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BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants

Grants are available to support primary research in the humanities and social sciences. The first recourse for funding should be to your own institution (where applicable). Applications will not be considered for less than £500. The maximum grant is £10,000 over two years. Applications for collaborative or individual projects are equally welcome under this scheme. Applications from international groups of scholars are welcome, provided there is a UK-based scholar as lead applicant.

Funds are available to facilitate initial project planning and development; to support the direct costs of research; and to enable the advancement of research through workshops or conferences, or visits by or to partner scholars. Applicants may seek support for any combination of eligible activity and cost up to the overall limit of £10,000. The Academy will assess applications equally on their merits, with no preference as to mode of enquiry.

Grants are not intended to support interchange between UK and overseas scholars where there is no planned programme of activity to meet a clearly specified research objective (dissemination of results of research conducted under the aegis of the project for which funding is sought is a permitted purpose, but applications purely to organise an international conference, whether held in the UK or overseas will not be considered); nor are grants intended solely to support attendance at open conferences organised by a third party or international organisation. (In other words, this scheme does not cover applications that might previously have been made to the British Academy's Conference Support Grant or Overseas Conference Grant schemes, unless there is a direct connection to the dissemination of results of reearch funded under this proposal.)

All applications should demonstrate that Academy funds are sought for a clearly defined, discrete piece of research, which will have an identifiable outcome on completion of the Academy-funded component of the research.

Closing Date

The closing date for applications for the next round of small research grants is 16 April 2014. Application forms are currently available on the e-GAP system. The starting date of grants in this round will be not earlier than 1 September 2014 and not later than 31 March 2015. 

A further round of competition in the academic year 2014-15 will be opened in September 2014 (deadline in October 2014) for research beginning between 1 April 2015 and 31 August 2015.


Award information

  • Eligibility:Awards are open to postdoctoral scholars who are ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom. Applications require the approval of the applicant's employing institution, but are not limited to those of any particular status (e.g. Lecturer, Professor etc). Application may be made by independent scholars (who should choose 'independent scholar' as the relevant choice from the list of organisations in e-GAP). Co-applicants may be from anywhere in the world, but the Principal Applicant must be ordinarily resident in the UK.
  • Level of award: up to £10,000.
  • Period of award: grants are tenable for up to 24 months.
  • Further information: View Frequently Asked Questions  

Method of application: Applications must be submitted via e-GAP2, the Academy's electronic grant application system.