Postgraduate funding

Small Grants for Research in the Arts & Humanities

Eligibility criteria

  • Open to residents of the following countries
    All Nationalities
  • Applications may only be made by students enrolled as:
    • Full time
    • Part time
    • Writing up MPhil or PhD research projects
    • Current student post-submission (such applications will be considered only where funds are available after reviewing applications from students in the above 3 categories)
  • Students must be registered in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities for a King’s degree. The Faculty has a separate research fund for staff and contract research staff. Students who are seeking funding for large scale activities, beyond the scope of funds available from these small grants should contact their supervisor, as it may be possible to apply to the Faculty’s fund for staff and contract research staff as a joint venture with a member of staff.
  • Students can still apply for a grant if waiting for an upgrade. However it is likely that any grants awarded to these students will be conditional on proving successful upgraded status – by confirmation from the supervisor or via student records. The grant is unlikely to be awarded for activity before an upgrade or without proof of upgrade.

  • This opportunity is for current students only
  • Applicable subjects
    Theology and religious studies, Spanish and Spanish American studies, Portuguese and Brazilian studies, Philosophy, Music, Mediterranean studies, Medieval studies, Linguistics, History, German, French, Film studies, European studies, English literature and language, Digital humanities, Comparative literature, Classics, Cinema & society, Byzantine and modern Greek studies, Australian studies, American studies

Application details

Applications may be submitted
01-Oct-2016 until 30-Jun-2017

Information about the funding
The Small Research Grants fund is administered by the Director of Graduate Studies, with the aim to support research and student-led initiatives in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities by making available small grants which are often difficult to obtain from grant-giving bodies. This grant scheme is only applicable to King’s College awarded research degree students within the Faculty of Arts & Humanities departments.

Information about the application
The Faculty of Arts & Humanities runs a competition for small grants for research students three times per academic year.

All applicants should read the document Small Grants for Research Student Guidelines (pdf) before submitting an application. The Frequently Asked Questions may also be of use.

The deadlines for submission of completed applications for the 2016/17 round are:

  • 17:00 on Friday 4 November 2016
  • 17:00 on Friday 3 March 2017
  • 17:00 on Friday 30 June 2017

There are two types of Small Grants for all Arts & Humanities students:

1. Group Events Grant - Normally up to £3,000
The Events Grant is available to students who wish to run a collaborative event in conjunction with at least one other student. This may be the organisation of a conference, a series of workshops or seminars or any other event that can demonstrably be of interest and value to the Faculty's research community.

Please note that funding will not be offered for standing events, or those associated with established networks, as the purpose of the grants is to encourage new and innovative initiatives.

Students applying for this type of grant must complete the Group Event Grant Application Form and pass it to their supervisor for submission to the Education Team by the designated deadline.

2. Individual Research Grant - Normally up to £1,000 or £300 for conference attendance
Students may submit applications for grants for fieldwork, visits to libraries, collections or sites, conference attendance, and other special activities or the acquisition of special resources clearly related to an individual’s research project or training.

Students applying for this type of grant must complete the Individual Grant Application Form and pass it to their supervisor for submission to the Education Team by the designated deadline.

Application procedure
For further details and to access the application forms please go to:

Contact details

If you have any questions contact the Education Team at

Funding provider
School of Arts & Humanities

Please note the database is updated regularly but is a guide only and not a guarantee of funding nor an exhaustive list of all funding available.

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