Arts and Humanities Funding: Research Networks

Funding area: Arts & Humanities

Research Networks are designed to create and/or to consolidate collaborative partnerships over a two-year period. ‘Partnerships’ may be defined in a range of ways, and may involve collaboration between colleagues in different disciplines (which may extend into areas beyond the arts and humanities), in different HEIs, and/or in HEIs and Scottish Cultural Institutions.

The award may be used to expand the activities of existing Research Workshops, or to initiate new projects, although evidence of previous successful collaborative work amongst the participants will be an advantage. Under this scheme, adherence to the key principles of the RSE’s Arts & Humanities Awards programme i.e. collaborative research, relevance in the Scottish context, and knowledge exchange, is essential.

The RSE Arts and Humanities awards will open for applications in early June.

Fund value

The maximum award will be £20,000 per Network, over two years.

Fund duration

Network awards should be carried out over a twenty-four month period and should begin between 1 December and 31 March of the academic year.

Additional Information


The RSE Arts and Humanities awards scheme funds research within the remit provided by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Please visit their website for further details of the eligible disciplines.

RSE Arts and Humanities awards are open to applications from Principal Investigators who are one of the following: a full or part-time academic in the arts and humanities employed by a Higher Education Institution in Scotland; a full or part-time practitioner or research-active member of staff in the creative, visual or performing arts employed by a Scottish Cultural Institution with a demonstrable commitment to teaching and research within said institution; or a retired academic in the arts and humanities who retains demonstrable links with a Scottish Higher Education or Cultural Institution.

Please see our Terms & Conditions for further eligibility criteria.


To apply, create a personal profile on the RSE website, or log in using your existing details: www.rse.org.uk/my-account

Once in your personal profile, register to apply under “apply for funding” in the menu on the left hand side of the screen. You will then be able to access the application form, guidelines and referee forms for the relevant award. Please ensure you read the Terms & Conditions carefully before applying. Once completed, send your application to us by email.

In the meantime, if you have any questions about the award, please contact us.