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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:

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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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Business and Local Government Data Research Centre

Expressions of interest to use data services



The Business and Local Government Data Research Centre has extended its call for ’Expressions of Interest’ for academic researchers to apply to use its data resources.

The Centre has datasets including:

  • Footfall data
  • Company performance data
  • Councillor data
  • Care home data
  • Vulnerable children data
  • Health weight data

If your research has the potential to benefit society then you can apply now to access the datasets.


Paris Institute for Advanced Studies

Residency Fellowships




These enable established scholars and scientists in the humanities, social sciences and related fields to work freely on a project of their choice while benefiting from the scientific environment of the institute and creating contacts with researchers in Paris. Open to:


•senior university professors or researchers holding a permanent position in a university or research institution and having a minimum of 10 years of full time research experience after their PhD;

•junior scholars having the status of postdoctoral researcher or holding a position in a university or research institution, and having a minimum of two and maximum of nine years of research experience after the PhD.

The institute will host 20 guests for periods of five or nine months. 


Austrian Exchange Service (OEAD)

Richard Plaschka Fellowship PostDoc



This enables postdoctoral researchers whose main focus is Austrian history to work as visiting researchers and carry out specialist studies in libraries, archives or at research institutions in Austria. The grant is worth €1,150 per month, accident and health insurance, accommodation plus a travel subsidy of up to €1,000 for scholars from non-European developing countries. Grants are awarded for between four to 12 months.


Leverhulme Trust

Philip Leverhulme Prizes

Internal selection: 12:00 on 06/03/2017


Philip Leverhulme Prizes recognise the achievement of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising. Every year the prize scheme makes up to thirty awards of £100,000, across a range of academic disciplines.

Institutions may only submit up to three nominations per subject area. Further details on the internal selection process in place for this call are available here. 



Research Fellowships



The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Leibniz Association invite applications for their research fellowships. These enable international postdoctoral researchers to conduct research at one of the Leibniz institutes in Germany. Each applicant must have completed their PhD studies or equivalent no more than two years previously and should have an excellent knowledge of English. Applicants should not be German nationals, nor should they have resided in Germany for more than six months prior to applying. Grants provide a monthly instalment of €2,000, insurance and a research allowance of €460 per year, over one year.



Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI) Department for Education (DfE) Highlight Notice

16:00 on 10/03/2017

  Funding for this highlight notice is being provided by the Department for Education in order to produce insight into policy areas of interest to the Department and to promote the use of relevant datasets. The highlight notice provides up to 18 months funding for grants with an overall limit of £200,000 (100 per cent full Economics Cost (fEC). It is expected to fund around two projects in 2017.  

Understanding Society

UK Longitudinal Study Call I:  Competition for early access to EU Referendum data




To understand why Britain decided to leave the European Union, Understanding Society is offering researchers the chance to access early EU Referendum data which captures the opinions of thousands of people living in the UK.


In order to better inform policy and public debate, the data generated from the EU Referendum question is going to be made available to a limited number of researchers in April 2017.



British Academy

Newton Advanced Fellowships



An opportunity for mid-career international researchers to develop their research capabilities, through training, collaboration and visits with a partner in the UK. Currently only available for researchers in the following countries: Malaysia, Thailand and Turkey.



Sustainable Urban Global Initiative (SUGI)/Food-Water-Energy Nexus



This call is jointly established by the Belmont Forum and the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe. It aims to develop more resilient and applied urban solutions that bring inter- and trans-disciplinary research and innovation together from across the globe, to benefit a much wider range of stakeholders including cities, civil society and business. The rapid urbanisation of the world’s population underscores the importance of this focus.

Applicants located in the following countries are eligible to apply as Main Applicant or Co-applicant, irrespective of their nationality: Argentina, Australia (to be confirmed), Austria, Belgium, Brazil (state of São Paulo), Chinese Taipei, Cyprus, France, Germany, Japan, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Slovenia, South Africa (to be confirmed), Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Applicants from other countries may participate as a Co-operation Partner.

Pre-proposals will be submitted via the Austrian Research Promotion Agency and full proposals via ESRC.


British Academy

Newton Mobility Grants



The British Academy invites applications for its Newton mobility grants for Turkey, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand. These provide support for international researchers based in a partner country to establish and develop collaboration with UK researchers around a specific jointly defined research project. 


Understanding Society


UK Longitudinal Study Call II:  Innovation Panel Competition


  Have you got a worthy research idea, but need certain data to carry out your work? Are you a researcher wanting to develop an experimental or methodological element?

You can enter the competition to test-bed your experiment.

Experiments may address a wide range of social science questions or methodological experiments, but must all meet some very specific criteria.

Proposals may address substantive social science questions or methodological issues that advance longitudinal survey research methodology.

- Substantive social science studies must include experiments or evaluations of questions for measuring new content.

-Methodological studies could relate to the design of survey instruments (e.g. question wording, item order, etc) or to survey design features (e.g. procedures intended to reduce non-response or to improve fieldwork efficiency).


LSE International Inequalities Institute

Research Innovation Fund




The International Inequalities Institute (III) has opened the third round of its Research Innovation Fund. Grant applications up to £10,000 to support and facilitate research and research-related activities relevant to any aspect of inequality will be considered.

The aim of the fund is to support a range of different kinds of research projects across the School, on a variety of aspects of inequalities. The grants are intended for members of the academic staff of the LSE on a salary band 7 or above, whose continuous employment demonstrates a substantial long-term commitment to the School, and who would be employed for the duration of the grant. 


Please address any queries to the Institute manager Liza Ryan.




Transformations to Sustainability (T2S)

12:00 on 05/04/2017


The Transformations to Sustainability (T2S) call is a concerted research initiative to boost research on transformations to sustainability, and catalyse new kinds of solutions to environmental and social challenges.

T2S will be implemented as a Belmont Forum Collaborative Research Action (CRA) in cooperation with the NORFACE (New Opportunities for Research Funding Agencies Cooperation in Europe) network and the International Social Science Council (ISSC).

The programme is structured around three themes:

  1. Governance and institutional dimensions of transformations to sustainability 
  2. Economy and finance of transformations to sustainability
  3. Wellbeing, quality of life, identity, and social and cultural values in relation to transformations to sustainability

Up to €1,500,000 is available. Expressions of interest must be submitted by Noon on 5 April 2017 with full proposals in June 2017. 


Medical Research Council & partners

Global Research Programme: addressing the health needs of women and children in disadvantaged populations globally



To fund research that will impact the ability to prevent, diagnose and manage prevalent chronic and infectious diseases facing women and their unborn children in low- and middle-income (LMIC) settings. Research addressing these health issues will aim to have a positive effect on the life-course of the mother and her unborn children.

No maximum value of grants, but will not usually exceed £1m.


Leverhulme Trust

Major Research Fellowships

16:00 on 11/05/2017

  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.  
MRC/AHRC GCRF Global Public Health: Partnership Awards  08/06/2017

The overarching driver of this proposed partnership building activity is to build inter-disciplinary research capacity and capability in both the UK and developing countries, jointly and collaboratively, and across career stages. The joint funders aim to generate reciprocal benefits through integrating the understanding of cultures, beliefs and histories into medical and public health challenges in a global context, and to equip the next generation of researchers to work collaboratively, blending biomedical and humanities research with potential for impact in policy and practice around the world. 

Relevant themes, but are not limited to:

  • understanding public health in relation to cultural and population change, migration / mobility, cultural diversity
  • public health in cities and the effects of urban migration
  • contextually appropriate, user-led / co- design to improve health systems or services
  • delivery of public health programmes in relation to legal frameworks; belief systems and ethical considerations
  • trust in science  and community preparedness for medical research and trials
  • Addressing health challenges in contexts of humanitarian crises, including conflict



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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.

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.