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Funding Opportunities

is the Department’s Research Grant Administrator; if you have any queries relating to research funding and preparing your application please do not hesitate to contact her.

Below we list any current funding opportunities that we've been asked to advertise.

 College Fellowships:

College Fellowships are usually listed with University Job Opportunities


Cambridge Funding Calls

Isaac Newton Trust

The Isaac Newton Trust was established in 1988 by Trinity College. The objects of the Trust are to promote learning, research and education in the University of Cambridge. The Trust makes grants for research purposes within Cambridge University, founded and contributes financially to the undergraduate Bursary Scheme and offers a number of other funding schemes for the University and its constituent Colleges.

Grants are awarded each year in March, July and November. Thirteen grants were awarded in July 2015.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION on research funding in the University of Cambridge, visit the Research Strategy Office website


External funding opportunities:

Research Professional funding opportunities database

The comprehensive Research Professional funding opportunities database offers researchers the opportunity to search for research funding in all disciplines from a wide range of sponsors in the UK and overseas.

The University of Cambridge subscribes to the Research Professional database and use is free of charge for all University members. From any computer within the University network, you can start searching directly by going to and choosing Self-registration or Campus Access.


Philip Leverhulme Prizes

The Leverhulme Trust has announced the 2016 round of the Philip Leverhulme Prizes. There will be up to 30 awards this year. Each award is worth £100,000 over two to three years. Please note the costs which the Trust considers to be ineligible for this award.  The University is restricted to three nominations per category, so this will be handled according to the restricted calls process.

Eligible candidates should:

  •  have been awarded their PhD in the last ten years by the closing date of 16th May 2016 (i.e. the award has to have been confirmed by 16 May 2006) though a case can be made for significant career breaks;
  • have a permanent post or long-term Fellowship which extends beyond the date of the Leverhulme award.

There are six subject areas which are eligible to apply this year:

  • Archaeology
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Geography
  • Languages and Literatures

These categories are intentionally broad, and the Trust will consider nominations irrespective of departmental affiliation. Prizes can be used for any purpose which can advance the prize-holder’s research, with the exception of enhancing salary.

Interested applicants should register their interest by emailing by 19th Feb 2016 (17:00) stating your name, department and the summary of your proposal (no more than 1 paragraph). Applicants should also state which of the above subject areas they wish to be considered under.

If you have any questions, then please write to