinary research ideas from the humanities and social sciences to bear on our understanding of the international challenges and opportunities which the UK has faced, is facing and will face. The projects awarded will aim to deliver specific academic, public, cultural and/or policy-relevant outputs. Proposals which relate to the themes of Conflict, Stability & Security; Europe’s Futures; Justice, Rights & Equality; and Urban Futures are particularly welcome. Awards are of 18 months in duration, funding for the projects will begin on 31 January 2019.

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