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.
If you have any questions about funding please contact us.
The grants calendar below shows when funding opportunities are coming up for the year 2021-2022. If you would like further information on specific grants, please use the links on this page.
|For students||ACU Summer School applications (opening 18 January)||
1 March 2022
Fellowships for staff training and support for effective anti-sexual harassment initiatives at their home university.
Virtual fellowships for academic and professional staff of member universities in any country to promote the exchange of knowledge, skills, and ideas between members.
The Coventry Fellowships support collaboration at a distance by forging new research partnerships between Coventry University in the UK and ACU member universities in other countries.
Awarded to member universities in any country to support initiatives that will boost gender equity and equality.
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.
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.
Open to staff at ACU member universities working in the area of human resources, the HR in HE Community Challenge Grants support the essential work of HR within universities and the aims of the HR in HE Community.
Grants for early career researchers at member universities to participate in conferences. They can be used to support virtual conference participation.
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.
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.
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.
This is an opportunity for students, but can only be applied for by university staff.
Early-career researchers in the field of marine and ocean sciences may be nominated to enrol in the Blue Charter Knowledge Exchange Training Programme to enhance their research dissemination skills. Those who complete the programme are eligible to apply for a bespoke grant scheme, designed to support researchers in the practical application of the skills they developed through training.
These grants provide funding for ACU members to deliver a virtual mobility project – such as an online summer school – in partnership with another ACU member university.
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.
Fully-funded scholarships to undertake any master's course at any UK university.
Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships are aimed at talented individuals who have the potential to make change.
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.
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.
The PhD studentships provide funding for research projects on Commonwealth-related themes.
Funding for UK students to participate in summer schools hosted by member universities in other countries.
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.