Sources of funding for research in China

1. British Academy

The British Academy is the UK's expert body that supports and speaks for the humanities and social sciences.

It funds research across the UK and in other parts of the world, producing knowledge, insights and ideas that help us to address the great challenges of our time.

British Academy awards are offered for postdoctoral research in these fields. You can find more information on their funding opportunities on the British Academy website

The International Partnership and Mobility Scheme aims to support the development of partnerships between the UK and other areas of the world where research excellence would be strengthened by new, innovative initiatives and links. Grants are also available through this scheme.

2. Economic and Social Research Council

Applications can be made for research grants and postgraduate funding to facilitate international research through the standard ESRC research grant procedures. See here for further information

3. Sino-British Fellowship Trust

The Sino-British Fellowship Trust provides grants of up to £10,000 to support individual or co-operative research projects. Research may be conducted either in Britain or in China, or in both countries, and must involve person-to-person contacts.

4. 'Science Bridges'

Research Councils UK’s scheme 'Science Bridges' encourages research which embraces both strong international collaboration and close links with the business world. The initiative supports research with partner institutions either in China, India or the US. For more information about these awards, please visit the RCUK website.

5. Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship

Offering fifty per cent match-funding for the salary costs of three-year academic research position, the scheme enables early career researchers to undertake a significant piece of publishable work.

6. Newton International Fellowships

These Fellowships are organized jointly by the British Academy and the Royal Society. The long-term aim of the scheme is to build a global pool of research leaders and encourage long-term international collaboration with the UK. They are initially of two years' duration and are intended to attract top postdoctoral researchers to the UK. See here for further information.

7. Internal Awards

There is a small fund within the Lancaster China Management Centre (LCMC) to support on-going research. Please email us for more information.

Other useful web sites are:

GB-China Centre
China-Britain Business Council (of which the Centre is a full membership subscriber)