The Royal Society provides a range of grant schemes to support the UK scientific community and foster collaboration between UK based and overseas scientists. Please note that we are unable to provide funding to Masters or PhD students.

Early career schemes
support scientists and academics at the start of their career.
Senior career schemes
provide long-term support to established scientists.
Innovation and industry schemes
support innovation and links between science and industry.
Education schemes
support science education and public engagement.
Research and infrastructure schemes
help purchase equipment and renovate laboratories.
Capacity building schemes
help build science capacity in Africa.
Collaboration and travel schemes
support international travel and joint research.

We currently fund about 1500 researchers, including approximately 600 research fellows, through grant schemes. Read the case studies to learn more about the scientists to whom we provide long-term support.

The Society aims to accommodate flexible working arrangements with its grant schemes. Our fellowships allow for part-time working, sabbaticals and secondments and there is also provision for maternity, paternity, adoptive or extended sick leave (other care-related leave is also considered).

Under-represented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

The application and assessment process varies between the schemes but may include a shortlisting process, peer review and an interview. Funding decisions are made by the relevant appointment panel, which is usually chaired by a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Nearly £42 million is allocated each year to support excellence in science. Our funding sources include Parliamentary Grant as well as donations from individuals and organisations.

Each year we celebrate the Society's support for innovation in science and technology at a Labs to Riches event.


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Schemes currently open

University Research Fellowship
closes 03 September 2015

Newton International Fellowships
closes 09 September 2015

Newton Advanced Fellowships
closes 16 September 2015

Royal Society Research Professorship
closes 03 November 2015

Brian Mercer Feasibility Award
rolling round

Research Fellows database

The Research Fellows database contains details of current grant holders.

Contact us

Please contact us if you have a query about applying for a scheme or receiving your current funding.