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International Programmes

We invest in excellent research internationally, and bring the social sciences and humanities to bear on the challenges of our time.


Youth Futures

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.

Education and Learning in Crises

This programme funds research exploring the challenges of education and learning in contexts of conflict and protracted crises.

Knowledge Frontiers: International Interdisciplinary Research Projects

The projects supported under this programme engage with questions concerning the relationship between expertise, public understanding and policy delivery, and highlight the importance of collaborative engagement between communities of practice, disciplines, capacities and borders. Currently open for applications.

Global Professorships

This programme aims to demonstrate and further enhance the UK’s commitment to international research partnerships and collaboration as well as strengthen the UK’s research capacity and capability in the humanities and the social sciences. Currently open for applications.

Writing Workshops

This programme aims to further collaborative links between researchers in the UK and in the Global South, and promote the uptake of research emanating from the Global South in academic journals. Currently open for applications.

Early Childhood Education

This programme supports research geared towards informing policy-making in the education and broader learning domain.

Heritage, Dignity and Violence

This programme funds research on sustainable peace and the prevention of violence broadly understood.

Urban Infrastructures of Well-Being

This programme aims to support interdisciplinary research that explores how formal and informal infrastructures interact to affect the well-being of people in cities across the Global South.

Europe's Futures

A programme of activities promoting the UK’s engagement with European partners and illustrating the value of the social sciences and humanities for better understanding of the potential pathways for the Europe of tomorrow.

Cities & Infrastructure

This programme funds interdisciplinary research projects that address the challenge of creating and maintaining sustainable and resilient cities, with the aim of informing relevant policies and interventions in developing countries. The programme is run by the British Academy on behalf of all the National Academies, as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund.

Knowledge Frontiers

This programme of activities aims to enable different communities of research and practice to illustrate the validity and unique added value of international and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Conflict, Stability & Security

A programme of activities illustrating the importance of in-depth and broad understanding of the historical, political, linguistic, cultural and socio-economic context, as well as the relevance of perspectives from the philosophical to the demographic when examining and responding to conflict and insecurity overseas.

Tackling the UK's International Challenges

The projects funded under this programme aim to bring new research ideas and methods to bear on understanding the UK’s international challenges – past, current and future.

Early Childhood Development

This Programme will support research which in particular addresses early childhood education. Projects should aim to provide critical knowledge to inform policy-making in the education and broader learning domain, while recognising the necessary interplay of education with health, nutrition, gender equality and other disciplines and sectors.

JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme for Overseas Researchers

This scheme provides funding for early career postdoctoral researchers to conduct collaborative research in Japan, with leading research groups in Japanese universities and other institutions.

Justice, Rights & Equality

A programme of activities seeking to develop new understanding of the tensions at the interface between global norms and local attempts to realise justice, rights and equality.

Sustainable Development Programme

This programme funds researchers in the humanities and social sciences working on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and generating evidence on the challenges and opportunities faced in developing countries.

Urban Futures

A multi-disciplinary programme seeking to conduct an evaluation of urban pluralism as a key characteristic of urban futures: as a form of effective governance, as a basis for increased resilience, and as a precondition for improved experiences of the urban habitat.

Tackling Slavery, Human Trafficking and Child Labour in Modern Business

This programme supports policy-oriented research aimed at promoting 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.

Visiting Fellowships

This programme provides academics based in any country overseas (and active at any career stage) with the opportunity to be based at a UK higher education or other research institution of their choice for up to six months.

Current projects