On this page we list funding opportunities we are aware of that are relevant for our sector. If you are aware of an opportunity that may be of interest to our members, but is not included here, please send it to You can learn about opportunities available through the University of Glasgow on the Internationalisation page.

AHRC-ESRC-FCO Knowledge Exchange Fellowship Scheme
Deadline: October 31st, 2019
Description: This scheme provides the opportunity for Fellows to be seconded into the FCO to work alongside, advise and influence policymakers. Fellows will bring fresh thinking, depth and breadth of expert knowledge and apply their learning to policy challenges. This is not a scheme to support research projects about the FCO or its work, but rather to build new capacity in the FCO and across the UK research base.

Chevening Masters Scholarships
Deadline: November 5th, 2019<
Description: Chevening Scholarships are awarded to individuals with demonstrable leadership potential who also have strong academic backgrounds and a strong vision for the future. The scholarship offers full financial support to study for any eligible master’s degree at any UK university whilst also giving access to a wide range of exclusive academic, professional, and cultural experiences.
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Glasgow Knowledge Exchange Fund
Deadline: 09:00 on November 6th (for the flexible fund)
Description: The fund has five broad aims:

  1. To support an informed and collaborative approach to the development, implementation, adoption and exploitation of research outcomes, including technologies, processes, evidence-based policy, community impact or creative outputs;
  2. To support researchers to build sustained and strategic relationships of co-creation and knowledge exchange with non-academic partners, including, for example, laying the groundwork for applications to collaborative schemes such as Horizon2020 or Innovate UK, or helping to leverage funds from the private sector, Government Departments, Innovation Centres, Catapults and other regional development funds;
  3. To provide early-stage investment in technologies destined for commercialisation (i.e. technical proof of concept and commercial proof of market)  to support the  de-risking of these opportunities;
  4. To support community and public engagement initiatives, locally and globally, underpinned by research, to drive mutually beneficial interactions around research and the creation of strong, well-evidenced impact.
  5. To nurture a sustainable pipeline of new impact case studies and success stories from across the University.

The scheme will operate via two streams; the GKE Flexible Fund, for applications for grants of £2,000-£30,000, and the GKE Small Grants Fund, for applications for grants of less than £2,000.
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Writing Workshops 2020
Deadline: November 6th at 17:00 (UK time)
Description: The British Academy, as part of the UK's Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), is inviting proposals for writing workshops in developing countries. These workshops should aim to support early career academics, promote the uptake of research emanating from developing countries in international journals and further intellectual interaction globally. The intention of the Writing Workshops is to cultivate professional networks and mentorship and provide access for early career researchers in developing countries to the academic requirements of journals, including international journals, and to equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills to publish in these journals. This will support the progression of their academic careers and promote the visibility of their research in international publications.
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Growth and Labour Markets in Low Income Countries Programme
Deadline: November 11, 2019
Description: We are pleased to announce that the electronic application portal for the first phase of G2LM|LIC (Phase V of the overall programme) is now open. The call covers 5 wide-ranging research themes:

  • Theme 1: Facts about gender, jobs, and poverty
  • Theme 2: Fertility and labour markets
  • Theme 3: Barriers to gender parity
  • Theme 4: The future of work: automation, urbanization and the environment
  • Theme 5: Policies and welfare: costs and benefits of gender parity 

Two types of research grants will be offered:

  1. Large-scale research grants for experienced researchers based in institutions and organizations from all over the world to fund big research projects in LICs. In this round, we expect to fund around 10 large projects with a total budget of about 3 million Euros.
  2. Small research grants mainly targeting junior researchers (PhD students or researchers who have less than five years of work/research experience past the PhD) based in institutions and organizations from all over the world, as well as senior or junior researchers based in institutions and organizations in LICs (see the list of countries here). In this round, we plan to fund 3-6 small research projects with a maximum value of 30,000 Euros each.



GCRF Digital Innovation for Development in Africa (DIDA)
Deadline: November 12th, 2019
Description: This two stage GCRF call focuses on the impact and application of digital technologies for development in Africa. Stage one focusses on building Networks that bring together academics, industry, NGOs, policymakers and practitioners from Africa with UK partners. These Networks are expected to build new relationships and stimulate novel research and innovation ideas and activities that will enable partners to apply for funding to deliver a co-developed and fully realised project in stage two. This call has three thematic areas of focus and applicants can apply to any strand.This call will support seed funding for Networks working within the following thematic areas (more information about each is contained in the call text): 

  • Digital Rights  
  • Smart Communities 
  • Digital Health  

The seed funded DIDA Networks should be inherently multi-stakeholder and interdisciplinary. They should also aim to facilitate the development of partnerships between researchers, industry, NGOs, policymakers and practitioners. 
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UKRI Demonstrate Impact Programme (GCRF)
Deadline: 13th, November 2019<
Description: The Fund aims to reduce poverty by generating and putting into use knowledge and technology to address development challenges and advance development for the poorest people and countries. Demonstrate Impact funding in particular will support later-stage or closer to market projects that show excellent potential for transformative, positive change in the lives of people in and on the economies of lower and middle income countries (LMICs).
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Nahrein Network – Final Research Grant Awards Call
Deadline: November 15th, 2019
Description: These awards support interdisciplinary research on themes relating to one or more of the Nahrein Network's five aims. The final call, with a deadline of 15 November 2019, has now opened.  During the final round we will offer only one type of funding:

  • Small grants of up to £30,000 (FEC) for projects led by Iraqi, Lebanese or Turkish researchers, or collaborations between them and UK researchers. 

Please note that all funded projects must end by December 2020. We invite applications from postdoctoral researchers (or equivalent) who are employed by, or have an official connection with:

  • EITHER a Iraqi, Lebanese, Turkish or UK Higher Education Institution (i.e., a university or similar organisation)
  • OR a non-academic organisation (e.g. cultural heritage organisation, NGO, community group) in the UK or Iraq, Lebanon or Turkey with a demonstrated capacity to conduct research.

Applications must be led by an Iraqi, Lebanese or Turkish researcher and do not need UK collaborators. 


Global Health Research Professorships Award 2019
Deadline: 13:00 on 20th November, 2019
Description: The scheme aims to fund research leaders of the future to promote effective translation of research. The NIHR’s most senior award available aims to fund research leaders of the future to promote the effective translation of research for the primary and direct benefit of people in low and middle-income countries eligible for Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding. This fixed 5-year award allows outstanding academics to work at professorial-level based at a Higher Education Institution, in partnership with an NHS organisation.

Youth Futures
Deadline: December 4th, 2019
Description: This programme aims to examine the contributions of young people to the UN’s 2030 Agenda, bringing a youth lens to the global sustainable development challenges. The programme aims to support research which demonstrates an interdisciplinary approach yielding new conceptual understanding, developing ground-breaking research and energising innovative collaborations in the humanities and social sciences related to one or more of the three sub-themes below:

  • Creativity: Understanding youth creativity and flexibility to identify imaginative solutions in developing countries that are effective and foster a sense of ownership by young people.
  • Categories: The UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development states that people who are vulnerable, such as young people, must be empowered. Youth populations experience a combination of lack of economic opportunities (especially when combined with educational attainment, and concomitant expectations), lack of political voice and a sense of relative deprivation. The Academy would like to support projects that bring young people into the process of determining and setting the categorisations and concepts by which they view themselves and others, and how these foster their motivations, actions and aspirations. For example, this could include reconceptualising terms such as informality, inequality, mobility, resilience, identity, class, vulnerability and precarity from a youth perspective.
  • Livelihood & Work: The meanings and manifestations of livelihood and work for and by young people in different settings on the ground are critical for our understanding of young people’s ambitions and expectations. The Academy is keen to encourage applications that focus on the practices and narratives of youth livelihoods and work (including unpaid domestic work) and provide a voice for young people to express their own perspectives. The changing attitudes of young people towards livelihood and work, particularly in our changing environment, are vital for illustrating how young people are and will live their lives and how society as a whole can be developed to support and integrate effectively the next generation.

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Education and Learning in Crises
Deadline: December 4th at 17:00 (UK time)
Description: This programme aims to support research which addresses any of the following areas:

  • Enhancing understanding of the role of education and learning in responding to and fashioning novel ways for coping and/or transforming children’s opportunities and outcomes in crisis settings, particularly those in the longer-term and including natural as well as man-made crises.
  • Building the evidence base of how education and learning take place and are affected during and through crisis situations, including particular attention to the importance of local context and practice in this regard, and what implications this entails for learning, parenting, schooling and communities.
  • Investigating how crises particularly affect the education and learning of children and their families of hidden populations, marginalised people including girls and women, and populations on the move.



NIHR Global Health Policy and Systems Programme
Deadline: December 11th 2019<
Description: The NIHR Global HPSR programme supports research which aims to improve whole health systems and health services in ODA-eligible countries on the DAC list through development of equitable partnerships between LMIC and UK researchers, who together will engage stakeholders to identify and address priorities for research in health policy and health systems and develop plans for capacity strengthening and knowledge sharing. Ultimately, research outcomes will be expected to underpin the WHO #HealthForAll campaign to promote universal health coverage (UHC) towards meeting SDG3, achieved through supporting high quality, appropriate and applicable NIHR-funded global health policy and systems research. The scope of the NIHR Global HPSR Programme is broad, covering any area of applied health services and whole systems research, which can ultimately strengthen and improve health systems for people in ODA-eligible countries on the DAC list. It includes but is not limited to applied research on wider elements of health systems such as governance, financing, health workforce, information systems, quality, and service delivery and the impacts of broader determinants of health. It can involve global health policy and systems research across the following domains:

  • Micro-level (patient and practitioners)
  • Meso-level (organisation and delivery of health care)
  • Macro-level (regional/national)

The Programme particularly encourages involvement of a wide range of disciplines driven by the research questions and needs as identified by stakeholders in LMICs and relevant to low resource settings.<

Fighting poverty in Africa with agritech
Call opens: October 14th
Deadline: January 8th, 2020
Description:  Projects must show they could alleviate poverty through the adoption of agricultural and food systems technology and innovation. Organisations can undertake:

  • early stage feasibility studies
  • or mid-stage industrial research
  • or late stage experimental development

Innovations must be sustainable, minimise pollution, food loss and waste, and promote safe, healthy and nutritious diets. They must also consider gender equality and animal welfare. Projects can focus on:

  • integrating smallholders into global and local supply chains
  • increasing the value of production to smallholders
  • control of crop pests, weeds and diseases
  • meeting quality standards and improving productivity
  • reducing food losses ‘post-farm gate’ and through the value chain
  • food safety issues through the value chain
  • new food technologies and data-driven food systems, including for urban areas
  • challenges in downstream food processing, distribution, or storage and value addition
  • innovation that supports food systems to deliver nutritious, healthy and safe food