Research Funding Opportunities – School of Social Sciences

This post provides information on the latest funding opportunities for your School.    You will still be able to conduct your own searches via Research Professional and Grantfinder in the usual way or contact the RSB Office and we will assist you. Information on  current  calls with no deadlines is available on the RSBO web pages. 

AHRC Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement

The Arts and Humanities Research Council’s follow-on funding scheme has re-opened, with a greater emphasis on impact and a reduced upper limit. After two name-changes, the scheme has re-opened as follow-on funding for impact and engagement, and now offers up to £100,000 for engagement and knowledge exchange projects.

  • 23 September 2013: HEA, Mike Baker doctoral programme Funding is available for doctoral studentships that support the academy’s research strategy of developing pedagogical knowledge and evidence-based practice in higher education. The following conditions apply:
    •the proposed topic should be discipline-specific learning and teaching research or interdisciplinary and generic pedagogical research, and should have a clear benefit to either practice or to policy on practice;
    •a supportive environment for the student and completion and delivery of research outcomes are a high priority;
    •dissemination of research outcomes are fundamental to both the HEA and the wider community and should be identified clearly in any application.
    Studentships are intended for students who hold a masters degree and are capable of undertaking high-quality research. Supervisors in UK higher education institutions that subscribe to the HEA are eligible to apply.
    Funding will be provided for up to three years of full-time study. Funding covers fees, maintenance and research skills development and is worth £20,172 per year in London, or £18,172 per year outside of London.
  • 1 October 2013: National Humanities Center, Fellowships The National Humanities Center offers 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities for the period September 2014 through May 2015.
    Find out more about the Fellowships on the National Humanities Center website.
  • 3 October 2013: AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards These awards are intended to encourage and develop collaboration between higher education institution departments and non-academic organisations and businesses by providing opportunities for doctoral students to gain experience of work outside an academic environment.
    Awards are designed to encourage and establish links that are beneficial for both collaborating partners. Research students, jointly supervised by members from each partner organisation, will carry out a project that falls within the AHRC’s subject domain and that will lead to a doctoral qualification by the end of the award.
    A highlight notice for design research is in place under this scheme, under which applicants may submit up to three applications.
    Applications should be made jointly by a department in a recognised UK higher education institution and a non-academic organisation from the private, public or voluntary sector. Non-academic partners must normally be UK-based operations. Applicants may apply for up to two studentships under one application. Full-time awards are tenable for up to three years.
    Award holders will receive a standard doctoral studentship and an additional annual payment of £550. AHRC recommends that the non-academic partner make an additional maintenance payment to the student in the region of £1,000 per year.
  • 10 October 2013:  Leverhulme Trust, Visiting ProfessorshipsThe objective of these awards is to enable distinguished academics based overseas to spend between three and twelve months inclusive at a UK university, primarily in order to enhance the skills of academic staff or the student body within the host institution. It is recognised that Visiting Professors may also wish to use the opportunity to further their own academic interests. The over-riding criteria for selection are first the academic standing and achievements of the visitor in terms of research and teaching, and secondly the ability of the receiving institution to benefit from the imported skills and expertise. Priority will be given to new or recent collaborative ventures.
  • 31 October 2013:Socio-Legal Studies Association, Small Research Grants, The scheme’s aim is to support work for which other funding sources would not be appropriate and to encourage socio-legal research initiatives in a practical way. The overall budget is £10,000 and grants are worth up to £2,000 each.
    Applications will be considered only from those who are fully paid-up members (or registered as free student members) of the association, wherever they live
  • 23 November 2013:Royal Geographical Society, Hong Kong research grant, This enables a postgraduate student in the UK or China to undertake geographical research in the Greater China region including the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong. The research must be of relevance to the applicant’s studies and must last more than four weeks. Applicants must be postgraduate students registered with a university and should be undertaking a PhD course. Strong preference will be given to those projects working closely with the host community. A single grant of up to £2,500 is available to cover expenses for travel, equipment, data collection and subsistence in the field.
  • 23 November 2013: Royal Geographical Society, Peter Fleming Award, This is for a research project that seeks to advance geographical science. Proposals can be made in any field of geography, provided the project can demonstrate genuine advancement of current knowledge. The project may be field, laboratory or desk-based, or any combination of these elements, and can focus on the UK, other parts of Europe, or overseas.
    Eligible candidates must hold a doctorate, have a proven research record and either be working within a UK higher education institution or as an independent researcher within the UK. Applicants must be UK nationals. The award has a value of up to £9,000 and is open to both individuals and teams
  • 29 November 2013: University of East Anglia, Visiting research fellowships Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas invites applications for its visiting research fellowships. Two fellowships are available to conduct research for publication pertaining to the arts in Africa, Oceania and the Americas. Fellowships have a normal duration of three months. Fellows are expected to give at least two presentations, in the form of lectures or seminars, during the fellowship period.
    Scholars in the fields of the humanities, social sciences, anthropology, art history, archaeology, history and related disciplines are eligible to apply. Applicants must hold a PhD, though advanced PhD candidates may occasionally be considered. The fellowship stipend is £396 per week for 12 weeks, plus return travel costs up to a maximum of £750. The fellow must reside in Norwich for the duration of the fellowship except for brief research trips. Award max £5,500
  • 29 November 2013: University of London, Short term fellowships. Fellowships are tenable for two, three or four months in the academic year 2014-2015, and enable fellows to conduct research into cultural and intellectual history. The following fellowships are available:
    •the Brian Hewson Crawford fellowship – a two-month fellowship for the study of any aspect of the classical tradition, open to European scholars other than of British nationality;
    •the Alan Deyermond Fellowship – a two-month fellowship to undertake research on a project related to Spanish or Portuguese literature, culture or visual arts before 1600 with a preference for the Medieval period;
    •the Henri Frankfort fellowship – a two-month fellowship for the study of the intellectual and cultural history of the ancient Near East;
    •the Albin Salton fellowship – a two-month fellowship for research into the cultural contacts between Europe, the East and the New World in the late medieval, Renaissance and early-modern periods;
    •the Grete Sondheimer fellowship – a two-month fellowship to be held in any of the areas of interest of the institute;
    •the Frances A Yates fellowships – a number of two-, three- and four-month fellowships for research into any aspect of cultural and intellectual history, with preference given to work on the medieval and Renaissance encyclopaedia of knowledge;
    •Brill Fellowships at the Centre for the History of Arabic Studies in Europe – postdoctoral researchers may apply for a two-, three- or four-month fellowship for research projects on any aspect of the relations between Europe and the Arab world from the Middle Ages to the 19th century.
    All fellowships are generally intended for early-career scholars. Candidates must have completed at least one year’s research on their doctoral dissertation at the time of application or, if postdoctoral, must normally have been awarded their doctorate within the preceding five years. Fellowships are worth £2,500 for two months, £3,600 for three months and £4,800 for four months.
  • 30 November 2013: Royal Geographical Society, Neville Shulman challenge award The Royal Geographical Society invites applications for the Neville Shulman challenge award. This aims to further the understanding and exploration of the planet, its cultures, peoples and environments, while promoting personal development through the intellectual or physical challenges involved in the completion of research or an expedition.
    Lead applicants must be UK nationals. The project can be desk or field based and can be carried out in the UK or overseas.
    The award is worth £10,000.
  • 15 January 2014: AHRC, Highlight notice for connected communities and design research grants These are offered in the AHRC’s standard and early career grants routes for projects which explore the contributions that design can make to the connected communities programme. As well as meeting the normal requirements for standard and early career research grants, applications must:
    •be inter- or cross-disciplinary, combining perspectives, approaches and expertise from design and from arts and humanities subject areas;
    •engage with communities through all stages of the research process;
    •involve strong collaborative partnerships with organisations outside the higher education institution sector and include a highly developed or innovative approach to creating pathways for impact for the research;
    •demonstrate a strong fit to the aims and objectives of the connected communities programme.
    Applicants must be eligible for standard AHRC funding. Grants are worth up to £250,000 for early career researchers and up to £1.5 million for the standard research grant route
  • 20 January 2014: HEA, International Scholarships  This scheme is aimed at supporting individuals in the higher education sector to undertake specific investigations outside of the UK and deliver specific outcomes for dissemination within the UK sector through various means, as appropriate to enhance student learning experience in the UK. There is a significant need for international policy and practice in higher education learning and teaching to be shared and learnt from within the UK sector, hence scholars should bring back interesting, challenging and innovative learning and teaching practices. The scholarship should align with at least one of the academy’s priority themes of:
    •assessment and feedback;
    •education for sustainable development;
    •employability;
    •internationalisation;
    •flexible learning;
    •online learning;
    •retention and success, including widening access, gender and transition issues;
    •reward and recognition;
    •students as partners.
    Individuals in higher education providers that subscribe to the HEA are eligible to apply. Applicants should be at postgraduate level with a minimum of five years’ experience in the UK higher education sector. Scholarships are worth up to £20,000 over three to six months.

Please contact a member of the RSB team for more information on upcoming deadlines.  This may not be an exhaustive list of deadlines and could be subject to change, so please continue to contact us for information and support relating specifically to your research and knowledge transfer priorities.

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