Funding Deadlines

Funding Deadlines

All funding applications must be submitted via the Department and approved in advance by the Research Support Team. If you would like to make a grant application please contact Anita Jassi. Please remember that we need at least four working weeks* to process applications. This timeframe is designed to enable us to help you put together a well-prepared, competitive application and properly costed budget, as well as meeting University requirements.

*Internal deadlines for application schemes vary depending on the sponsor and the scheme.

If members of the Department wish to be named on applications made through other departments or institutions they must discuss this with the Department first and get approval, even if you do not think there will be any costs involved (Please contact Anita Jassi).

PLEASE  NOTE: Some Department deadlines have been brought forward due to University closures and staff leave during holiday periods (for example, if you are interested in applying for any funding scheme with a January deadline you must contact the RST by the beginning of December at the latest).

Open-ended funding schemes with no application deadlines:


Contact the RST by

External Deadline

The British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship

This scheme provides funding to cover the costs of a 36 month fellowship at a host institution of your choosing. The purpose of this award is to enable the award holder to pursue an independent research project, towards the completion of a significant piece of publishable research.
- Applicants must be supported by the UK host institution in which they wish to hold the Fellowship.
- Applicants must be within three years of the award of a doctorate.
- Applicants must be either a UK/EEA national, or have completed a doctorate at a UK university. Applicants who do not fall into one of these categories must demonstrate a 'strong prior association' with the UK academic community. This is typically gained through having been employed in a temporary capacity at a UK university for at least 12 months.

Awards support the salary of the Postdoctoral Fellow to work full-time on the Fellowship, small-scale research expenses (up to a maximum of £6,000), costs towards the time of a mentor (equivalent to one hour per month for the 36 months of the Fellowship) and the host institution's estates and indirect costs.
More information can be found on the website.
Please consult Postdoctoral Fellowhips webpage before applying.

Please refer to Postdoctoral Fellowships webpage

Outline stage TBC

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships

The scheme is open to early career researchers, with a research record but who have not yet held a full-time permanent academic post, to undertake a significant piece of publishable work.

The Trust will contribute 50% of each Fellow's total salary costs up to a max of £25,000 per year and the balance is to be paid by the host institution. Each Fellow may request annual research expenses of up to £6,000 per year to further his or her research activities.

Fellowships are tenable for 3 years on a full-time basis. Fellowship must commence between 1 September 2019 and 1 May 2020.

More information about the Fellowship can be found here

Please consult Postdoctoral Fellowships webpage before applying.

Please refer to Postdoctoral Fellowships webpage


KE Seed Fund

This fund provides support for early-stage innovative knowledge exchange ideas. It can also add onto existing projects, to build or develop new KE around current activities, and support documenting case studies. Typically £2,000 to £4,000 per project available.

Applications are welcome at any time.  There are also two “gathered field” Deadlines by which applications will be considered (reviewed and decided) together, and potentially in competition.  Applications received within 3 weeks before a Deadline will be reviewed as part of that “gathered field”.  The next Deadlines are 2pm on Monday 28th January 2019, and 2pm on Wednesday 24th April 2019.

More information available on the website

open call

open call

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships

The ESRC has issued a call for its the Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme, run through Doctoral Training Partnerships and Centres for Doctoral Training.

The objective of this call is to provide support to those who are within 12 months of completing their PhD, to support them in consolidating their PhD, and preparing them for the next stage of their research careers.
Fellowships are held for one year and are due to start on 1 October 2019.

The total cost for each fellowship can include the following:
• Fellow’s salary costs
• Indirect costs
• Estate costs
• Up to £10,000 of other costs (to include costs such as mentoring costs, travel and subsistence, conference attendance, training, and fieldwork

More information about the Fellowship can be found here

Please consult Postdoctoral Fellowhips webpage before applying.

Please refer to Postdoctoral Fellowships webpage


Wellcome Trust: Small Grants in Humanities and Social Science

Small Grants fund programmes of activities that enable researchers to build professional networks, develop new research agendas and increase the impact of their work.

A Small Grant is usually up to £30,000. Grants usually last for 6 to 12 months but the duration can be flexible.

Support can include research expenses for small-scale projects, conference and meeting costs. Modest personal support or salary expenses may also be requested, but must be carefully justified.

For more information please visit the website.

6 weeks before intended submission


John Fell Fund

The John Fell OUP Research Fund is open to both academic and service units. All subject areas are encouraged to apply, and interdisciplinary and/or interdivisional projects are especially welcome.

Main awards

For main award applications (more than £7,500), you must hold a post that includes responsibility for developing your own research agenda. If you do not hold an academic post, but the department would support a research application to an external body in your name as principal investigator, then you will normally be eligible to apply.

Small awards

For small award applications (up to £7,500), the same rules apply as for main awards, except that the committee will also consider applications from an early career researcher employed by the collegiate University who aspires to an academic post or fellowship, but does not yet hold such a post, provided that the applicant has the support of their line manager.

For further information and detail regarding applications, please see the funder's website.



ESRC IAA | KE Dialogues Scheme

This scheme provides small grants (up to £2.5K) for events/meetings to bring together academics with non-academic stakeholders in meaningful and productive two-way discussions. These grants are intended as a first step in developing new collaborative relationships with non-academics that will, in turn, open up opportunities for new projects.

Examples of current ESRC funded work can be found here.


Open Call

ESRC New Investigator Grants

New Investigator Grants form one element of our support for early career researchers and the scheme is specifically aimed at supporting those looking to make the transition to an independent researcher through managing their first major research project.

Grants ranging from £100,000 to £300,000 full Economic Cost (fEC) can be awarded.

Proposals are welcomed across the full disciplinary range of the social sciences and at the interface with the wider sciences, however the social sciences must represent at least 50 per cent of the research focus and effort.

For further information, please consult the funders website.

Please consult Postdoctoral Fellowhips webpage before applying.


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Leverhulme Trust: Research Project Grants

Outline Applications (no deadlines for outline applications but be aware there are deadlines for invited full applications so this will inform the timing of your outline application).

Please see funders website for further information.


Full applications have 3 deadlines: 1st Sept, 1st Dec and 21st March.


Note: The ESRC has bilateral agreements with several other European research funding agencies to facilitate collaborative research. Some schemes have deadlines, others are open-ended. Please see the information about bilateral agreements on the ESRC website.

Other  sources of information about funding opportunities: (searchable database)

Research Services Office website: