Major Research Fellowships

Providing 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 2018/19 academic year.

Eligibility and application information

Please read the following before submitting an application.


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

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Professor Alan Read, King's College London was awarded a Major Research Fellowship in 2009 to research Inigo Jones' past and present performance at Somerset House. Anatomy Museum (FW troupe, 1932), King’s College London. Liddell Hart Archive.

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Professor Brian Cummings, University of Sussex was awarded a Major Research Fellowship in 2008; providing £131,691 over 36 months for The Confessions of Shakespeare. Wedding at Bermondsey c. 1570 Joris Hoefnagel (Museum: Hatfield House, Hertfieldshire, United Kingdom).