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Indian Research Funding Agencies:

University Grant Commission (UGC)
Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg,New Delhi – 110 002
Fax: 335197, 3232783, 3236288, 3261797, 3315000
Tel: 011- 23239337, 2322317, 23232701, 23231692, 23235743, 23234116

Indian Council for Social Science Research ( ICSSR)
35 - Ferozeshah Road,
NEW DELHI - 110001.

Funding schemes of Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India

Indian Council of Agricultural Research

Format of summary sheet for new project proposals involving foreign collaboration/activities

General Foreign or International Funding Agencies:

Federal agency promotes University based research and training in Social Science and Humanities



Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU):

British Academy/ACU Grants for International Collaboration

Funds are available to support international joint activities, involving British scholars in collaboration with Commonwealth partners. Applications must be for projects involving genuine collaborative work between a defined group of scholars in one, or possibly two, other Commonwealth countries. Priority will be given to applications involving the initiation of a new programme where there is an expectation of continued collaboration, or a defined outcome such as planned joint publications.
Grants are tenable for a maximum of 1 year and are for up to £5000

ACU Titular Fellowships

To enable the universities of the Commonwealth to develop the human resources of their institutions and countries through the interchange of people, knowledge, skills and technologies.
Fellowships are for up to £5000 and tenable for a maximum of 6 months

CSFP (Commonwealth Fellowships and Scholarships Plan) awards

CSFP (Commonwealth Fellowships and Scholarships Plan) awards are open to Commonwealth citizens, permanently resident in a Commonwealth country other than the UK, holding or returning to a teaching appointment in a university in the developing Commonwealth. Subjects are unrestricted, however preference is given to applicants which clearly fit with the development plans of the candidate's home institute. Nominations for Scholarships and Fellowships can only be accepted from universities/agencies which have been invited to make such nominations by the Commissioners.

Commonwealth Academic Fellowships

Deadline: December 31 each year

Academic Staff Scholarships

Deadline: December 31 each year


Fulbright Commission:

Fulbright distinguished scholar awards

Deadline: usually February / March each year

The Fulbright Commission seeks applications from professionals or academics in any field to participate in the distinguished scholar programme. The scheme enables scholars to undertake lecturing, research or professional development in the US for a minimum of 10 months. Applicants must be EU citizens normally resident in the UK. Awards are worth £15,000 each.

Ford Foundation

Deadline: None

The Foundation's current interests are:

  • asset building and community development: economic development and community and resource development;
  • peace and social justice: human rights, governance and civil society: education, sexuality, religion, media, arts and culture
  • knowledge, creativity and freedom.

Australian Bicentennial Scholarships

Deadline: June each year (applications forms available from April)

The object of the scheme is to promote scholarship, intellectual links, and mutual awareness and understanding between the UK and Australia, in particular:

  • to enable UK graduates to study courses or undertake research in Australia;
  • to enable Australian graduates to take courses or undertake research in the UK;
  • to make allowance within the scheme for disadvantaged persons.

An applicant for a scholarship must be registered as a postgraduate student at a British tertiary institution, or be eligible for such registration at an Australian tertiary institution, and resident in the UK. An applicant for a fellowship should have a good postgraduate degree or equivalent experience.

Younger scholars are preferred. Each scholarship or fellowship will offer a grant of up to £4,000. Applicants must spend at least three months studying in Australia.

Canon Foundation Fellowships

Deadline: September 15 each year

Grants are offered, regardless of discipline, to European nationals and permanent residents who intend to go to Japan and to Japanese who intend to go to Europe.

Applicants may be based at institutions of learning or be members of commercial, industrial, governmental, or professional organisations.

Applicants should preferably hold a Ph.D. and must not be older than 40 years of age. Financial support for Research Fellows in the past has ranged from 22,500 € to 27,500 € per year, pro-rated for shorter periods.

The fellowships are generally given for a term of one year, but shorter reseach stays, from three to six months, are also possible. Fellowships may be taken up, at the earliest, January 1 of the year following the competition. The foundation grants up to 15 fellowships annually, two-thirds to Europeans and one-third to Japanese applicants.

British Council

British Council Joint Research Programmes

British Council partnership programmes have been developed to promote links and contacts between British and other European higher education, research institutions, and laboratories. These programmes are designed to facilitate collaboration in areas of mutual interest by the enhancement and transfer of research and teaching expertise, whilst providing opportunities for young researchers. They operate in most European countries with partner organisations and are administered locally. The range of these programmes and subject areas varies from country to country. Financial support is provided to contribute to fares and subsistence for exploratory and bilateral visits of specialists, for approved projects of up to three years duration

Deadlines and Subject areas covered vary for each country. Application and selection procedures are agreed with the British Council's partner organisations, and, thus, are different in each country.

British Council’s Researcher Exchange Programme (RXP)

Deadline: Annually

The British Council is announcing a first call for proposals under a new initiative to assist researchers make international connections.

The British Council’s Researcher Exchange Programme (RXP) is a £500,000 initiative aimed at supporting new links between early stage researchers in the UK and in other countries. RXP provides individual researchers with awards covering travel and subsistence costs, and some consumables costs, needed to develop new scientific collaborations and contacts through exchange visits of between one week and three months’ duration.

The purpose of RXP is to help develop new research links between higher education institutions and research laboratories in the UK and other countries. It aims to encourage mobility and internationalism among early stage researchers for the exchange of information, ideas and knowledge, and for relationship-building.

The exchange awards are designed to support new links between early stage researchers in the UK and in other countries. The research link can be in any area of science, engineering and technology, including social sciences and humanities. The term “early stage” refers to researchers at the beginning of their research careers, with less than ten years active research experience since the completion of a doctoral degree, or those in the last year of their PhD. The duration of the exchange visit will be between one week and three months, and may be in the nature of a single or multiple visits. The maximum award that can be applied for is £5,000.

Please note that more than one researcher from the same sending or receiving research group can apply for an award, but each must submit a separate application.

Please see the RXP web site: for full details and an online application form.

For more information on RXP and the exchange awards please write to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Darwin Now Awards

The British Council Darwin Now awards offer small grants to allow individuals working in the sciences, humanities, arts and media, the opportunity to pursue a stand-alone piece of fieldwork/research outside the UK.
In recognition of the strong contribution made by individuals working in new environments and sharing their ideas with new audiences the British Council, are offering UK based researchers, artists and writers the opportunity to spend time doing fieldwork in another country.

INSPIRE: International Strategic Partnerships in Research and Education

INSPIRE – International Strategic Partnerships in Research and Education is a British Council funded project that aims to significantly strengthen the academic and research partnerships between the UK and a strategic selection of countries in Central South Asia, including: Pakistan, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan and Afghanistan.

American Academy in Rome

Rome Prize

Annual Deadline 1 November

Each year, up to 12 Rome Prizes are awarded in the Humanities. The Academy welcomes applicants in the field of musicology, as well as archaeology, history, the history of art and architecture and literary studies. Rome Prize winners reside at the Academy's 11-acre center in Rome and receive room and board and a study. Both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral awards are available and carry stipends of $15,750 and $21,000, respectively. Residencies are 11-months.

Applicants for pre-doctoral fellowships must have fulfilled all pre-dissertation requirements by the application deadline. Applicants for post-doctoral fellowships must have received the Ph.D. by the time of application.

The disciplines listed above are intended to be suggestive, not exclusive. Any humanistic approach, or combination of approaches, to these areas will be given consideration. Furthermore, comparative projects and projects that cut across conventional and arbitrary chronological limits are welcome. The annual deadline for the Rome Prize is November 1st.

For further information or to download guidelines and an application, please visit the website at or contact the American Academy in Rome, 7 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022, USA, Attn: Programs. T: +1-(212) 751-7200; F: +1-(212) 751-7220; E: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please state specific field of interest when requesting information.

The American Academy in Rome is one of the leading overseas centers for independent study and advanced research in the arts and humanities. Through a nationally juried process, up to 30 Rome Prize fellowships are awarded, annually, in Architecture, Design, Historic Preservation & Conservation, Landscape Architecture, Literature, Musical Composition, Visual Arts, Ancient Studies, Medieval Studies, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies and Modern Italian Studies

Bradley Foundation Grant program

Deadline: every December 1, March 1, July 1, September 1

At present, the Foundation aims to encourage projects that focus on cultivating a renewed, healthier, and more vigorous sense of citizenship among the American people and among peoples of other nations, as well.

Projects may address any arena of public life where citizenship is an important issue, eg economics, politics, culture or civil society.


Earthwatch Institute

Field research

Deadline: None

Earthwatch Institute is an international non-profit organization that supports scholarly field research worldwide in the biological, physical, social, and cultural sciences The Research Program at Earthwatch supports a diversity of research projects of high scientific merit worldwide, which address critical environmental and social issues at local, national, and international levels.

It supports doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, or researchers with equivalent qualifications

The average project grant is between $16,000 (£9,600) and $48,000 for one full season. Grants cover the cost of maintaining volunteers and principal research staff in the field.

Earthwatch is one of few significant sources of long-term funding for field-based research; 25 percent of the research projects have been supported for more than 5 years, and 10 percent have been supported for more than 10 years. Approximately one-third of all scientists Earthwatch supports are scientists early in their careers, women in science, and/or scientists from developing nations


The Foundation for the Future

Research Grants

Deadline: 30 April each year (invited formal proposals August 1)

The Foundation For the Future conducts and funds a Research Grants Program to provide financial support to scholars undertaking research at a macro level that is directly related to better understanding the factors affecting the long-term future of humanity.

Current areas of interest are:

  • How will changes in birth rates, mortality rates, and reproductive technology affect the Human Genome over the long-term future?
  • What effect will the current global immigration and emigration of populations have on the demography of the planet over the long-term future?
  • What are likely to be the major driving forces/initiatives/issues for humanity through the new millennium?
  • Are mechanisms of Biological and Cultural evolution in sync with our systems of Governance and Economy? How are they likely to evolve and develop over the long-term future?

Funds of between $5,000 and $25,000 are available. Proposals are accepted from unaffiliated individuals or on behalf of individuals or research teams from universities and colleges or non-profit, non-academic organizations.

Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation:

Increased funding has been made available for both the Daiwa Foundation Small Grants and Daiwa Foundation Awards for 2006/07. In addition, funding bands and eligibility requirements have been adjusted to allow greater flexibility.

Daiwa Foundation Small Grants

Deadlines: 31 March and 30 September annually

Daiwa Foundation Small Grants are available from £1,000-£5,000 to individuals, societies, associations or other bodies in the UK or Japan to promote and support interaction between the two countries. They now cover all fields of activity, including educational and grassroots exchanges, research travel, the organisation of conferences, exhibitions, and other projects and events that fulfil this broad objective. New initiatives are especially encouraged.

Daiwa Foundation Awards

Deadline: 31 May annually

Daiwa Foundation Awards are available from £5,000-£15,000 for collaborative projects that enable British and Japanese partners to work together, preferably within the context of an institutional relationship. Projects in all academic, professional, cultural and educational fields are eligible.


International Federation of University Women

International fellowships

Deadline: usually between 1 Sept and Mid Oct

The International Federation of University Women offers a limited number of fellowships and grants to women graduates for advanced research, study and training. The competitions are normally held every two years.

IFUW fellowships and grants are open only to women graduates who are members of the International Federation. The awards are intended to help finance short graduate and post-graduate study, research and training projects and to serve as complementary funds for longer programmes.

Awards offered include:

  • the British Federation Crosby Hall fellowship of £2,500 for women wishing to study or undertake research in Britain;
  • the Canadian Federation of University Women/A Vibert Douglas international fellowship of CAN$8,000 for use in Canada or abroad;
  • the Ida Smedley Maclean international fellowship of CHF8,000 to CHF10,000;
  • the study and action programme fellowship of CHF8,000 to CHF10,000;
  • the New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women/Daphne Purves grants of CHF3,000 to CHF6,000.

Fellowships are to encourage advanced scholarship and original research by university women. Applicants must be well started on the research programme to which the application refers. Fellowships are intended to cover at least eight months of work. They are not normally given for a masters or for the first year of a PhD programme.

Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center Research fellowships

Deadline: 01 Feb each year

The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center is one of the world's foremost institutions for research in literature, arts, and the humanities

Approximately 40 fellowships are awarded annually. Priority will be given to those proposals that concentrate on the center's collections and that require substantial on-site use of them.

The fellowships available are as follows:

  • American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies: two fellowships, jointly sponsored with the Ransom Center, for literary, cultural or historical study. Applicants must be members of ASECS at the time of application;
  • British Studies fellowship: for research in British literary, cultural, and historical subjects;
  • the Cline fellowships: for research on nineteenth- or early twentieth-century British topics;
  • the Fleur Cowles fellowships: two are available for research on topics related to twentieth-century art, journalism, women's studies, and general literature and culture;
  • the Dorot Foundation fellowships in Jewish Studies: for research on Jewish authors and on relevant cultural topics requiring research in the center's collections. These fellowships may be extended to four months or, exceptionally, for longer periods;
  • the Alfred A and Blanche W Knopf fellowship: for research in the areas of publishing and general literary studies, with special emphasis given to research concerning Knopf authors;
  • Limited Editions Club: for research in the center's rare book and print collections, with emphasis given to work with illustrated books;
  • the Andrew W Mellon Foundation: a number of fellowships are available in general literary and cultural studies. These fellowships may be extended to four months.
  • the Marlene Nathan Meyerson photography fellowship: for research in the center's photography collections;
  • Nikon/David Douglas Duncan fellowship: for research in the center's photography collections;
  • the Cora Maud Oneal fellowship: for research in general literary studies;
  • Pforzheimer fellowships in renaissance studies: for research in the Pforzheimer collection as well as in general Renaissance Studies;
  • the Warren Skaaren film fellowship: for research in the center's film collections;
  • the CP Snow fellowship: for research in general literary and cultural studies, with a special emphasis on the relationship of literature and science.;
  • the Ransom Center/South Central Modern Language Association fellowship: a jointly-sponsored award offered to members of SCMLA for general literary and cultural studies. Applicants must be members of SCMLA at the time of application.

Applicants must be postdoctoral or equivalent or have a substantial record of scholarly achievement. There are no nationality restrictions.


The British Institute in Eastern Africa

Research Grants

Deadline: Usually 30 April and 31 October

The Institute awards at its absolute discretion grants to assist scholars undertaking original research in Eastern Africa broadly defined, in any field of the humanities and social sciences with some emphasis on archaeology, African history, anthropology and related subjects. Grants are normally awarded as contributions towards actual research costs and do not include institutional overheads or any stipendiary element for applicants.

The maximum sum awarded is £1000 sterling or its equivalent in local currency.

It is a further condition that all BIEA grant recipients should be paid-up members of the Institute, minimally for the year the grant is awarded.



Over the next five years, the UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) aims to substantially improve research and education links between India and the UK, ensuring in the longer term that we become each other's partner of choice in education.

The UK Government has committed over £12 Million to the Initiative through the Department for Education and Skills (DfES), the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the Office of Science and Innovation (OSI) and the British Council. BP, BAE Systems, GlaxoSmithKline, Shell are Corporate Champions of the Initiative, and have pledged around £ 2 million cash and a similar value in-kind support. We are in discussions with the Government of India as well as Indian private sector sponsors about further collaborative involvement.

Higher Education and Research

The largest part of the £12 million UK government funding and additional corporate sponsorship funds will be directed towards Research and Higher Education collaborations. The two principal activities will be promoting research partnerships between centres of excellence, and developing joint and dual course delivery.

UKIERI emphasises creating institution to institution links - establishing durable channels and vehicles for collaboration in the years ahead. Excellence will be the hallmark of the project and research collaborations funded. The initiative, through rigorous evaluation, will be supporting research and collaboration proposals that can demonstrate excellence. Project proposals will be evaluated according to research merit, potential for innovation and overall benefit, with subject areas will be drawn from science and technology, the social sciences and other areas of economic importance in the India-UK relationship.

The initiative will support staff and student exchanges, promoting new links between Higher Education (HE) institutions and research centres of excellence. All institutions, intending to cooperate, are invited to submit project proposals. Research cooperation projects might include staff secondments, exchanges of postdoctoral and other research workers and support for postgraduate research students in both UK and India.

Collaborative delivery projects will include taught Master’s courses (Full Awards), and shorter postgraduate professional courses (Short Awards) which may carry an award or CATS credit rating. Collaborative delivery projects will normally receive support for a 3 year start-up period.

By 2011, the following minimum targets will have been met:

  • 50 new collaborative research projects, including 5 ‘major’ projects linking centres of excellence
  • 40 new UK award programmes delivered collaboratively in India with 2,000 Indian students enrolled
  • 300 additional Indian research students, postdoctoral researchers and staff will have worked in the UK
  • 200 UK researchers worked in India and 200 UK undergraduate students supported for studies in India
  • 2000 Indian research students completed research degrees in the UK through collaborative delivery

Higher Education and Research Awards

Collaborative Research Awards - Workshops in the UK and India
UKIERI supports research collaborations between the UK and India.

For details see:

Collaborative Programme Delivery Awards
UKIERI supports collaborations between UK and Indian institutions to facilitate the development and delivery of UK degrees and professional qualifications in India through institutional partnerships.

For details see



Commonwealth Foundation

Civil society responsive grants

Deadline: 30 June, 30 September, 31 December and 31 March

These grants enable people from developing Commonwealth countries to participate in activities such as short training courses, workshops, seminars, conferences, cultural festivals, exchanges and study visits in other Commonwealth countries.

The foundation's funding programmes areas are governance and democracy, sustainable development and culture and diversity.

The limit for a responsive grant application is £20,000. The majority of the grants given by the foundation are under £10,000, with the average grant being given approximately £5,000. Applications for grants of over £10,000 must be submitted in time for the 30 June and 31 December deadlines in order to be considered by the grants committee in September and March. respectively.

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research

The Foundation has a wide variety of grant programs for anthropological research and scholarship that are open to applicants irrespective of nationality or country of residence.

These include:

  • Conferences and Workshops
  • PhD Grants
  • Research Grants

Toyota Foundation

Research Grant Programme

Deadline: annually

The Toyota Foundation was established to work "for the sake of greater human happiness" in October 1974. Ever since, the Foundation has engaged in activities guided by the principles of "foresight, citizen participation, and internationality" in the hope of contributing toward an increase in human happiness and the development of society.

Research Grants are awarded on an annual basis and can be for one or two years

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation

Research grant

Deadline: August 1, annually

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation welcomes research grant proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence, aggression, and dominance. Particular questions that interest HFG concern violence, aggression, and dominance in relation to social change, the socialization of children, intergroup conflict, interstate warfare, crime, family relationships, and investigations of the control of aggression and violence. Grants are awarded to individuals, and are normally in the range of $15,000 to $30,000 per year for one or two years.

Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy

Research Grants

Deadline: January 31 annually

Grants are awarded for work in major areas of the social sciences, including anthropology, area studies, economics, political science, psychology, sociology, and urban studies, as well as newer areas such as evaluation research. Preference will be given to projects that deal with contemporary issues in the social sciences and issues of policy relevance.

In addition to the research grants, six special awards are offered which carry an additional stipend. They are:

  • the Joshua Feigenbaum award. This award is for empirical research on policy aspects of the arts and popular culture, with special reference to mass communication;
  • the Eli Ginzberg award. This award is made for a project involving solutions to major health and welfare problems in urban settings;
  • the Harold D Lasswell award. This award is for policy related projects in international relations and foreign affairs;
  • the Martinus Nijhoff award. This is awarded for studies of policy implications of scientific, technological and medical research;
  • the Robert K Merton award. This award is for studies in the relation between social theory and public policy;
  • the John L Stanley award. This is awarded for work that seeks to expand understanding of the political and ethical foundations of policy research.

Grants are made for a one year period and range from $3,000 to $5,000 each.



CO-REACH Social Science Collaborative Research between Europe and China

The CO-REACH Social Science Programme aims to bring together Chinese and European researchers, working in the social sciences and in part of the humanities, to collaborate on a joint topic of mutual interest, and to explore the possibilities of future co-operation in these areas. It is open both to European and Chinese scholars experienced at collaborating together and to those with little or no previous experience of China-Europe collaboration.

CO-REACH (Co-ordination of Research between European and China) is a network of European S&T policy and funding organisations involved in promoting research co-operation with China. It is supported by the European Commission as an ERA-NET Co-ordination Action. The network is intended to improve coherence and synergy in Europe’s S&T relations with China.

Funding partners:
Austria (The Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture)
Finland (The Academy of Finland)
France (French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and French Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research)
Germany (Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)
The Netherlands (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research)
United Kingdom (The British Academy, the Economic & Social Research Council, and the Arts & Humanities Research Council)
China (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)

Thematic priorities:

  • Law, Governance and Policy Making
  • Participation, Co-determination and Quality of Life
  • Labour Market Change, Migration and Social Cohesion
  • Demography, Family and Social Welfare
  • Cultural Heritage

What is covered :

  • Research visits
  • Workshops, seminar series, summer schools
  • Minor research costs (small-scale field work, data sets, consumables, small equipment, some personnel costs).

Full details of eligible costs for UK applicants are available on the following website:

Application process and further details: For further information and access to the electronic application process, please consult the CO-REACH website:

UK Applicants interested in the programme should contact Sharon Strange at the British Academy for further information. Contact names are available for advice on potential Chinese partners.
Telephone: 020 7969 5220
Fax: 020 7969 5414
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