Funding opportunities

GCRF Visiting Fellowships Scheme

The GCRF Visiting Fellowships scheme will support 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. Deadline for applications: 11th February 2019.

This funding is part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) and activities carried out under both schemes must directly address developing country challenges. All activities must be undertaken and funds spent before 31st July 2019. Applicants may wish to refer to the recently announced UKRI GCRF collective fund pre-calls for 2019 in developing their proposals. For guidance notes and the application process, please click here.

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 currently accepting applications. For guidance notes and the application process, please click here.

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 not currently accepting applications. There will be a further call in 2019.

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.

We are currently accepting applications for Tiger Team cohort 4. As well as inviting applications on any interdisciplinary theme, the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund will co-fund up to 2 additional tiger teams in this call on the theme of ethnic health, ethnicity and migration.

To apply, please click here for relevant guidance, application form, and budget template. The deadline for this call is 19th November 2018.

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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