External research funding

Browse external upcoming and open research funding calls


step 1 version 2

Contact your Head of Department to get in principle approval and discuss your research idea.

step 2 version 2

Contact our experienced Grant Applications Managers who will guide you through the application process.


step 3 version 2

Browse funding opportunites below to find a grant to suit you and discuss with your Grant Applications Manager.



Upcoming calls (chronological order)

Upcoming calls
 Funding scheme FunderDeadline 
Stein Rokkan Prize in Comparative Social Science Research ECPR 14/02/2020
The prize is open to works in comparative studies from all social science disciplines. It is given to a submission deemed by the Jury to be a substantial and original contribution in comparative social science research. Read more
Mid-Career Fellowship Independent Social Research Foundation 14/02/2020
Projects ranging across the breadth of the social scientific disciplines and interdisciplinary research fields are welcome, and relevant applications from scholars working within the humanities are also encouraged. Read more
Political Economy Research Fellowship Independent Social Research Foundation 14/02/2020
These support independent-minded researchers working in Political Economy, which the ISRF extends to include the social scientific study of economies across the whole range of the social sciences. The work would be conceptually innovative, interdisciplinary, and unlikely to be funded by existing funding bodies. Read more
Partnership Grants SSHRC 15/02/2020
For partnerships with Canadian institutions. These can be existing partnerships, looking for support to foster new research and/or research-related partnership activities that are distinct from the partnership’s previous/ongoing partnership activities. These can also be new partnerships looking for support to foster new research and/or research-related partnership activities that are undertaken by partnerships in their initial stages.

Partnership Grants are expected to respond to the objectives of the SSHRC Insight and/or the Connection program. Proposals exclusively for partnered research training initiatives are expected to respond, instead, to the objectives of the SSHRC Talent program. Read more
Global Professorships British Academy 19/02/2020
This programme provides mid-career to senior scholars in any discipline within the humanities and social sciences, who are currently employed outside the United Kingdom, with the opportunity to be based for four years in the UK and make a contribution to UK research and higher education. The Global Professorships are expected to add significant value to the UK host institutions and vice versa, and thus the projects must be significant, leading to novel and innovative collaborations. The British Academy will provide funding of up to £187,500 per annum, and up to £750,000 over four years. The host UK institution is expected to contribute up to £37,500 per annum (or 20% of the Academy’s annual contribution) towards the costs of the Professorship, excluding indirect and estate costs. Read more
Computational Social Science Small Grants Russell Sage Foundation 17/03/2020
Supports innovative social science research that brings new data and methods to bear on questions of interest in Behavioural Economics, Future of Work, Race, Ethnicity and Immigration, and Social, Political and Economic Inequality. Limited consideration will be given to research that focuses primarily on methodologies, such as causal inference and innovations in data collection. Read more
Early Career Fellowships The Leverhulme Trust 27/02/2020
These three year fellowships are available to applicants who have not held a full-time, permanent academic post, and submitted their thesis for examination after 27 February 2016 (career breaks will be taken into consideration). Please note that the scheme requires match funding from the institution, so it is important to talk to your department before proceeding with an application. Read more
Research Project Grants The Leverhulme Trust 21/03/2020
For researchers based at universities to undertake an innovative and original research project. The maximum grant value is £500,000. Research Project Grants may be held for up to five years. Read more
Postdoctoral Fellowships ESRC 23/03/2020
Aimed at those in the immediately postdoctoral stage of their career, to provide the opportunity to consolidate their PhD through developing publications, their networks, and their research and professional skills. 

More information on the LSE application process. More information from ESRC

If you have additional queries, please contact phdacademy@lse.ac.uk.

Open calls and various deadlines (alphabetical order)

Open calls
 Funding schemeFunderDeadline
Research Networking Scheme   AHRC Open
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. Read more
 Fellowship Scheme   AHRC Open
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 for Early Career Scheme and Standard Scheme
 Research Grants  AHRC Open
The scheme is divided into two routes: Standard Scheme and Early Career Scheme. The standard awards are designed to enable researchers to collaborate with, 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. Read more about Standard Scheme and Early Career Scheme
Collaborative Research Grants UKRI/Sao Paolo Research Foundation  Open
The UK Research Councils, 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. Read more
Co-funding Research Projects   UKRI/NSF Open
The UK Research Councils, 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 the relevant UK Research Council’s funding rules. Funding for the US part of the project must comply with NSF’s normal funding rules for unsolicited proposals. Read more
Funding for International Activities  British Academy Various
Details of country-specific agreements and special programmes; international collaborative programmes; special Joint Project programmes and other relevant Academy schemes. Read more
Small Research Grants British Academy/ Leverhulme Trust  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. Read more
Small Grants Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
31 March and 30 September 
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. Read more about Small Grants and Daiwa Foundation Awards 
Fellowships Scheme  EPSRC Open
A Fellowship is a personal award, designed to provide the recipient with the necessary support to establish or further develop themselves as a leader of the future. This type of award enables you to devote most of your time to a program of activities to deliver your proposed research vision. An EPSRC Fellowship is aimed to position yourself and your research topic within the wider academic field, to develop your leadership by establishing or extending your research group, and to act as an advocate for the STEM disciplines in general and EPSRC specifically. Read more
Discipline Hopping in Information and Communication Technologies EPSRC Open
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. Read more
Research Grants Scheme ESRC Open
A flexible research grants scheme offering awards ranging from £350k to £1m. The choice of topic is yours provided it falls within ESRC's remit. Read more
Secondary Data Analysis Initiative ESRC Open
The Secondary Data Analysis Initiative aims to deliver high-quality high-impact research through the deeper exploitation of major data resources created by 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. Read more
Training Bursaries for Social Scientists ESRC Open
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 are currently being accepted. Read more
Call for Proposals - Horizon 2020 Marie Curie Actions European Commission Various
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 Research and Innovation. Contact rescon@lse.ac.uk.
Research Networks European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Open
 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. 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. Read more
ERC Advanced Investigators Grants European Research Council TBA
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. Read more
Proof of Concept European Research Council January
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. Read more
Innovation Projects Global Innovation Fund Open
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. Read more
Research Project Grants Leverhulme Trust Various
To provide financial support for innovative and original research projects of high quality and potential, the choice of theme and the design of the research lying entirely with the applicant. Research and Innovation 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. Read more 
Research Interests and Contact Details for the London Sustainability Exchange (LSx) London Sustainability Exchange (LSx) TBA
The LSx runs innovative action research projects with communities and businesses across London. Read more
Social Science Small Grants Scheme Nuffield Foundation March
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. Read more 
Grants and Fellowships  United States Institute of Peace TBA
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. Read more
Small Grants Wellcome Trust Open
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. Read more
Public Engagement Fund Wellcome Trust Open
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. Read more
Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship Wenner Gren May
To support the writing-up of already completed research in anthropology. $40,000 is provided. Read more


Further guidance