Research Funding Sources

The following list provides links to potential sources of research funding.

AHRC funding for UK/EU arts & humanities research students at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership will be awarding 410 PhD studentships over a five year period to excellent research students in the arts and humanities. The DTP, a collaboration between De Montfort University and the universities of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Leicester, Birmingham and Birmingham City, provides research candidates with cross-institutional mentoring, expert supervision including cross-institutional supervision where appropriate, subject-specific and generic training, and professional support in preparing for a career.


The Architecture research group at De Monftort is inviting applications from students whose research interests include:

· Urban history and theory from the 19th century to the present

· Architectural history and theory from the 17th century to the present

· Psychoanalytic aesthetic theory

· Evolutionary and biologically inspired design and their application to architecture

· Generative techniques in architectural design

· Self-organisation and emergence - application to design/architecture

· Systems thinking and cybernetics

· Semiotics and relevance to architecture and computational design

· Computer aided creativity and computational creativity

· Craft of digital fabrication and the implication of drawing and making in Architectural design and representation

· Housing design for sustainable communities


The deadline for AHRC funding applications is 9 January 2014, by which time students must have applied for a place to study and have provided two references to a university within the DTP. For full details of eligibility, funding and research supervision areas, please visit or contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .


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Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

The Arts and Humanities Research Council supports research within a huge subject domain from traditional humanities subjects, such as history, modern languages and English literature, to the creative and performing arts. Eight subject panels cover the Council's remit and Panel 2 is addressed to Visual Arts and Media: practice, history, theory.

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Arts Council England

Arts Council England is the national development agency for the arts in England, distributing public money from Government and the National Lottery. The National Lottery has transformed the landscape for audiences and artists, injecting around £2 billion into the arts. Lottery funding supports Grants for the arts organisations.

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Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funds research and training in social and economic issues. We have an international reputation both for providing high-quality research on issues of importance to business, the public sector and government and for our commitment to training excellence, which produces world-class social scientists.

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RIBA - The Royal Institute of British Architects

The RIBA promotes research and innovation to advance the knowledge base of the profession by encouraging interaction between practitioners and researchers, by facilitating debate, and by helping disseminate research outcomes.

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Royal Historical Society

The Society was founded in 1868 and is the premier society in Great Britain which promotes and defends the scholarly study of the past. The Society has a varied programme of lectures and one-day and two-day conferences covering a wide range of historical issues. They provide excellent opportunities for formal and informal discussion among historians.

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The British Academy

The British Academy receives grant-in-aid from the Office of Science and Technology (OST) to fund research at postdoctoral level in all branches of enquiry within the humanities and social sciences. The Academy’s research funding strategy is focused on providing small-scale support. Its aim is to foster high-quality research and to help develop research capacity through a framework of responsive-mode programmes.

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The Leverhulme Trust

The Trust, established at the wish of William Hesketh Lever, the first Viscount Leverhulme, makes awards for the support of research and education. The Trust emphasises individuals and encompasses all subject areas. The Trustees place special weight on: the originality of the projects put to them; the significance of the proposed work; the ability to judge and take appropriate risk in the project and the removal of barriers between traditional disciplines.

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The Society of Architectural Historians

The Society of Architectural Historians is an international not-for-profit membership organization that promotes the study and preservation of the built environment worldwide.

SAH offers more than 25 fellowships annually for a variety of purposes. Click on the links below for information and applications.

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The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain

The Society exists to encourage an interest in the history of architecture, to provide opportunities for the exchange and discussion of ideas related to this subject and to publish, in its journal, Architectural History, significant source material and the results of original research.

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The University of Sheffield Vice Chancellor’s Fellowships and Vice-Chancellor’s Advanced Fellowships

The University of Sheffield Vice Chancellor's Fellowships and Vice-Chancellor's Advanced Fellowships scheme.  This is a prestigious scheme aiming to attract exceptionally talented academics and future research leaders to the University.  

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UK Research Office (UKRO)

The UK Research Office is the UK's leading information and advice service on European Union funding for research and higher education. Established in Brussels in 1984, UKRO is jointly funded by the seven UK grant-awarding Research Councils and receives subscriptions from over 150 research organisations, principally in the UK. UKRO’s mission is to promote effective UK participation in EU-funded research programmes, higher education programmes, and other related activities.

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