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.
Fellowships for staff training and support for effective anti-sexual harassment initiatives at their home university. Applications are now closed.
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 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.
Awarded to member universities in any country to support initiatives that will boost gender equity and equality. Applications are now closed.
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.
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 are now closed.
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. Applications are now closed.
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.
Experienced climate and environment researchers based in eligible ACU member universities can apply to be a part of the Commonwealth Climate Research Cohort, a unique opportunity for rising-star researchers to enhance their leadership skills, collaborate, and influence on issues of climate and environment in the run up to COP26.
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.
Spaces are currently available for the training programme, and nominations must be submitted by Wednesday 31 March.
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. Applications open in May 2021.
The ACU Blue Charter Fellowships programme is designed to tackle marine pollution by supporting world-class research and innovation in marine plastics.
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.
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.