Funding opportunities

Association of Commonweath Universities Gender Programme

Do you want to make a difference to gender equity and equality at your university? If you’re involved in supporting gender equity and equality in your institution, then you’re eligible for an ACU Gender Programme grant.

Grants of up to £1,000 are available for staff at ACU member universities, to help meet the costs of organising projects that promote gender equity and equality on campus.

Visit the website and complete the application form.

You’ll need to supply an outline of the project and an action plan, including details of what it involves and how it will address gender equity and equality at your institution.

Deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 9 June 2019.

More information

Full details are available online.

Find out more about the ACU Gender programme

GCRF Visiting Fellowships Scheme

The GCRF Visiting Fellowships scheme supports short incoming fellowships, primarily with a focus on our priority themes and from our priority regions, in order to build capacity and partnerships for ongoing and future development-related research (individual fellowship applications will be of up to £9k in value, total funding pot £40k). This scheme is running in partnership with the Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies (LIAS). Fellows and their academic hosts will benefit from a package of practical and scholarly support offered through the Institute.

This scheme is not currently accepting applications. Please sign up to our quarterly e-newsletter to learn about future calls. You can sign up by emailing

LIAS Fellowships

The Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies (LIAS) Fellowships scheme offersUniversity of Leicester research groups and individuals the opportunity to host high-calibre Fellows who will enrich the interdisciplinary research environment at the University. Through this Fellowship scheme, visiting researchers will work with colleagues across disciplinary boundaries to explore new approaches to complex issues leading to ambitious research outcomes and outputs.

The LIAS Visiting Fellowships scheme is not currently accepting applications. For guidance notes and the application process, please click here. To find out when our next call will go live, please sign up to our quarterly e-newsletter by emailing

Rutherford Fellowships

Our Rutherford Fellowship scheme is funded by BEIS, with the scheme being managed by Universities UK International. Specifically, Leicester's Rutherford Fund Strategic Partner award seeks to:

- Empower the next generation of researchers to become global leaders on the theme of Resilient, Inclusive and Sustainable Cities

- Enhance the reach and impact of our international research through strategic research partnerships

- Promote the role of research in higher education to address shared global challenges

Our Rutherford Fellowships scheme is not currently accepting applications.

LIAiSon: supporting workshops and focused meetings

The LIAiSon series supports workshops and focused meetings, intended to bring together expertise across the University of Leicester to address important, timely research ideas and challenges. Topics can be thematic, methodological, or practice-focused, but must invite interdisciplinary thinking or ways of working.

Apply here.

Research Networks

The LIAS Research Networks scheme is intended to support forums for new collaboration, discussion, and exchange of ideas on a specified thematic area, issue or research challenge. Networks may apply for up to £15K per year for up to two years.

The LIAS Research Networks scheme is now open. The call deadline is 15 July 2019. Please apply using the linked guidance, application form and budget template.

Tiger teams

Through our funded tiger teams, we aim to break down the silos that have traditionally been a feature of higher education research, enabling academics to explore new, highly innovative ideas, and to stimulate increased ambition through interdisciplinary collaboration. Tiger teams may apply for up to £5,000 for up to six months.

Our Tiger Team Cohort 4 call is now open. The call deadline is 15 July 2019. Please apply using the linked guidance and application form.

We are also delighted to announce that we will be co-funding a small number of three month tiger teams with the Centre for BME Health. The call deadline for this strand of the scheme is 31st May 2019. If your proposed team intersects with issues of ethnicity and health, please apply using the linked guidance and application form.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships Writeshop

The Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies, together with the Research and Enterprise Division, are inviting applications for a three day Writeshop for prospective MSCA Individual Fellows. The Writeshop is intended to provide opportunities for prospective Fellows and supervisors to work together, with expert input guidance and insight.

The Writeshop scheme is not currently open for applications. Please check back in 2019 for future iterations, or sign up to our e-newsletter by emailing

To contact the Institute for Advanced Studies about any of these funding opportunities, please email

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