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Funding Opportunities and Grants

The LSE Financial Support Office offers an extensive list of financial awards available for research students. They are listed by country, for UK/EU students, by discipline and there are some LSE named awards too. To see these awards, click here.

Below is an additional list of potential funding and grant opportunities that current research students may be eligible for during or after their studies.

The Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) is an interdisciplinary student-led research association based at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Members of the organisation currently enrolled in doctoral research at universities in the UK and Ireland and working in the fields of ethnicity and/or nationalism are invited to apply for a scholarship worth £1000. 

EUSA- Haas Fund Fellowship
The EUSA Haas Fund Fellowship Competition is an annual fellowship for graduate student EU-related dissertation research. Thanks entirely to contributions to Ernst Haas Memorial Fund for EU Studies, launched in June 2003 to honour the memory of Ernst B. Haas (1924-2003) they offer at least one unrestricted fellowship of $2000 to support the dissertation research of any graduate student pursuing an EU-related dissertation topic.

The scholarships are designed to provide mobility to existing postgraduate students so that they can undertake research in another country. The scholarships are NOT for students looking for funding to enrol in a postgraduate course. UACES are offering four Scholarships for a fixed amount of £1,500, to be awarded on a competitive basis to UACES members. 

The Anglo-Danish Society invites applications from postgraduates of either: (a) Danish nationality for scholarships at universities or other approved institution in the UK. Candidates’ first degree should be from a Danish University; or (b) British nationality for scholarships tenable at Copenhagen, Aarhus or Odense universities or other approved institution in Denmark.

In all cases preference will be given to applicants who have either embarked on postgraduate research leading to a higher degree, normally a PhD, or who are assured of being able to do so in the academic year following the submission of their application. The scholarships are intended only to be a supplement to students’ own income, will run for a period of up to six months from the beginning of the next academic year, or such other date as might be approved. The minimum value is £1,500 per grant. All applicants are requested to submit a budget for their study period. Academic and residential arrangements are the responsibility of the student. Successful applicants are requested to submit a short report to the Society on the work undertaken during the period of study.

Wyndham Deedes Memorial Trust Fund 
The Anglo-Israel Association awards travel scholarships to Israel. The object of the awards is to enable graduates of British Universities and others with special qualifications or interests who are normally resident in the UK to make an intensive study of some aspect (sociological, scientific, cultural, economic etc) of life in Israel, the study to be in an area in which the applicant is specially qualified or interested and that would be of direct interest to those working in that field in this country.

Scholars must be of British nationality, normally under 35 years of age, who have graduated from a British University or Institute of Higher Education, but applications from mature students are also welcomed. Applicants should normally intend to be resident in the UK. Applicants must be free to spend at least six weeks in Israel within twelve months of the date of the award. Scholars must undertake to submit a report on their project within the twelve months of their return. Each scholarship is worth up to £2000. This is intended to contribute towards the cost of direct travel to and from Israel and residence in that country. Applicants should include in their applications a statement of about 300 words detailing their particular interest in Israel and outlining their projected study and giving names of individuals and institutions in Israel willing to give advice and assistance.

Restricted to Arab nationals under 40 years of age having citizenship of a member State of the Arab League, who come to Britain as an overseas student for the sole purpose of undertaking relevant postgraduate studies and who are committed to returning home on completion of study. Partial funding for grants for postgraduate study and research programmes at British universities in subjects of practical benefit to the student's home country in the Arab world. Applications can be made by the student from their own country or from the UK before or after the commencement of studies in Britain.

The Arkleton Trust was founded in 1977, with the aims "to study new approaches to rural development and education" and to "improve understanding between rural policy makers, academics, practitioners and rural people". They administer a number of funds. The David Moore award, an award of up to £800 is made biennially to a young person engaged in the study of rural development and social change in Europe and / or the Third World. The Bernard Conyers Fund was established to encourage the dissemination of information, findings or new ideas related to rural development practice. Priority is given to material relating to the Third World, the links between Europe and the Third World or the lessons which Europe can learn from the Third World.

General Scholarships
Subject: unrestricted. Eligibility: Commonwealth citizens and British protected persons who have completed a first degree or master’s degree, and who are permanently resident in Commonwealth countries other than UK. Primarily for postgraduate study or research. Candidates should hold good honours degree or equivalent. Value: University fees, scholar’s return travel, allowances for books, apparatus, approved study travel, personal maintenance. Applications must be made in the first instance to the Commonwealth Scholarship Agency in the country in which the applicant has his/her permanent home.


The National BFWG awards are awarded to women research students for their final year of formal study towards a doctoral higher degree (PhD, DPhil, DMus, etc). This assumes the application is made during the period of the competition. Typically, awards will range from £2,500 to £6,000 although a successful candidate would not be offered more than one BFWG award in the same year. Although there are various named scholarships, most awards are open to any field of study. A few are set aside specifically for medical sciences, geography, architecture or engineering, and biological, geological, meteorological or radiological science. Not all of these are likely to be awarded in each round of awards. You can choose to specify which award you would like to apply for, but you can also leave that section of the Application Form blank for the AAC to allocate. The competition for students of any nationality studying in Great Britain runs from the end of November every year with a closing date in March/April the following year (but check website for updates).

The British Chamber of Commerce in Germany Foundation invites applications for its scholarships to allow British and German students to study or conduct research in Germany or the UK, respectively. The award is intended to provide supplementary financial support, not to defray the full cost of the proposed course of study or research. Citizens of UK are eligible to apply for awards for study or research in Germany, and German citizens for awards for study or research in the UK.

Applicants should be undertaking full-time courses of study at universities leading to degrees, diplomas or equivalent qualifications. Research students are eligible.
Deadline: Applications will be accepted between 1 May and 30 June in any year (but check website for forthcoming deadlines).

You can search for a British Council scholarship online. You can find any scholarships that are appropriate to your country of origin, level of study, subject, and institutions where you are interested in studying.

Study, Travel, Fieldwork and Conference Grants
The British Institute at Ankara supports, promotes and publishes British research focused on Turkey and the Black Sea littoral in all academic disciplines within the arts, humanities and social sciences, whilst maintaining a centre of excellence in Ankara focused on archaeology and related subjects in Turkey.

The mission of the BSR is to promote knowledge of and deep engagement with all aspects of the art, history and culture of Italy by scholars from Britain and the Commonwealth, and to foster international and interdisciplinary exchange. The BSR offer a number of awards, fellowships and scholarships.

The Danish Research Council for the Humanities (DRCH) and Danish Social Science Research Council (DSRC) fund specific research activities based on researchers' own initiatives and provides research-based advice within the Councils’ scientific areas of expertise. The Councils are part of the Danish Council for Independent Research and issue calls for applications for research funding within the Councils’ scientific areas of expertise. Once a year, the Council issues calls for applications containing guidelines for applicants. These include PhD projects abroad from Danish citizens who maintain certain links to Danish research institutions.

Jahres- und Kurzstipendien für Doktorandinnen und Doktoranden (Year-long and short-term grants for German doctorates).

The German Academic Exchange Service gives information about one-year grants for postgraduate students, research grants for PhD students and junior researchers, group study visits, and general information on study and research in Germany.

Entente Cordiale Scholarships
The Entente Cordiale Scholarship Scheme is a prestigious bi-lateral awards scheme that funds French postgraduate students who want to study in the UK, and British students who want to study in France. Funded by the private sector in both countries the scheme provides funding for around 25 French and British students each year.
British students wishing to apply should contact the French Embassy in London for further information.

Scholarships for French students are managed by the British Council in France and the information which follows applies to French students only. Each scholarship covers university fees up to a maximum of £6000, plus a contribution towards living costs. The total value of each scholarship normally amounts to £10 000, regardless of the course or institution chosen. Scholarships are offered for study of any discipline, in any British university, provided it is for a postgraduate course. The applicant must be under 35 years of age and have good English language skills.
The scholarship can fund Master's courses, running over a period of twelve months, or one year of a PhD programme. The scholarship is for one year only and is not renewable.

The Fulbright Postgraduate awards are aimed at students wishing to study in the UK in any subject and provide tuition and maintenance for the first year of study. The US-UK Fulbright Commission provides approximately 10 awards to US citizens to fund the first year of a master's or doctorate degree or to pursue research at an educational institution within the UK. The awards cover tuition fees, a maintenance stipend and accident and sickness insurance for one academic year, usually beginning in mid-late September (typically 9 months).

Research grants for German doctorate students abroad (2 years grant + 1 year loan).

Grants are available for people from the UK only for those undertaking research related to the practice of Religious Education in schools or further education.

The International Federation of University Women offers a limited number of grants to women graduates for advanced research, study and training, in any branch of learning. A limited amount of awards will be given for work at the Masters' level. The competitions are normally held every two years. IFUW fellowships and grants are open only to women graduates who are members of the International Federation. The awards are available for use in any country; preference is given to women whose work will be carried out in a country other than their home countries or the ones in which they received their previous education. All applicants must have obtained admission to the proposed place of study prior to applying for funding. Application must be made through member's respective national headquarters and will take place at the national level.

The Kennedy Scholarships forms part of the British National Memorial to President John F. Kennedy. Ten to twelve scholarships are to be awarded annually to British post-graduate students to enable them to study at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The scholarships can be used to fund any graduate course of study offered by Harvard and MIT, including Special Student (non-degree) and Visiting Fellow status. Scholars receive a stipend equivalent to $20,000. Applicants must be British citizens who normally live in the UK and must either be recent graduates of a UK university or be studying for a first or higher degree and have spent 2 of the last 5 years at a UK university. Candidates must submit applications through the Head of their University College.

The Trust, established at the wish of William Hesketh Lever, the first Viscount Leverhulme, makes awards for the support of research and education. The Trust emphasizes individuals and encompasses all subject areas. The Trustees place special weight on: the originality of the projects put to them; the significance of the proposed work; the ability to judge and take appropriate risk in the project; the removal of barriers between traditional disciplines.

The Trust invites applications from holders of a first degree from a UK higher education institution for the Study Abroad Studentships, tenable for twelve or twenty four months at any centre of learning in the world, except the UK and USA. Applications will be considered in all subject areas but are not intended for those wishing to improve their knowledge of modern languages. Approximately twenty studentships are offered annually.

The Trust was founded through the benefaction of Mr Michael Lipman, a socialist businessman, and later added to through a bequest by his widow, Mrs Gertrude Lipman. The Trust supports projects in Britain and elsewhere which find it difficult to get funding from established sources. They encourage a broad variety of socialist projects in the following fields:
• Popular writing, academic research and journalism, mainly in the social sciences, humanities and science relating, in the broadest terms, to the organisation of society and human emancipation.
• Projects in collective democratic participation.
• Cultural activities such as theatre, film making and visual arts on themes relating to social issues.
• Debates, meetings, group activities, international exchanges and networks.
• Activities for peace and international cooperation
Maximum grant: £1000.

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study either at graduate or occasionally undergraduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. The scheme allows the Scholars, who are the potential leaders, opinion-formers and decision-makers in their own country, to gain an understanding and appreciation of British values and the British way of life. It also establishes long lasting ties between the peoples of Britain and the United States. Each scholarship is held for two years. The total value of a Marshall Scholarship varies but tends on average to be about £20,000 a year.

The Open Society Institute (OSI), a private operating and grantmaking foundation, aims to shape public policy to promote democratic governance, human rights, and economic, legal, and social reform. On a local level, OSI implements a range of initiatives to support the rule of law, education, public health, and independent media. At the same time, OSI works to build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as combating corruption and rights abuses.

The OSI awards grants, scholarships, and fellowships on a regular basis throughout the year. Applicants can determine their eligibility and view relevant initiatives and application guidelines on the website.

The Norwegian Research Council funds Norwegian students to undertake PhD degrees at foreign universities. The Research Council plays a vital role in developing and implementing Norway’s national research strategy. It acts as a funding agency for independent research programmes and projects, strategic programmes at research institutes, and Norwegian participation in international research programmes. The main deadline for applications for PhD and Post-Doctoral funding in the humanities and social sciences is normally mid-June, but check the website for the latest funding rounds and calls for proposals.

Norwegian research students are eligible to apply for funding for their individual PhD research projects even if the research institution is a non-Norwegian institution, although they need to show evidence of collaboration with a Norwegian research institution.

Fellowship and grant programmes sponsored by the SSRC either independently or with other organizations. These programmes provide pre-dissertation and dissertation fellowships, postdoctoral fellowships, and advanced research grants in both the social and natural sciences and humanities. Correspondence on applications should be initiated well before deadline dates.

Scholarships for graduated students and young scholars 
This foundation was established by the Parliament of Berlin in 1994 to sustain and develop contact with France, Great Britain, the US, Russia and other successor states of the former Soviet Union. The scholarship programme aims at promoting young scholars from the above countries. The applicants should be working on projects concerned with Berlin, Germany, or German-international issues. The foundation also welcomes projects that require access to research facilities in Berlin. The main target group includes the humanities and the social sciences. Grants awarded according to academic achievements. Presently the Study Foundation awards about 20 twelve-month grants per year. The stipend is usually up to 770 EUR for pre-doctoral students and up to 1,300 EUR for post-doctoral scholars per month. In addition the foundation assumes travel costs as well as rental costs for housing at the International Study Centre in Berlin.