To obtain funding as a Researcher you may wish to identify the appropriate fellowship schemes. Research Councils and other funding bodies offer appropriate funding schemes that are designed specifically for Research Staff.

You need to ensure that you are familiar with all the requirements and eligibility criteria of each funding scheme. Visiting the website of the funding body that you have chosen will give you the necessary information. It may also be useful to discuss your options with a senior Researcher who has experienced the funding process.

The University of Liverpool Research Support Office offers more information depending on the funding scheme that you may be interested in.

Search for funding opportunities using the following database:


Currently available funding opportunities that may be of interest for Research Staff can be downloaded here

Resources on support for Research Council grant applications can be found through the websites below:

AHRC - Arts and Humanities Research Council

AHRC Funding opportunities

AHRC Funding Guide (pdf)

BBSRC - Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

BBSRC Fellowships Support page

BBSRC Fellowship handbook (pdf)

EPSRC - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

EPSRC Fellowships Support page

EPSRC Funding guide (pdf)

ESRC - Economic and Social Research Council

Future Research Leaders Scheme

ESRC Guidance

MRC - Medical Research Council

MRC Available Fellowships Support page

MRC Guidance for applicants

NERC - Natural Environment Research Council

NERC Research Fellowship scheme Support page

NERC Fellowship handbook (pdf)

STFC - Science and Technology Facilities Council

STFC Fellowship schemes Support page

STFC Rules and Regulations

ERC – European Research Council

Starting Grants Information for applicants

Other funding bodies that may be of interest to Researchers (in alphabetical order):

BHF - British Heart Foundation

BHF Fellowships Support page

BHF How to apply guidelines

CRUK- Cancer Research UK

CRUK Fellowships Support page

Application guide

LT - Leverhulme Trust

LT Early Career Fellowships Support page


RS - Royal Society

RS Funding Scientists Support page

RS Check individual Fellowship guide in the support page

WT - Wellcome Trust

WT Funding areas Support pages

WT Check appropriate funding area in the support page