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Fellowships and Research Leave Schemes

AHRC Leadership Fellows Scheme (formerly ‘Standard Fellowships’)

Deadline: open call.

This scheme offers opportunities for researchers and research organisations to work to increase leadership capacity and capabilities through programmes of development, training, and engagement. Funding of between £50,000 and £250,000 (full economic cost) is provided. The minimum duration is six months and the maximum duration is eighteen months for applicants on a full time contract. Funding will be provided for salary, travel and subsistence, consumables and items of equipment costing less than £10,000. Funding may be provided for a small period of research assistance (not exceeding 12 months full time equivalent) however the Fellow must conduct the majority of the work.


AHRC-Smithsonian Fellowships in Digital Scholarship

Deadline: Currently closed.

The joint fellowship programme in digital scholarship will be research-based and enable eligible scholars from UK institutions to undertake research at the Smithsonian, and for eligible scholars from US institutions to undertake research at leading museums and cultural/heritage institutions in the UK. 

The fellowships will be held for a one-year period, including a 3-6 month funded placement, and should form part of a wider research project. 


British Academy / Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships

Deadline: Scheme currently closed. Will open in October 2019 with a deadline in November 2019.

The BA/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowships are intended to enable established scholars, needing relief from teaching and administration, to have the time to bring to completion a significant piece of research, through sustained period of leave for one year. 


British Academy Wolfson Research Professorships

Deadline: Currently closed.

Awards designed to give an opportunity for extended research leave to a small number of the most outstanding established scholars to enable them to concentrate on a significant research programme, while freed from normal teaching and administrative commitments. 


British Academy Global Professorships 2018/2019

Internal selection currently closed for the 2018/2019 rounds.

The new Global Professorship programme aims to demonstrate and further enhance the UK’s commitment to international research partnerships and collaboration, and is intended to strengthen the UK’s research capacity and capability in the humanities and the social sciences. Awards are intended for established researchers to support their individual research goals within the context of the strategy of their host UK university.


The Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF)Mid-Career Research Fellowship

Deadline: Currently closed.

The Foundation intends to make a small number of awards to support original interdisciplinary research, across the range of the social sciences, to be held from a start date no later than the end of December 2019. Scholars from within Europe are eligible to apply.  The ISRF expects applications for grants up to a maximum of £60,000 or €67,500† to buy-out the cost of all teaching and associated administration in the applicant’s home institution for up to 12 months.


Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowships

Opens in September 2019.

Offering up to £55,000 over three to twenty-four months for experienced researchers to conduct a programme of research in any discipline. 

Research Fellowships are open to experienced researchers, particularly those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research. Awards are not limited to those holding appointments in higher education.

Fellowships are tenable for between 3 and 24 months.


Leverhulme Trust International Academic Fellowship

Opens in September 2019.

Enabling established researchers based at a UK higher education institution to spend a period of time in overseas research centres, to develop new knowledge, skills and ideas. Up to £45,000 is available for a period of three to twelve months. 

International Academic Fellowships provide established researchers with a concentrated period based in one or more research centres outside the UK. 


Leverhulme Trust Emeritus Fellowship

Currently closed.

Emeritus Fellowships enable senior established researchers to complete a research project and  prepare the results for publication.

The maximum value of a Fellowship is £22,000. Eligible costs include: travel and subsistence costs for periods away from home; the employment of a research, clerical or secretarial assistant to support the work; photocopies; photographic expenses; office or laboratory consumables. There is no provision for a personal maintenance allowance or remuneration for the applicant. Fellowships are tenable for 3-24 months.


Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowships

ROO 7-day Deadline: 4pm, 23 April 2019

ROO 5-day Deadline: 4pm, 25 April 2019

National Deadline: 4pm, 2 May 2019 

These awards enable well-established and distinguished researchers in the humanities and social sciences to devote themselves to a single research project of outstanding originality and significance, capable of completion within two or three years. Candidates should state explicitly what the proposed outcomes of the award will be. Fellowships are particularly aimed at those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research.


Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorships

ROO 1-day deadline: 8 May 2019

National Deadline: 9 May 2019.

Awarded to UK institutions that wish to invite an eminent researcher from overseas to enhance the knowledge and skills of academic staff or the student body within the host institution. The scheme covers maintenance, travel expenses and research costs. Visiting Professorships last for between three and twelve months.


Wellcome Trust Research Fellowships

Deadline: Currently closed.

This scheme supports humanities researchers and social scientists who want to explore areas of health but do not hold established academic posts.

Awards in both fields are expected to run for a maximum of three years and Research Fellows are expected to work full time on their projects (however part-time working may be considered on an exceptional basis). Awards include a salary and essential research expenses (full details of the latter are available on the website). Awards will not usually exceed £275,000.