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As a researcher there are many funding opportunities available to you. Once you have received approval from your head of department to proceed with your research idea, to find a grant to suit you, follow the steps below:

  1. Browse Research Professional - LSE's subscription gives you access to the world's most reliable source of funding opportunities, with a large, easy-to-use database of information about latest calls, prizes and travel grants. Begin your search with Research Professional (log in with your LSE username and password if you're on campus, if off campus you will need to register your own account).
  2. Browse external funding opportunities - Below we have selected and separated relevant external funding for the social sciences into upcoming calls, recurrent calls and annual calls.
  3. Browse internal funding opportunities - A number of LSE departments or divisions offer funding opportunities for research, knowledge exchange and impact, and other purposes. View LSE internal funding opportunities.

Can't find a relevant funding opportunity? Contact the Research Division on +44 (0) 20 7106 1202 or email








Link and brief abstract

Closing date [sorted by date]


Small Research Grants



This scheme provides up to £10,000 for up to 24 months to support primary research in the humanities and social sciences. Funds may be used to facilitate initial project planning and development; to support the direct costs of research; and to enable the advancement of research through workshops or conferences, or visits by or to partner scholars. Applications for collaborative or individual projects are equally welcome under this scheme. Applications from international groups of scholars are welcome, provided there is a UK-based scholar as lead applicant.



Large Grants Competition



ESRC is inviting applications of between £1 million and £2.5 million at 100% fEC for an open Large Grants competition. Between three to four new Large Grants are expected to be funded under this competition. 


European Research Council

Starting Grants scheme



The ERC Starting Grants scheme supports Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are starting their own independent research team or programme. The grants operate on a 'bottom-up' basis without predetermined priorities. Funding of up to €1.5m is available for projects of up to 5 years’ duration. The scheme is open to applicants of any nationality who will conduct their research in the EU. Applicants must be within 2 – 7 years of the award of their PhD prior to 1 January 2017.


GCRF RCUK Collective Fund Growing research capability to meet the challenges faced by developing countries

Intention to submit: 25/10/2016


The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) RCUK Collective Fund invites applications in the range of £2 – 8 million over four years to grow the research base in the UK and strengthen capacity overseas to address research challenges informed by the expressed needs of developing countries.  

Applicants must register their intention to submit by Tuesday 25 October 2016.The closing date for full proposals is Tuesday 6 December 2016.

LSE Institute of Global Affairs Resilience Research: IGA Rockefeller Funding Call - Second Round 30/10/2016
  The Institute of Global Affairs (IGA) invites colleagues from across LSE to participate in the second round of calls under its ‘Research and Impact Seed Fund’.

This round is again supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. Up to £1.5m is available under the broad theme of ‘Resilience’. Submissions are encouraged within one or more of the four subthemes agreed with the Rockefeller Foundation: financial resilience, climate resilience, resilient cities and resilience in post-conflict transitional processes.

Please download and complete the application form which should be submitted to Keith Tritton ( by c.o.b Sunday 30 October 2016.

LSE Advancement AXA Research Fund: Postdoctoral Fellowships 31/10/2016

Each year, the AXA Research Fund offers funding for 25 Postdoctoral Fellowships to outstanding researchers.

Institutions are awarded up to €130,000 for the appointment of a Postdoctoral Fellow for 18 - 24 months. The funding will allow for a low Band 6 appointment; departments or centres wishing to appoint at a higher level will be asked to use their own funds to make up the deficit.


  • Candidates must have studied internationally for their master’s degree and / or doctoral studies.
  • Only candidates without a permanent academic position are eligible.
  • Candidates must have been awarded their PhD before the beginning of the grant and within the 3 years preceding the submission of their proposal.
  • The research topic must fall in the scope of the eligible thematic focus.

The School will be permitted to submit one or two proposals to AXA. All proposals will first be considered by the Research Development Panel, who will select who will be submitted to the AXA campaign.

Please get in touch with Kathryn Darling, Business Partnerships Manager, or 020 7107 5221, if you wish to discuss. Proposals should be submitted to Kathryn by close of play on Monday 31 October 2016.

TÜBİTAK -British Council  TÜBİTAK - BRITISH COUNCIL  Kâtip Çelebi-Newton Bilateral Cooperation  31/10/2016

Newton Fund is part of the UK's £735 million commitment to support science and innovation partnerships between the UK and emerging powers to support greater scientific research capacity of the partner countries.  

In Turkey, Newton Fund is being implemented under the name of "Kâtip Çelebi-Newton Fund" and is supported by the UK and Turkish governments. TÜBITAK is the main delivery partner and British Council is one of the delivery partners of the programme in UK.

The programme is designed to establish links beyond the level of the individual researcher and innovation practitioner, opening up opportunities for more sustainable, solution-oriented collaborations between academic groups as well as with the private and third sector (e.g. SMEs, NGOs, technology transfer offices and other not-for-profit organisations). UK and Turkey joint projects should demonstrate the relevance of the proposed project to the social welfare and economic development of Turkey. The thematic priority areas are as follows:

• Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
• Energy Efficiency Technologies
• Health Technologies
• New Approaches and Methods in Social Sciences and Humanities 
• Education: Teacher Education and Learning Outcomes
• Economic development, family studies, urban studies and living together 
• Optics, photonics, laser, semiconducting technologies
• Environmental Management and Policy

New Joint Application Process  
UK and Turkey applicants will fill out a single application form that will be uploaded through the TÜBİTAK electronic submission system. Please note that only the Turkish applicants registered on TÜBİTAK ARBİS (Researcher Information system) will be granted access to the system and be able to upload the application form and supporting documents.

For full details on application process please visit the  British Council Bilateral Cooperation Call web page.

For questions and inquiries please contact 


LSE Middle East Centre

Academic collaborative projects




The Middle East Centre invites applications from LSE colleagues for academic collaborative projects in social, political, and economic sciences between academics at LSE and Arab universities. These projects may involve collaborative research or capacity building. 



  • Promote high calibre research by scholars at LSE and Arab universities.
  • Support academic excellence at Arab universities.
  • Strengthen academic collaboration and knowledge transfer between LSE and Arab universities.




Senior Research Fellowships Scheme



These fellowships provide mid-career scholars with one year's research leave to bring a major piece of research to completion. Funding is provided to cover the costs of replacement teaching. 


British Academy

Wolfson Research Professorships Scheme



These awards provide support for extended research leave to a small number of the most outstanding established scholars to enable them to concentrate on a significant research programme, while freed from normal teaching and administrative commitments. Emphasis is also placed on the importance of award-holders communicating their plans and results to a broad audience. The Professorships are held for three years and provide £50,000 each year to be used primarily to cover the costs of replacement teaching, with any balance available to the award-holder for research expenses.





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Closing date


Research Networking Scheme Open call
  To encourage and enable the discussion and development of ideas by researchers either through establishing new research networks or by running a series of workshops, seminars or similar events.  
AHRC Fellowship Scheme Open call
  AHRC is committed to fund the research time needed to undertake world-leading research with impact and to support the career development of outstanding researchers in the arts and humanities. View details of the Early Career Scheme and details of the Standard Scheme.  
AHRC Research Grants Various
  The scheme is divided into two routes: standard and early career. The standard awards are designed to enable researchers to collaborate wit, and bring benefits to, individuals and organisations through high-quality research. The early-career stream is intended to assist new researchers at the start of their careers in gaining experience of managing and leading research projects.  
AHRC/Sao Paolo Research Foundation Collaborative Research Grants Open call
  The Arts and Humanities Research Council, in partnership with the São Paulo Research Foundation, invites applications for its collaborative research grants. These enable transnational British and Brazilian teams to apply for funding for collaborative research projects. UK-based researchers must hold a doctoral degree or equivalent, be actively engaged in postdoctoral research and be employed by, or be scheduled to join, the research organisation before submitting the proposal. Brazil-based researchers must be formally associated with institutions within the São Paulo state. Projects may last for up to 60 months. Standard route grants are worth between £50,000 and £1 million and early-career grants are worth between £50,000 and £250,000 at 80% full economic cost. The São Paulo Research Foundation will provide equivalent to £1m for Brazilian researchers. The overall proposed budget should not exceed £2m.  


AHRC/NSF Co-funding Research Projects

Open call

  The Arts and Humanities Research Council, in collaboration with the Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences Directorate of the US National Science Foundation, invites applications for funding under their lead agency agreement. This supports interdisciplinary research of mutual interest in any area of research that falls within the funders’ remit. Projects between £50,000- £1,000,000 (depending on the applicant’s career level) will be funded according to AHRC’s funding rules. Funding for the US part of the project must comply with NSF’s normal funding rules for unsolicited proposals.   

British Academy

Funding for International Activities


  Details of country-specific agreements and special programmes; international collaborative programmes; special Joint Project programmes and other relevant Academy schemes.   
British Academy/ Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grants Various

The scheme provides up to £10,000 to support primary research in the humanities and social sciences. Funds may be used to facilitate initial project planning and development; to support the direct costs of research; and to enable the advancement of research through workshops or conferences, or visits by or to partner scholars. Applications for collaborative or individual projects are equally welcome under this scheme. Applications from international groups of scholars are welcome, provided there is a UK-based scholar as lead applicant.

Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation Various


Small Grants (£3k - £7) promote and support interaction between the UK and Japan. Daiwa Foundation Awards (£7 - £15k) focus on collaborative projects that enable British and Japanese partners to work together.



Research Competitions


  All current DEFRA competitions, covering both calls for full proposals and expressions of interest.  


First Grant Scheme

Open call

Help for new academics applying for research funding at the start of their careers. Grants are capped up £125k for a maximum period of two years.

ESRC/Austrian Science Fund Collaborative Project Grants Open call

These are based on a bilateral agreement to facilitate collaborations between social scientists in the UK and Austria. Proposals may be submitted in any area of the social sciences within the remit of both agencies. The grants are worth a minimum of £200,000.



Research Grants Scheme

Open call


A flexible research grants scheme offering awards ranging from £350k to £1m. The choice of topic is yours provided it falls within the ESRC's remit.



Training Bursaries for Social Scientists

Open call

To enable staff in the UK social science community engaged in research, teaching research methods or supervising research to update their research skills. 50 bursaries of up to £1k available.

New applications for bursaries will be accepted from 01/04/2014.



Urgency Grants Mechanism

Open call

The fund enables the ESRC to respond to urgent or unforeseen events, where there is a strong case for immediate research.


European Commission

Call for Proposals - FP7 Marie Curie Actions


The European Commission has launched a number of calls under the Marie Curie Actions as follows: Reintegration Grants (RG); Intra-European Fellowships for Career Development (IEF); International Incoming Fellowships (IIF); International Outgoing Fellowships for Career Development (IOF); Industry-Academia Partnerships (IAPP).

Further information also available from the Research Division. Please contact


European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST)

Research Networks

Open call

  A unique opportunity to exchange knowledge and to embark on new European perspectives. A continuous open call for proposals is used to attract the best proposals for new COST actions. The support will cover the costs of networking activities such as meetings (e.g. travel, subsistence, local organiser support), conferences, workshops, short-term scientific exchange, training schools, publications and dissemination activities. Funding for up to 4 years.  

European Research Council

ERC Advanced Investigators Grants


  Up to €3.5m available for pioneering frontier research in any field of science, engineering and scholarship. Candidates must be scientifically independent and have a recent research track record and profile which identifies them as leaders in their respective field(s) of research.  

European Research Council

Proof of Concept Various
  Existing ERC grant holders can apply for this additional funding to establish the innovation potential of ideas arising from their ERC-funded frontier research projects. Funding of up to €150,000 for a 12-month project is available.  

European Science Foundation

Calendar of Events Various

A calendar of opportunities within the social sciences and a link to the external announcements page.

Global Innovation Fund

 Innovation Projects

Open call

Supported by the Department for International Development, the US Agency for International Development, the Omidyar Network, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and the Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia; the GIF invites proposals for its innovation projects. Funding supports innovative, cost-effective solutions that address any major development challenge in any country or countries in the developing world. Teams from social enterprises, for-profit and non-profit organisations, government agencies, international organisations and individual researchers based in any country may apply. Teams may form consortia, however, they must appoint a lead organisation.


Leverhulme Trust

International Networks

Open call

  Up to £125,000 over up to three years to allow a UK-based researcher to build a new collaborative research project with overseas institutions. First-stage outline applications can be submitted at any time.A significant research theme must be identified at the outset which requires for its successful treatment international collaboration between one or more UK universities, and two or more overseas institutions (up to a maximum of seven institutions in total). Networks must be newly constituted collaborations.  

Leverhulme Trust

Research Project Grants


  To provide financial support for innovative and original research projects of high quality ad potential, the choice of theme and the design of the research lying entirely with the applicant. Research Division encourages applicants to submit outline bids six months before the full bid deadline, in order to allow for Leverhulme to assess the outline bid, and for the applicant to prepare a high quality full bid, if encouraged to do so.  

London Sustainability Exchange (LSx)

Research Interests and Contact Details for the London Sustainability Exchange (LSx)



The LSx runs an innovative action research projects with communities and businesses across London.


National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Themed Call: Preventing the Development and Spread of Antimicrobial Resistance Various

The call is for research into the evaluation of public health measures, health care interventions and health services to reduce the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance and consequent morbidity.

Nesta Bright Ideas Research Fund Open call
  These grants aim to fund good new ideas related to innovation and innovation policy and develop research projects and policy proposals in fields that relate to innovation but where Nesta does not have big programmes already in place. Projects can involve primary research, novel argumentation, or the development of a new idea, or ideally more than one of these things. Up to £10,000 is available per proposal. Fields of particular interest include: understanding the innovative businesses that matter; what do emerging technologies mean for the economy and society; how can we get a financial system better suited to innovation; better government policy for innovation; scaling up social innovation; big and open data for social innovation; and smarter smart cities.  

Nuffield Foundation

Social Science Small Grants Scheme



The scheme makes small grants for social science research expenses. Grants of up to £15k available for projects in line with the Foundation's areas of interest.


Open Society Institute

Open Society Fellowships

Open call


The fellowship enables innovative professionals to work on projects that inspire meaningful public debate, shape public policy, and generate intellectual ferment within the Open Society Institute.


United States Institute of Peace

Grants and Fellowships


Open call


Funding for research into conflict prevention, conflict management, and post-conflict peace-building in Columbia, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan and Sudan; and funding opportunities for projects relating to Iran.


Wellcome Trust

Small Grants

Open call


Up to £10K can be applied for to support small-scale research projects, scoping exercises or meetings whose subject matter falls within the remit of Wellcome’s interest in improving animal and human health.


Wellcome Trust


Open call


To provide additional funding during the course of a Wellcome Trust funded award, enabling the grantholder to explore new opportunities or paths of discovery as their work unfolds, or to support unanticipated costs, such as new equipment or access to technologies.


Wenner Gren

Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship



To support the writing-up of already completed research in anthropology. $40,000 is provided.



erberberberberb Annual Calls


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Transformative Research Call



To provide a stimulus for genuinely transformative research ideas at the frontiers of the social sciences, enabling research which challenges current thinking to be supported and developed.



Research Seminars Competition



For UK research organisations to hold Research Seminars for groups of academic researchers, postgraduate students and non-academic users from different organisations. Seminar groups meet regularly to exchange information and ideas to advance research in their fields.


British Academy

Newton International Fellowships



The Newton International Fellowships aim to attract the most promising early-career post-doctoral researchers from overseas. They enable researchers to work for two years at a UK research institution. The scheme is open to post-doctoral (and equivalent) early-career researchers working outside the UK who do not hold UK citizenship.



Mid-Career Research Fellowships



The Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) supports independent-minded researchers to do interdisciplinary work which is unlikely to be funded by existing funding bodies. It is interested in original research ideas which take new approaches, and suggest new solutions, to real world social problems.


Leverhulme Trust

Early Career Fellowships



Provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research. The expectation is that Fellows should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure, and that the Fellowships should lead to a more permanent academic position.


Leverhulme Trust

Major Research Fellowships



These awards enable well-established and distinguished researchers in the humanities and social sciences to devote themselves to a single research project of outstanding originality and significance, capable of completion within two or three years.



Centres and Large Grants



For experienced researchers requiring longer term support for research groups, inter-institutional research networks, project-linked research programmes, other infrastructure and methodological developments, or any related larger-scale projects.


British Academy

Mid-Career Fellowships



Mid-Career Fellowships call announced July (estimate): aims to support outstanding individual researchers with excellent research proposals, and to promote public understanding and engagement with humanities and social sciences. It allows successful applicants to obtain time freed from normal teaching and administrative commitments.



Future Research Leaders



Aims to support outstanding early career researchers to carry out excellent research and to develop all aspects of their research and knowledge exchange skills.


British Academy

Small Research Grants



Grants are available to support primary research in the humanities and social sciences. The maximum grant is £10,000 over two years. Applications for collaborative or individual research projects are equally welcome. Applications from international groups of scholars are welcome, provided there is a UK-based scholar as lead applicant.


British Academy

Post-Doctoral Fellowships



To foster research capability, promote career development and enhance skills portfolio of recently postdoctoral scholars, cultivate individual creativity, and contribute to future research base of the nation, and to provide an opportunity of supporting endangered and emerging subject areas.


Leverhulme Trust

Research Programme Grants



In one major departure from its policy of operating in the responsive mode, the Trust selects on an annual basis certain themes of research for which bids are invited. The grants provide funds to research teams for up to five years to enable them to explore significant thematic issues up to a scale of £1.75m.


British Academy

British Academy / Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships



BA/LH Senior Research Fellowships call announced in April(estimate): this enables established scholars to have one year's research leave with funding being provided to cover the costs of replacement teaching. The time bought by the scheme should be devoted to the completion of a major piece of research.