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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 two steps below:

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  2. Browse our hand-picked selection of funding opportunities - Below we have selected and separated relevant funding for the social sciences into upcoming calls, recurrent calls, annual calls and 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]

ESRC National Centre for Research Methods

International Journal of Social Research Methodology seminar competition



The scheme aims to supports the development of critical and innovative approaches to ongoing and emerging methodological debates across a range of approaches, as these relate to philosophical, theoretical, ethical, and political issues. Awards up to £1,500 can be claimed per seminar organisation.


Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

JSPS Pre/Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers 


  Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is the leading research funding agency in Japan, established by the Japanese Government for the purpose of contributing to the advancement of science. Its Pre/Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (Short Term) provides the opportunity for researchers based outside of Japan to conduct collaborative research activities with leading research groups at Japanese Universities and Research Institutions for visits of between one to 12 months. Eligible applicants need to be either within two years of finishing their PhD at the time of applying to start their fellowship in Japan or have obtained their PhD after 2 April 2010. Eligible research fields are not limited. Fellowships must start between 1 May 2016 to 31 March 2017.  
British Academy Skills Innovator Awards 02/12/2015
  The Academy invites applications with the aim to promote innovative research methods using languages and quantitative skills. UK-residing applicants who will normally be within 15 years of the award of their doctorate can apply for up to £15K tenable for up to a year. The Academy expects applicants to experiment with new quantitative methods in research or new methods for language teaching in higher education.  
Gerda Henkel Foundation Security, Society and the State programme call 04/12/2015
  The Gerda Henkel Foundation invites proposals for its special programme on security, society and the state. This supports research projects in the following fields: challenges of new technologies; public administration and human security; patterns of conflict resolution between the state and traditional actors; non-governmental actors as partners and contenders of the state; security strategies between doctrine formation and implementation. The programme addresses scholars of all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Grants may cover costs for personnel, travel, materials or other costs.  
RCUK/Digital Catapult Centre Researcher in Residence 06/12/2015
  This enables researchers to spend time at the Digital Catapult Centre within junior or senior residency schemes. Junior residencies allow early career researchers to develop their existing research interests within a user-centred project in conjunction with the Digital Catapult. Senior residencies are targeted at exceptional researchers with a significant track record in current challenge areas or in potential novel areas of interest for the Digital Catapult. All applicants must have a contract of employment at a UK university. Grants, worth up to £25,000 each, are available to cover expenses such as salary costs, equipment, travel and accommodation.  
British Academy/JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships for Overseas Researchers 09/12/2015
  The British Academy is inviting applications from scholars for the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellowships for Overseas Researchers, where the Academy is a foreign Nominating Authority for the programme. Applications must be submitted via the e-GAP system. This scheme is for researchers in the UK who are at an early stage of their career and wish to conduct research in Japan for a period of 12-24 months.  
Wellcome Trust Collaborative Awards in Science 05/01/2016
  These support groups of independent researchers pursuing problems across the areas of science, humanities and social science and innovation. Project teams normally include up to six applicants, focusing on interdisciplinary and collaborative projects between e.g. basic scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and social scientists.  Projects can claim up to £4m over five years.  Eligible costs include research expenses, travel and subsistence, overseas allowances, research management and support costs  
Wellcome Trust Research Fellowships in Humanties and Social Science 22/01/2016
  This scheme supports humanities and social science scholars at all stages of their career but not in an established academic post, who wish to undertake a period of research in any area of human and animal health. Strong preference is given to applicants with a good prospect of achieving an academic career in the field. Applicants must be postdoctoral scholars but who are not in a tenured or otherwise long-term established post. Fellowships must be held at an institution in the UK, Republic of Ireland or a low- or middle-income country. Each applicant must have a sponsor who is an established member of the department in which the award is to be held.  
European Research Council Consolidator Grants 02/02/2016
  These are designed to support researchers at the stage at which they are consolidating their own independent research team or programme. The scheme will strengthen independent and excellent new individual research teams that have been recently created. Applicants of any nationality with over 7 and up to 12 years of experience since completion of PhD (or equivalent degree) and scientific track record showing great promise can apply for up to €2m over 5 years.  




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[listed in alphabetical order]

Link and Brief Abstract

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.  

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.


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


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


Link and Brief Abstract

Expected Closing Date [sorted by date]


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



Post-doctoral Fellowships call announced June 2014 (estimate): 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.







Administering Department
[listed in alphabetical order]


Link and Brief Abstract


Closing Date

Centre for Learning Technology

CLT Learning Technology Innovation Fund

Various Deadlines


Centre for Learning Technology (CLT) offer grants to teachers who wish to innovate in their teaching with the help of technology. 

It can be used for a variety of learning technology developments. In previous years, many LSE teachers have used CLT funding to employ a Moodle editor. We are now looking to attract academics who are interested in teaching innovations.

The call for projects is also issued 4 times per year with deadlines. Visit the CLT website for more information.


International Inequalities Institute

 Research Innovation Fund

To Be Advised


Grants are available up to a maximum of
£10,000 to support the research activities of members of LSE staff based in any
department or research centre related to inequality. 

Please address any queries to the Institute manager Liza Ryan.


Department of Law

Funding for events and research projects (Law staff only)

Open Call


Funding is available from the Law Department Research Committee for activities for which it is not appropriate to use individual research allowances, such as hospitality for speakers or visitors (other than for the LLM Specialist Seminars, for which separate funding is available), conferences, seminars or workshops. Grants of up to £5,000 are available, and applications are assessed in competition with others in the Department. You do not need to have exhausted your individual research allowance before applying.

It is assumed that applicants will investigate the possibility of external funding (for example via the Higher Education Innovation Fund, the British Academy or Research Councils) and you are accordingly asked on the form to provide information about the status of any such applications. Note that awards for the funding of events and research projects usually take the form of underwriting.

Applications for events and research projects should be made no less than one term, and no more than one year, in advance. For example, if you wish to hold an event in Lent Term 2015, you should apply no later than Michaelmas Term 2014/2015 and no earlier than Lent Term 2014.



LSE Institutional Publication Fund

Open Call


The LSE Institutional Publication Fund holds the RCUK block grant provided to help institutions meet the cost of article processing charges (APCs).  This covers peer-reviewed articles and proceedings papers arising from research funded wholly or in part by RCUK and which meet the following criteria:

1. peer-reviewed article or proceedings paper submitted from 1st April 2013

2. publication arises wholly or in part from RCUK funded research. 

3. journal complies with RCUK Policy on Open Access.

4. journal does not allow RCUK compliant Green deposit or there is a compelling case for choosing Gold Open Access. 

5. corresponding author or grant holder is a current member of LSE.

6. author or grant holder has deposited a copy of the paper in LSE Research Online.

To apply for the fund complete the form Open Access to RCUK Funded Research.


Middle East Centre

LSE Academic Collaboration with Arab Universities. Funded by the Emirates Foundation.

To Be Advised


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. Projects must involve a Principal Investigator (PI) from the LSE and a Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) from at least one Arab university. Individual projects may have a total budget of up to £120,000 and a term of between 12 and 36 months. Proposals should be accompanied by a completed budget template. Contact Robert Lowe for submissions and all enquiries.


Middle East Centre

LSE Kuwait Programme: Applied Research Funding 

To Be Advised


The Kuwait Programme on Development, Governance and Globalisation in the Gulf States invites applications from LSE colleagues to conduct systematic and practical enquiry into fundamental questions in the social sciences of relevance to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states. Applications should pertain to the Kuwait Programme’s research themes. Individual projects may have a total budget of up to £196,000.00 and a term of up to 24 months, provisional on satisfactory reporting to the Kuwait Programme after 12 months. For submissions and all enquiries contact Ian Sinclair.


Middle East Centre

Call for proposals

To Be Advised


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.

To apply:

Proposals should be submitted electronically in Word format to Chelsea Milsom.Proposals should be submitted jointly by the LSE and the Arab university PI and Co-PIs. Please complete a proposal in Word format of no more than 4,000 words. Proposals should address the five evaluation criteria laid out in the Selection Process section in the attached document.

Stage one – expression of interest
Applicants should submit an expression of interest outlining the project in no more than 500 words. This allows the Centre to ensure proposals fit with the programme criteria and goals before full applications are made.

Dowload criteria details

For submissions and all enquiries, please contact the projects coordinator Chelsea Milsom.


Research Division

IAA Impact Fund

Open Call


The Impact Fund is supported by the School’s Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) awarded by the ESRC.

This funding provides rapid response, competitive funding for activities that accelerate impact resulting from researchers’ timely response to current debates and challenges. 

For further information, please contact the KEI awards manager Marie Copperwaite.


Research Division

Research Infrastructure and Investment Fund (RIIF)



The School policy establishes that the Research Committee RIIF Fund will be used:

1. For any of the purposes of the departmental RIIF fund, where departmental RIIF or other funding is otherwise not available (adjudged by the Research Division), including to develop large and complex research projects and proposals.

2. At the discretion of the Chair of the Research Committee, taking executive action, for any of the purposes of the Pro Director’s RIIF fund, where the Pro-Director’s RIIF fund is not otherwise available.

3. For any other research-related investments or costs.

The RIIF Funding is comprised of a number of distinct funding schemes all subject to meeting specific criteria and funds being available:

• RIIF Seed Fund: providing up to £30,000 for small projects that are likely to lead to large grant proposals to external bodies

• RIIF Open Fund: providing awards for projects that are likely to lead to REFable outputs

• RIIF Bridging Fund: providing up to three months’ support for bridging research staff between grants

• PDR RIIF Underwriting Fund: providing up to two years’ underwriting of research staff contracts

• RIIF Matching Fund: funding for researchers whose successful fellowship applications to external bodies need to be match-funded by the School for the duration of the fellowship due to external funder’s regulations.

First RIIF application deadline: Friday 23 October 2015.

Second RIIF application deadline: Friday 26 February 2016.

Third RIIF application deadline: Friday 27 May 2016.

To apply contact the relevant grant application manager for your department or centre.

Download guidance notes for RIIF schemes and an application form.


Research Division

AXA Postdoctoral Fellowships 2016 

To Be Advised


Each year, the AXA Research Fund offers funding for twenty-five Postdoctoral Fellowships to outstanding researchers. LSE has been successful in this scheme for two consecutive years.

Institutions are awarded €130,000 for the appointment of a Postdoctoral Fellow for twenty-four months. Where there is a deficit in funding for the appointed candidate, departments are asked to use their own funds. The School may offer funding support where departmental RIIF or other funding is otherwise not available (adjudged by the Research Development Panel).

Details of the selection criteria and research areas supported are copied below, with further information in the attached modus operandi. Unlike previous years, AXA asks that candidates have a change of institution and/or country between current institution and future postdoctoral position (unless there is clear justification for remaining at the same institution).  

Proposals must contain:

  • Email/letter of support from proposed supervisor and Head of Department
  • Synopsis of the postdoctoral project: 1.5 pages max + references
  • Detailed CV: 2 pages max
  • Career statement: 1 page max, detailing link between PhD thesis and the postdoctoral project.

Download application guidelines

The School is only permitted to submit one proposal to AXA. All proposals will first be considered by the Research Development Panel, who will select one to be submitted to AXA.  
Proposals should be submitted via email to Kathryn Darling


Research Division

Santander Travel Research Fund

Open Call


The fund supports visits by LSE academic staff and PhD students to universities and other organisations in the Santander Universidades Network, which covers the countries comprising Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela, Spain, Portugal and the UK.

There are a minimum of ten awards of up to £2,500 each available for the 2015/16 academic year..

Santander Travel Research Fund notes 

For further information and to request an application form, please contact Jane Ellison, Research Division, outlining purpose of travel, destination country and approximate funding required.



STICERD Grants for LSE Staff

To Be Advised


Applications considered for grants to fund research and research-related activities from staff whose continuous employment demonstrates a substantial long-term commitment to the School. Support offered in two main categories: Small Grants and Conferences.



STICERD Visitors' Programme

Open Call


To enable academics, normally from abroad, to visit the School for an extended period and interact with staff and students. Funding up to £2k per month


Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC)

TLC Grants for LSE Staff

Various Deadlines


LSE's Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) administers funding for a wide range of activities: teaching and learning development projects, external training for academic staff, and away days and tailored training events for departments, institutes and research centres.