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Funding Opportunities Dec 2014


Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

Deadline Early March 2015.  These fellowships are jointly funded by the Leverhulme Trust and the Cambridge Isaac Newton Trust. Applicants must either have been awarded a degree from a UK higher education institution or hold an academic position in the UK. Those interested in support from the Department for this scheme must submit their research proposal and two references to POLIS by 4th January for consideration at the first Research Committee of the calendar year.


The ESRC have launched their Urban Transformations Research Call.

  The ESRC invites innovative and ambitious proposals to support new research which adds significant value to the broad portfolio of cites and urban transformations research currently supported by the ESRC and other research funders. High quality proposals are sought which fill clearly identified gaps in the current funding landscape. Research proposals should cover one or both of the following topics:

Social innovation and creative urban living Urban economies Proposals for this call should also adopt one or both of the cross-cutting areas:

Inequalities, diversities and difference Politics, governance and democracy


Grants will be for a maximum of three years and between £750,000 and £1 million at 100 per cent fEC is available for research grants via this call. In accordance with RCUK policy, the ESRC will contribute up to 80 per cent fEC. The ESRC will commit up to £3 million in total and it is anticipated that four to six research grants will be funded (dependent on quality of proposals).

The closing date for research proposal to be submitted to the Joint Electronic Submissions System Je-S is 16.00 (UK time) on 5 February 2015.  This call has up to £3M available to fund 4-6 grants.


Small research grants - BioSocial Society Closing date: 15 May 15 Deadline information: Deadlines on: 15 May 2015, 16 October 2015.

Award amount max: £750

Summary text: These grants enable postgraduate students to conduct research related to biosocial topics. Grants are worth up to £750 each, and help with costs associated with fieldwork or data collection.



Erasmus Mundus scholarships - Institute of Development Research and Development Policy Closing date: 28 Feb 15 Deadline information: The deadline for the non-degree seeking mobility MA in development management at Ruhr University Bochum is 31 January; the call for applications closes on 28 February 2015.

Award type: Travel for research purposes, Personal development, Networking/collaboration Award budget total: - Summary text: These offer study, training and research periods in Europe for South African master’s and PhD candidates and staff, and provides European PhD candidates the opportunity to spend a research period in South Africa.



Leigh Douglas memorial prize - British Society for Middle Eastern Studies Closing date: 31 Jan 15 Deadline information: This call is repeated once a year.

Award type: Prizes, Student awards

Award amount max: £600

Award amount min: £150

Award budget total: £750

Summary text: This recognises the best PhD dissertation on a Middle Eastern topic in the social sciences or humanities. The first prize is worth £600, and £150 for the runner-up.


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