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Introduction

Fellowships for AHSS Researchers


 

Research Grants for AHSS Researchers


 

An Overview of Funding Types

Most research funding comes under three general types: research grants, fellowships and networking grants. Although numerous differences exist within and across these types, they nevertheless have certain central features. An overview of the main funding types is summarised in this table:

type of schemeresearch modeResearch costsTeaching replacement
Grant Collaborative Most research costs Not necessarily
Fellowship Individual Some research costs Up to 100%
Network Collaborative Mainly workshops and coordination No

Grants

A research grant will usually seek to cover a percentage of your research time for working on a specific research project and will, depending on its size, often involve collaboration with colleagues and/or other team members. Research grants are not designed to necessarily cover or buy-out any teaching and/or administrative duties you might have. Although teaching buy-out is often allowed by the funder, it is an internal arrangement between you and your faculty.

View a list of Research Grants available for AHSS researchers.

 

Fellowships

Fellowships, meanwhile, are usually for individuals and as such are designed to cover 100% of your time, so both research and teaching, with the money you receive mainly being used to replace your teaching duties. This relief is designed to allow you enough time to dedicate to a significant research project, so will often be for a shorter time-period than research grants.

View a list of Research Fellowships available for AHSS researchers.

 

Networking grants

Finally, networking grants are aimed at covering the costs of various types of meetings that are held under a central research topic. Funds will not cover your research time nor your teaching, being wholly centred on getting researchers together so as to answer certain key research questions.

View a list of Networking Grants available for AHSS researchers.

 

Small-scale funding

Smaller-scale funding for accessing archives, collections, and libraries can also prove to be an invaluable resource. A useful tool for searching for these (and indeed all) types of funding is the Research Professional database. This is a comprehensive funding opportunities database that offers researchers the opportunity to search for research funding in all disciplines from a wide range of sponsors in the UK and overseas. You should have access to the website as a member of the University.  

Various internal funding streams are also available to AHSS researchers.

 

Eligibility

After deciding which funding type is most appropriate for your research ideas it is crucial to check funder eligibility before moving forward. Please ensure that your department is supportive of your application as the University is only able to submit research funding applications on this basis. The University may also have additional requirements for submitting an application such as match-funding requirements by the funder, institutional support letters or internal selection if only a limited number of applications can be submitted.

Commonly funder eligibility criteria refer to

  • time since PhD (please not that some funders exclude career breaks such as maternity leave);
  • whether or not presently in University affiliation;
  • whether in permanent or temporary contract.

You can use this table, based on 'years since PhD', as an overview of some of the most popular funding schemes in the arts, humanities and social sciences and a starting point for checking your eligibility. Please check all eligibility criteria in the funder's most recent scheme notes. You can find more information about individual funding schemes on the left-hand bar as well as through Research Professional. General advice on writing competitive applications, available peer review and ethics approval etc can be found in the Resources section.

  

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