University Awards in Humanities and Social Science

University Awards enable humanities and social science researchers to gain permanent positions at academic organisations.

Scheme at a glance

Career stage:

Leading a research programme, Returning to research

Level of funding:

Salary and research expenses covered

Duration of funding:

Up to 5 years

Eligibility and suitability

What we offer

How to apply


Leading a research programme

For researchers with a PhD or the equivalent, and significant postdoctoral research experience.

Returning to research

For people who want to return to a research career after a break of two years or more.

Develop your research career

See our other schemes for researchers who are interested in leading a research programme.

Key dates

We consider applications twice a year.

January 2018 round

  • Preliminary application deadline

    11 January 2018, 17:00 GMT

  • Full application deadline

    29 March 2018, 17:00 BST

  • Shortlisting

    May 2018

  • Interviews

    July 2018

July 2018 round

  • Preliminary application deadline

    6 July 2018, 17:00 BST

  • Full application deadline

    20 September 2018, 17:00 BST

  • Shortlisting

    November 2018

  • Interviews

    January 2019

Contact us

Contact our information officers if you have a question about funding.

If you have a question about the scope and content of your proposal, contact the relevant person in our Humanities and Social Science team.

People we've funded