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Funding opportunities

The ACU is committed to delivering educational opportunities that make a positive and lasting difference.

We provide a range of funding opportunities to enable university staff and students to pursue world-class research and innovation. Some opportunities are open to all, while others are available only for ACU members - find out if your university is part of the ACU.

View opportunities for university staff

View all opportunities for students 

If you have any questions about funding please contact us

Open opportunities 

 

Opportunity

Opening date

Closing date

For students

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships

23 November 2020

18 January 2021 

For university staff

 

Medical Student Virtual Mobility Grants

30 November 2020

29 January 2021

Commonwealth Peace and Reconciliation Challenge Grants

3 December 2020 

22 January 2021

Early Career Conference Grants 

12 January 2021 

9 February 2021

For university staff

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Fellowships

Martha Farrell Memorial Fellowships

Fellowships for staff training and support for effective anti-sexual harassment initiatives at their home university. Applications are now closed.

ACU Fellowships

Virtual fellowships for academic and professional staff of member universities in any country to promote the exchange of knowledge, skills, and ideas between members. Applications are now closed.

Coventry University Fellowships

Applications are now open for two Coventry University Fellowships. The Fellowships support collaboration at a distance by forging new research partnerships between Coventry University in the UK and ACU member universities in other countries. 


Grants

Gender Grants

Awarded to member universities in any country to support initiatives that will boost gender equity and equality. Applications are now closed.

Commonwealth Climate Resilience Challenge Grants

Open to professional and academic staff at ACU member universities, these grants support collaborative work focused on the Commonwealth Climate Resilience Network’s priority themes. Applications are now closed.

Commonwealth Peace and Reconciliation Challenge Grants

Open to professional and academic staff at ACU member universities, these grants support collaborative work focused on the Commonwealth Peace and Reconciliation Network’s priority themes. Applications open in December 2020.

Early Career Conference Grants

Grants for early career researchers at member universities to participate in conferences. They can be used to support virtual conference participation. Applications are currently open and will close Tuesday 9 February.

Higher Education and the SDGs Challenge Grants

Open to professional and academic staff at ACU member universities, these grants support collaborative work focused on the Higher Education and the SDGs Network’s priority themes. Applications open in April 2021.

Early Career Research Training Grants

Grants for member institutions to provide training to their early career research students in essential skills to enable them to succeed in their careers, whether they remain in academia or utilise their skills in other professional fields. Applications are now closed.

Medical Student Virtual Mobility Grants

The funding will enable UK medical schools to set up a virtual exchange for collaboration and shared learning between their students and those in other countries. Applications are currently open and will close on Monday 29 January. 

This is an opportunity for students, but can only be applied for by university staff.


For students 

Scholarships

The ACU manages a number of prestigious international scholarship schemes, including the UK government’s three major scholarship programmes - Chevening, UK Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships, and Marshall Scholarships. 

Chevening

Fully-funded scholarships to undertake any master's course at any UK university.

UK Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships

Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships are aimed at talented individuals who have the potential to make change.

Marshall Scholarships

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Up to fifty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at a UK institution in any year of study.

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships

Open to applicants from any Commonwealth country, the scholarships provide a unique opportunity to study for a two-year Master’s degree at a member university in a low or middle income country. Applications open in November 2020.


Fellowships

Routledge/Round Table Commonwealth Studentships

The PhD studentships provide funding for research projects on Commonwealth-related themes. Applications open in May 2021.

Blue Charter Fellowships

The ACU Blue Charter Fellowships programme is designed to tackle marine pollution by supporting world-class research and innovation in marine plastics.


Grants

ACU Global Grants

Funding for UK students to participate in summer schools hosted by member universities in other countries. If they are unable to go ahead in their traditional form in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they will be converted to a virtual exchange initiative. Applications are currently open and will close on Monday 18 January at 23:59 UTC.

ACU Summer School

The ACU Summer School provides a forum for students from every corner of the Commonwealth to discuss multidisciplinary issues of global importance. The School is hosted in a different country each year and explores a range of different themes. Previous years have spanned public health, building sustainable communities, big data, global food security and more. 

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