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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:



The College proposes to elect for a period of three years, tenable from 1 October 2015 one or more Non-stipendiary Research Fellows in the Sciences.

Research Fellowships are primarily intended to provide opportunities for scholars at an early stage of their academic careers to establish and pursue their research in a supportive academic environment.  During their tenure, Research Fellows have no college teaching duties other than to pursue their research. They are however members of the College Governing Body, and may serve on other College committees.  Successful candidates are expected to be graduate students who have recently completed or who are about to complete their PhD.   There is no restriction on age, sex or previous standing, except that candidates may not already have held a Stipendiary Research Fellowship at an Oxford or Cambridge College, and some preference may be given to candidates who are at a fairly early stage of their research career.  Research Fellows are required to live in Cambridge during Full Term but leave may be granted to work away if necessary.  Non-stipendiary Research Fellows will be expected to demonstrate that they have adequate financial support. Small grants for research expenses may be made available on application to the Bursar.

Applications will be examined by experts in the fields concerned and by the Fellowship Committee. The final choice, however, will be made by the Governing Body, and the research proposal should therefore be written so as to convey to the non-specialist something of the interest and importance of the topic.

Applications must be made online:

The closing date for receipt of all applications and references is:           
31st October 2014

Decisions are expected on all Fellowships by:                                                 28th January 2015


 Cambridge funding calls:



External funding opportunities:


Update: Restricted Call: ESRC Future Research Leaders 2014/15

 The ESRC have now launched their Future Research Leaders Call, the deadline for which has again been postponed and is now 20 January 2015 (16:00).

The new call includes changed matched funding arrangements that require the University to consult internally before the formal launch of the internal selection process.

Potential applicants are encouraged to read the new guidance and should particularly note that:

  • Due to the changed submission deadline, the eligibility requirements for the call have also changed so that applicants may have up to four years and four month’s academic research experience following the submission date of their PhD on 20 January 2015.
  • Although proposals for the call continue to be welcome in any topic which falls within the ESRC’s remit, proposals are particularly encouraged in the following areas:
    • Big data (i.e. social media data, business data and new forms of data)
    • Secondary analysis of longitudinal datasets
    • Biosocial research.


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.