Specialist funders

The funders with asterisks (*) indicate those which will need to be processed either by the University or the relevant GLAM institution's Development Office.

Please note that some of the following funders may be prioritising funding projects and organisations supporting communities through the COVID-19 pandemic and that some schemes may be temporarily/permanently closed.

American Council of Learned Societies supports scholars across humanities and related social sciences. Some programmes are available to international applicants and which have varying restrictions on citizenship or home university.

The Annals of Botany Company makes small grants and donations for research activity and conference attendance to botanical scientists and organisations with a view to forwarding botanical science.

The Bakarat Trust supports the study and preservation of Islamic heritage, architecture, archaeology, art and culture by funding students, academic research, publications, digitisation, conservation, conferences and other projects.

Daiwa Foundation is dedicated to the enhancement of Anglo-Japanese relations. The Foundation awards grants to individuals and institutions in the UK and Japan in all areas of the visual and performing arts, the humanities, the social sciences, science and engineering, mathematics, business studies, and education, including schools and universities, and grass roots and professional groups.

*Ellerman Foundation aims to advance the wellbeing of people, society and the natural world by focusing on the arts, environment and social action.

*Esmée Fairbairn Foundation supports work that focuses on the Arts, Children and Young People, the Environment, Food and Social Change.

*The Garfield Weston Foundation supports UK charities across the fields of arts, community, education, environment, faith, health, museums & heritage, welfare and youth. 

*Heritage Fund funds projects that connect people and communities to the national, regional and local heritage of the UK.

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is Japan’s sole independent funding agency with a mission of advancing science, including promoting science-related international exchange.

The Linnean Society offers a variety of grants with the aim of promoting the study of all aspects of the biological sciences.

L'Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science supports women in science by funding awards, fellowships and international rising talent.

Mondriaan Fund International Presentations fund internationally acknowledged contemporary art platforms outside the Netherlands for the presentation of work by living artists from the Netherlands.

The National Geographic Society supports 'explorers' in the fields of conservation, education, research, storytelling, and technology.

You may also wish to use Research Professional, an online research funding database and news service which is free for everyone at Oxford.

For any research application remember that it is your responsibility to check the full guidance from the funder carefully to ensure your own eligibility, project eligibility, and current deadlines and timings.

Also remember that Research Services require at least one week before the funder deadline to process your application.