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To advance our aim of providing platforms and activities to foster new, and develop capacity for, interdisciplinary and socially engaged research and education, we annually provide a range of small-scale funding and bursary opportunities to researchers at any level across the Faculty.

In light of Covid-19, we are reviewing our funding schemes with the intention of launching new ones in January 2021. 

For 2020/21, we intend to run the following calls:

Our exact plans for funding calls for these spaces are still evolving. As an indication, in previous years we have provided grants of £250 - £1,000. These have been either for creative research project development activities that bring together researchers across disciplines with external partners or for conversation-oriented activities with external communities about common research interests / challenges.

Calls for these spaces will launch in January 2021.

Find out more about REACH / REACH-XR / REACH-Out Spaces

Covid-19 causes us to confront how best to conduct socially engaged research and education in online environments and may require us to develop new tools, techniques and skillsets as researchers. This call will provide bursaries of up to £500 for researchers from early career level (excluding postgraduate research students) onwards, to spend on online professional development opportunities that enhance their ability to conduct socially engaged research or education in digital environments.

This call will open in January 2021.

Read guides produced by those funded through the 2019/20 bursary scheme

The Research Development Manager for the Faculty of Arts & Humanities is the first point of contact for researchers looking to secure external funds for their grants.

In addition, Ed Stevens (Research Institute Manager) is happy to advise any researcher looking to apply for external public engagement grants (e.g. through the likes of the AHRC, ESRC, Wellcome or British Academy). Ed has expertise in participatory research methods and in wider public engagement with research activities and can advise accordingly.


Alongside the above AHRI calls, there are a range of Faculty grants available to researchers.

Keep an eye on this page, follow us on Twitter or sign up to our newsletter to hear more about AHRI funding calls as and when they go live.