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 open.
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 open in September 2020.
Awarded to member universities in any country to support initiatives that will boost gender equity and equality. Applications open on 20 August 2020.
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 open in October 2020.
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.
Grants for early career researchers at member universities to participate in conferences. They can be used to support virtual conference participation. Applications open in January 2021.
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.
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 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. Applications open in November 2020.
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. Applications open in February 2021.
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.
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 open in November 2020.