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Funding Schemes Timetable for AHSS

Funding Schemes Timetable for Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Download Funding Schemes Timetable here.

Not all funders and funding schemes use deadlines; very substantial amounts of funding are available through schemes without deadlines. These include the AHRC standard grant, ESRC standard grant (both up to five years and £1million at full economic costing), Leverhulme Project Grant (up to £500,000, not full economic costing), AHRC Leadership Fellow scheme, AHRC network grant and ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative Grants (up to 18 months and £200,000).  For these schemes, applications can be submitted at any time.

A useful link to all British Academy research funding schemes, including the Newton Fund schemes it manages, is available here:    

As part of its 2015 spending review, the UK government provided £1.5 billion of Official Development Assistance for research – the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) (mainly for research projects) and the Newton Fund (mainly mobility fellowships and institutional partnerships). Funding applications need to be compliant with official development assistance requirements and link with ODA recipient countries. The current financial allocation will run until 2020/21 and is gradually rolled out with particular increase from 2017/18. We are therefore expecting increasing funding opportunities under this label starting especially from 2016/17 and 2017/18. In order to put ourselves in a position to respond to these early planning would be advisable because the calls will have a quick turn-around. Calls under the GCRF are NOT included in the table below. These can be found on the pages decided to the GCRF on the RCUK website, through individual Research Council websites (e.g. the ESRC or AHRC); or by subscribing to the Research Professional funding newsletter: (a search on Research Professional can be easily set up and personalised to generate a weekly personalised funding newsletter).

The schemes listed in the timetable are generic across the arts, humanities and social sciences. Almost all subject areas will have subject specific funders with schemes for early career and established researchers. These tend to be less competitive and can be found via Research Professional alongside all other funding options for UK researchers, including those offered by the European Commission (e.g. topics under Horizon 2020’s Societal Challenges and frontier research projects led by individual PIs funded by the European Research Council). A search on Research Professional can be setup to generate a weekly personalised funding newsletter.

Some information about subject-specific funding opportunities may also be found on Department/Faculty websites or newsletters. Departmental contacts for Research Grant Administration can be found at

For further information about these schemes or research funding more generally, contact the School Research Facilitators: Dr Matt Hann (EU and International; and Dr Anna Cieslik (UK-funding;

Download Funding Schemes Timetable here.

Last updated on 05 October 2018, AC