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Grants and fellowships

Funding sources

Grants and fellowships can be sourced from Research Councils, a wide variety of charities and societies, and universities. You should at least familiarise yourself with the major research funders in your field, such as those listed below. Competition for funding is fierce, so it pays to diversify your grant-seeking behaviour and be vigilant for new opportunities.

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Research Councils (external links)


Major charities and societies (external links)


Application support and guidance

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If you're thinking of applying for a grant or fellowship, support is available to assist you in preparing your application. The following contacts are able to provide guidance at all stages of the process:

  • In each school/department or faculty, there is a Business Development contact who you can approach for subject-specific advice on your application.
  • Researcher Training and Development Managers offer faculty-specific training and are also able to provide application advice on a one-to-one level.
  • Centre for Advanced Studies (incorporating HSSRC) offers advice and support with funding bids from the faculties of Arts and Social Sciences.
At the Researcher Development Conference, Dr Jane Wellens and Steven Hardy (Graduate School) delivered a workshop entitled 'Developing Successful Fellowship Applications':

You may also find these courses useful:

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