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Royal Society International Exchanges

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The Royal Society International Exchange Awards are now open for applications. The current schemes that are available to apply for are:

China Cost Share Programme

£12,000 is available from the Royal Society and an additional £12,000 is awarded by the cost share partner, National Natural Science Foundation of China, to cover both teams international travel and subsistence.

£2,000 of the total budget may be used for research expenses or consumables.

The Duration of award is 2 years.

Closing Date: Tuesday 25th September

Japan/Taiwan Cost Share Programme

£12,000 is available from the Royal Society and an additional £12,000 is awarded by the cost share partner, Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan or Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, to cover the teams travel expenses for the international visits.

£2,000 of the total budget may be used for research expenses or consumables.

The Duration of award is 2 years.

Closing Date: Tuesday 2nd October

Standard Programme

This programme is available for travel to/from all countries outside of the UK with funding varying dependant of the project duration:

  • £3,000 for 3 months to be spent on travel only.
  • £6,000 for 12 months with £1,000 allowable for consumables.
  • £12,000 for 24 months with £2,000 allowable for consumables.

Closing Date: Tuesday 2nd October

Are you eligible?

Activities must be based within the natural sciences including: physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer sciences, engineering, agriculture, biological and medical research, geography and experiment psychology. Social sciences, clinical and patient orientated research is not covered by this scheme.

Both sets of applicants must hold a PhD or have equivalent research experience and hold a contract at their institution that will extent beyond the project dates.


For more information about the schemes please visit the Royal Society website. If you’d like to apply for any of these schemes please contact the Research Development Team.

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Grab a Grant

Take a look at these research proposal funding opportunities.

Society for Renaissance Studies Small Conference Grant

These offer financial support for organisers of conferences. Grants are particularly intended to encourage the participation of postgraduate students, generally in the form of conference fee waivers or bursaries for travel and accommodation.

Deadline for application: 20 Mar 16

Regional Studies Associations Fellowship Research Grant

These aim to support the research of established researchers and long-term members and ensuring its contribution to regional understanding.

Deadline for application: 08 May 16

Textile Society Professional Development Award

This enables candidates who are professionally practising in their chosen textile field, be it craft, design, curatorial, scientific or any other related field, to develop further.

Deadline for application: 01 Sep 16

For support during your application, please contact Research Development.

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Royal Geographical Society Gilchrist fieldwork award

The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) invites applications for the Gilchrist fieldwork award. This supports original and challenging overseas fieldwork related to geography, and carried out by small teams of university academics and researchers.

The award is worth £15,000, and the research should involve a single field season of at least six weeks’ duration.

The deadline for applications is 22 Feb 2016.

For more information, please visit:

For advice on applying, please contact your relevant Research Development Manager.

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Royal Geographical Society – Field Research Programme



The Royal Geographical Society has announced an open call for full proposals for its Field Research Programme. It wishes to support a high quality, innovative and original international field research project on one of the three issues outlined below.

The field research programme proposed must address a significant geographical issue and showcase how a geographical perspective provides a distinctive contribution towards advancing knowledge of the issue being researched. The project must have at its core high quality field research outside the UK that advances geographical knowledge, which builds on existing work, and provides outcomes of which the Society can be proud. Ideally the project will include elements that span the breadth of geography.

The research must also involve strong in-country partnership and collaboration and should provide opportunities to engage/enthuse a wide range of users and audiences, including the Society’s Fellows and members.

Proposals are welcomed on any of the three short-listed themes below. Research proposals that cut across these themes and/or adopt a nexus approach will also be considered.

1. Risks, vulnerabilities and environmental issues arising from migration

2. Water supply and quality in vulnerable areas

3. Urban ecosystems in the global South

Funding of up to £500k per programme is available, but it might be possible to increase this to £1 million.

The academic leads must be: active researchers, geographers, Fellow/member of the Society, and UK based. Strong and active engagement by researchers in the countries in which the fieldwork is to be undertaken is expected; researchers from other nations can also be involved.

The deadline for submissions is 17.00 on 20 January 2014.
Further information about this programme can be found here: