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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
Postdoctoral Fellowships 16-10-2019 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
Knowledge Frontiers: International Interdisciplinary Research 23-10-2019 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 programme supports projects which engage with questions concerning the relationship between expertise, public understanding and policy delivery, and highlight the importance of collaboration between communities of practice, disciplines, capacities and borders. Awards are of 24 months in duration, funding for the projects will begin on 1 April 2020.
Writing Workshops 06-11-2019 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 2020.
BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants 06-11-2019 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
APEX Awards 26-11-2019 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, and generously supported by the Leverhulme Trust, 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
BA/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowships 27-11-2019 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
Youth Futures 04-12-2019 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. This programme aims to examine the contributions of young people to the UN’s 2030 Agenda, bringing a youth lens to the global sustainable development challenges. Awards are of 21 months in duration, funding for the projects will begin on 20 March 2020.
Education and Learning in Crises 04-12-2019 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. This programme aims to examine the contributions of young people to the UN’s 2030 Agenda, bringing a youth lens to the global sustainable development challenges. Awards are of 21 months in duration, funding for the projects will begin on 20 March 2020.
Global Professorships 2020 19-02-2020 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 recognised scholars and researchers with exceptional promise 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 UK host institution is expected to contribute up to £37,500 per annum (or 20% of the Academy’s annual contribution) towards the costs of the Professorship, excluding indirect and estate costs. Awards are expected to run for four years each, and must start no earlier than 1 August 2020 and no later than 1 February 2021
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.
BA Rising Star Engagement Awards Not currently open for applications 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
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
JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships Not currently open for applications 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.
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
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.
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.
The British Academy / Wolfson Fellowships Not currently open for applications Applicants must be resident in the United Kingdom, within 5 years of the award of their doctorate, and have a permanent post at a UK university or other research institution (including museums and galleries). These awards provide early-career academics with the most valuable commodity – time – by releasing them from some of their administration and teaching duties to pursue their research, along with funding for public engagement and travel. The grant maximum is £130,000 across three years. Awards can be used flexibly: at least £90,000 for time buy out, and up to £40,000 for research and travel expenses and dissemination of findings. The award duration is three years.
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
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 policy-relevant outputs. Proposals which relate to the themes of 'European Identities and Borders' are particularly welcome. Awards are of 18 months in duration, funding for the projects will begin on 9 September 2019.
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
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
Urban Infrastructures of Well-Being Not currently open for applications The Principal Investigator and any Co-Applicants must be of postdoctoral or above status, or have equivalent research experience, and hold an established role that will last at least the duration of the grant funded by the British Academy. This programme funds interdisciplinary research focused on generating and maintaining well-being in the context of rapid urbanisation. Awards of up to £300,000 are available (and will be offered on a 100% full economic cost basis). Projects must be 21 months in duration and are expected to begin on 9 September 2019.
Early Childhood Education Not currently open for applications The Principal Investigator and any Co-Applicants must be of postdoctoral or above status, or have equivalent research experience, and hold an established role that will last at least the duration of the grant funded by the British Academy. This programme supports research geared towards informing policy-making in the education and broader learning domain. Awards of up to £300,000 are available (and will be offered on a 100% full economic cost basis). Projects must be 21 months in duration and are expected to begin on 9 September 2019.
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 1 August 2019 and 31 October 2019, and the funding will last for one year.
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
Heritage, Dignity and Violence Not currently open for applications The Principal Investigator and any Co-Applicants must be of postdoctoral or above status, or have equivalent research experience, and hold an established role that will last at least the duration of the grant funded by the British Academy. This programme funds research on sustainable peace and the prevention of violence broadly understood. Awards of up to £300,000 are available (and will be offered on a 100% full economic cost basis). Projects must be 21 months in duration and are expected to begin on 9 September 2019.
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.
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.
Newton Fund: Reciprocal Schemes for UK Researchers Not currently open for applications Varies depending on scheme and country. Research funding opportunities for collaborations for UK researchers. Varies depending on scheme and country.

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