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Cambridge Humanities Research Grants scheme

The Cambridge Humanities Research Grants scheme (CHRG)



The Cambridge Humanities Research Grants scheme (CHRG) supports research in the arts, humanities and social sciences across the University. The scheme welcomes applications from any independent researcher holding a current contract of employment at the point of application

The Scheme is designed to enable researchers to conduct small-scale research activities, of the highest quality, that will enable them to bid successfully for larger-scale funding from external sponsors, and/or to generate publications, and/or to contribute materially in other ways towards the research objectives of their home institution.


Awards are made in three Tiers, each with their own objectives:

Tier 1) Newton Trust Small grants - up to £1.5k

  • Short-term support for initial/experimental research, or to expedite a research output.

Tier 2) Standard grants - £1-20k

  • General research grants, to be assessed on academic quality.

Tier 3) International Exchange/Collaboration grants - £1-10k

  • Provides funding for joint research activities between Cambridge researchers and researchers based outside the UK whose institutions will match the Cambridge contribution. Currently Cambridge has a formal matched funding agreement with Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL), but Tier 3 is not limited to PSL collaborations and welcomes partnerships with any non-UK institution.



The principal criterion for each Tier of the CHRG scheme is academic quality as assessed by the cross-School selection panel. Priorities of the scheme include direct support for research assistance, support for publication activities, fieldwork support and support for impact activities, amongst others (see 2.3).

All applicants are advised to liaise with their home Department or Faculty to confirm support before making an application.


Isaac Newton Trust support:

The CHRG receives part-funding from the Isaac Newton Trust. The Newton Trust is distinct from the CHRG in both its aims and research grants policy. While Tier 2 of the CHRG aims to provide ‘seed funding’ which will then enable larger-scale funding, the Newton Trust’s Research Grants scheme supports innovative research through initial partner funding, bridge funding or match-funding amongst other objectives.[1] Applicants are requested please to avoid duplicate applications to the respective schemes.

Unsuccessful applicants to this Scheme may not apply to the Isaac Newton Trust's main research grant programme[2] for the same project; successful CHRG applicants cannot apply to that programme in the same year for matching funding based on these grants, though the Trust might be prepared subsequently to consider applications to extend the work, in line with its own research grant criteria.



There are two open calls each year, with deadlines in the Michaelmas and Lent Terms. A cross-School panel will be convened comprising the Head of each of the two Schools, plus another senior academic from each School.


Applications must be made using the online system:


More information:

Examples of recent successful applications from each of the Tiers can be found here.

For further details, please see the full scheme notes here.

For details about how your personal information
will be used as part of this application process, please see

Researchers seeking advice about planning, designing and delivering impact activities should consider contacting the Impact Facilitator for guidance.

Any queries regarding the CHRG scheme can be directed to