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  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.

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British Academy

Tackling Slavery, Human Trafficking and Child Labour in Modern Business



The British Academy has launched a new, competitive research funding call, Tackling Slavery, Human Trafficking and Child Labour in Modern Business, in partnership with the Department for International Development (DFID).

The call invites proposals from the best researchers (across all disciplines within the humanities and social sciences) in the UK and overseas, to develop and lead research projects focused on the challenge of eradicating forced labour, ending modern slavery and human trafficking, and securing the elimination of the worst forms of child labour in modern business.

This programme will fund excellent policy-oriented research geared towards filling the evidence gaps in current understanding of what works in addressing modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour, and enabling UK policy and business communities to develop effective interventions.


British Council

Research Environment Links Grants (Vietnam)



The British Council, in collaboration with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, via the Newton Fund, invites applications for its research environment links grants – UK and Vietnam. This supports capacity building activities in any discipline proposed by applicant institutions in Vietnam working with partner organisations in the UK. The call is flexible and responsive to in-country needs, allowing applicants to establish collaboration on areas linked to country priorities and development needs, and to bring in relevant UK expertise.



Consumer Data Research Centre call for proposals



The ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre is inviting proposals from UK-based academics for projects that will capitalise on their core consumer data sets, extend their network of partners, and drive forward substantive and innovative social science research across a broad range of disciplines and research areas.

They are inviting proposals that contribute to their research themes, as well as extensions into other research areas of strategic significance, including those aligned with ESRC's priorities in:

  • Mental Health
  • Housing
  • Productivity
  • Understanding the Macro-Economy
  • Ways of Being in a Digital Age

The Centre is looking to fund in the region of 8-10 projects, each valued at between £20,000-£60,000 (100% fEC). Projects will run from early October 2017 and must be completed no later than the end of September 2018.



ESRC-ICSSR Newton Call for collaborative research on urban transformation in India



ESRC and the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) invite proposals on:

  1. Urban planning, governance and management
  2. Formal and informal populations
  3. Place and space: challenges and solutions, including health, sanitation and labour issues
  4. Small towns, dynamics of change and migration

Proposals are invited for joint UK and Indian projects and each proposal may request £360,000 to £540,000 (100% full economic cost) from the UK and INR 25 lakh from ICSSR. 



Global Challenges Research Fund: Resilient and sustainable energy networks for developing countries 



This call aims to support an internationally leading programme of research to tackle the energy distribution challenges faced by developing countries.

Proposals must focus on sustainable local energy networks, including off-grid to grid transitions. Up to £7.5 million is available, with EPSRC expecting to support six to eight research projects.


Russell Sage Foundation

Integrating biology and social science knowledge



The scheme aims to support innovative social science research on social and economic outcomes that improves our understanding of the interactive mechanisms by which environmental influences affect biological mechanisms, and vice versa.Funding is available for secondary analyses of data or for original data collection. RSF is especially interested in novel uses of existing data, as well as analyses of new or underutilized data. Methodological variety and interdisciplinary collaboration are encouraged. Up to USD 150,000 can be claimed for up to 2 years.


British Academy

Global Challenges Research Networking Grants 



This scheme allows researchers from developing countries and the UK to forge links and hold networking events to generate innovative and interdisciplinary research ideas to address global challenges. Applications should focus on building a collaborative network and therefore have to be submitted jointly by a lead overseas researcher from a developing country and a lead researcher based in the UK.

The maximum amount available is £25,000. Projects must start between 1 January 2018 and 31 March 2018, and the funding will last for one year.

European Cooperation in Science and Technology

COST Action proposals



This programme supports networking activities such as meetings, short-term scientific missions, training schools and dissemination activities in the areas of all science and technology including social sciences and humanities. The aim is to foster the scientific, technological, economic, cultural or societal knowledge advancement and development of Europe. Funding is worth approximately €130,000 per year per project over four years. 

Canon Foundation in Europe

Research Fellowships



These enable European researchers to conduct research in Japan, and Japanese researchers to conduct research in Europe. All research fields are applicable. Fellowships are worth between €22,500 and €27,500 per year or pro rata over a period of three months to one year. Up to 15 fellowships are available. 


Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

Travelling Fellowships



These enable British citizens to travel overseas in order to conduct research (that could not be carried out in the UK) which aims to identify new and better ways of tackling a wide range of current issues. Applications are invited in the following areas of research: craft and design; education; enterprise; environment, conservation and sustainable living; horticulture; mental health – community based approaches; migration – living well together; new approaches to social and affordable housing; nursing and allied health professions; science, technology and innovation; supporting vulnerable children following bereavement; young people; and open category.


ESRC/Alan Turing Institute

Joint fellowship scheme



These aim at driving forward the development and application of cutting-edge data science to study major societal challenges. This first joint call will focus on two key and interlinked issues - the complex challenges of:

  • facing the development of cities
  • maintaining a healthy population.  

Proposals are welcome from mid-career and senior academics from an RCUK eligible research organisation. Up to two studentships will be attached to each fellowship and it is expected these will work in similar areas to that of the fellow. The fellow will act as the primary supervisor helping in particular to develop the quantitative and data science skills of the students.



Building resilience to natural disasters using financial instruments 



Funding is available to apply existing environmental and social science research to inform the design, development, refinement and validation of financing instruments to help developing countries respond and recover from extreme weather and natural disasters.

The programme will support: feasibility studies of up to £100,000 (at 100% fEC) and up to six months in duration; longer projects of up to £350,000 (at 100% fEC) and up to 24 months in duration.



Creative Economy Programme: Research and Partnership Development call for the Next Generation of Immersive Experiences 



AHRC and EPSRC invite proposals from interdisciplinary research partnerships that can create new knowledge and address major challenges for the development of the next generation of immersive experiences in the areas of memory; place; performance. 

Partnerships must be interdisciplinary and include academic researchers in disciplines appropriate to addressing the breadth of the challenges [i.e. within and beyond the Arts and Humanities] and creative economy partners who are looking to develop new products and services in these areas.


British Academy

Postdoctoral fellowships

Expected early Oct 2017


The scheme is open to outstanding early career researchers to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a university environment. The primary emphasis is on completion of a significant piece of publishable research, which will be assisted by full membership of an academic community of established scholars working in similar fields. Applicants must be a) supported by LSE (i.e. their department must agree to host the application); b) within 3 years of the award of their doctorate at the time of submission or have had their Viva examination by 1 April 2018; c) a UK/EEA citizen or have completed a doctorate at a UK university.



Knowledge Exchange Fellowship scheme  



This AHRC-ESRC-FCO Knowledge Exchange Fellowships scheme provides the opportunity for each intake of fellows to be seconded into the FCO to work alongside, advise and influence policymakers. Fellows will bring fresh thinking, depth and breadth of expert knowledge and apply their learning to policy challenges. This is not a scheme to support research projects about the FCO. It will build new capacity in the FCO and across the UK research base. 


Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research

Post-PhD Grants



These support individual research projects that demonstrate a clear link to anthropological theory and debates, and promise to make a solid contribution to advancing these ideas. Up to USD 20,000 can be applied for. 


Leverhulme Trust

Research fellowships

Expected early Nov 2017


The scheme offers up to £50,000 over three to 24 months for experienced researchers to conduct a programme of research in any discipline. Research fellowships are open to experienced researchers, particularly those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research. Awards are not limited to those holding appointments in higher education.


EU-India Platform for Social Sciences and Humanities (EqUIP)

Collaborative research on sustainability, equity, wellbeing and cultural connections 

Expected end Nov 2017

  The EU-India Platform for Social Sciences and Humanities (EqUIP) has announced its first research funding call aiming to bring together social science and humanities funders in India and Europe to support excellent and innovative research on sustainability, equity, wellbeing and cultural connections. The emphasis of the research will be on Indian and European dimensions, in both contemporary and historical contexts. With a total funding of €5.5 million, it is expected that six projects will be funded. Researchers from India, Finland, France, Norway, Poland, Slovenia and the UK are invited to apply. Further European countries may also be announced shortly. The call will open in August 2017 with an estimated deadline at end of November 2017.




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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.

EPSRC Discipline Hopping in Information and Communication Technologies Open call
  These fund ICT or non-ICT researchers to spend time in new and different research disciplines or user environments in order to foster new interactions, encourage a multidisciplinary and user-driven focus to research, and develop new skills and collaborations.

Projects should last between three and 12 months, although part-time awards may be awarded for up to 24 months.
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.



Secondary Data Analysis Initiative

Open call


The Secondary Data Analysis Initiative aims to deliver high-quality high-impact research through the deeper exploitation of major data resources created by the ESRC and other agencies. Proposals are welcome at any time. Funding is provided for up to 18 months with an overall limit of £200,000 (100 per cent fEC) per grant.




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.


Wellcome Trust

Public Engagement Fund

Open call


The fund is open to ‘anyone with a great idea for engaging the public in conversations about health-related science and research’, and is directed towards teams rather than individuals.

You can apply for anything from £5,000 up to £3 million. There are no deadlines for application. Decisions are made on a rolling basis and will take between 10-12 weeks. 


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.