Major Research Fellowships

The application process for Major Research Fellowships is now open. The deadline for applications will be Thursday 10 May 2018, with results being announced in December 2018.

Major Research Fellowships provide replacement teaching costs over two or three years, to allow academics in the humanities and social sciences to focus on a specific piece of original research. 

These awards enable well-established and distinguished researchers in the humanities and social sciences to devote themselves to a single research project of outstanding originality and significance, capable of completion within two or three years. Candidates should state explicitly what the proposed outcomes of the award will be. Fellowships are particularly aimed at those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research.


The Fellowships fund the salary costs (normally starting at the most junior point of the lecturer scale at the institution concerned) of an individual to undertake the normal duties of the applicant for the duration of the Fellowship.

A Major Research Fellow may also request research expenses up to an annual maximum of £6,000. If such funds are required they must be requested as part of the application procedure.

Please ensure that applications do not include any ineligible costs.


The duration of a Fellowship is for two or three years, to start at the beginning of the 2019/20 academic year.

Eligibility and application information


If your query has not been answered in these pages please contact Nicola Thorp (020 7042 9872).

Professor Andrew George, SOAS University of London, MRF  2017: "The drunken gods: a new study of ancient Mesopotamian mythology". Image: Bas-relief wall slabs depicting the god Ninurta chasing away a hostile monster, Nimrud. A. H. Layard (1853) The Monuments of Nineveh. pl.5. Read more

Professor Sharon Monteith, Nottingham Trent University, MRF 2016: "The civil rights movement: a literary history". Image reproduced courtesy of Howard Rambsy/Psyche Southwell. Read more