Arts and Humanities Funding: Research Workshops

Funding area: Arts & Humanities

These awards are designed to encourage collaborative investigation into a research proposition that is at an early stage of its development. A Workshop is regarded by the RSE as “the coming together of scholars at the early stage of planning and developing a collaborative research initiative.”  Funding will encourage and support a range of seminars, colloquia, workshops and lectures which will advance the exploration of the topic, theme or issue in the course of a twelve month period.  Please note that this award is not for a single event.  A conference, colloquium or seminar designed to provide a forum for sharing completed or advanced research is not eligible under this scheme.

The Research Workshops are intended to facilitate intellectual and creative interaction between researchers from different disciplines and from a range of institutions, within the academic community, the public and the private sectors, the Scottish Government and the third sector as appropriate (e.g. Creative Scotland, Historic Scotland, NHS Scotland and the creative industries).

Knowledge Exchange is an important part of these awards and will be taken into account when the selection of projects is made.  It must exist between the creators and potential users of this research and should be informed by, or developed with, the users.

It is envisaged that the Workshops will lead to long-term research projects in the area explored in order to provide tangible results that will be of value to the academic community and the wider public.

Research Workshops will create a climate in which established researchers or practitioners can support colleagues at an early stage in their career and research students by providing access to the high-level discussion and development of ideas.

Fund deadline passed

This fund is currently closed for applications.

Fund value

Funding of up to £10,000 is available per Workshop Award and should begin between December and March in the academic year.

Fund duration

Awards should be carried out over a twelve month period.

Additional Information


The RSE Arts and Humanities funding remit, in line with the Arts and Humanities Research Council, covers the following research areas:

History, Cultures and Heritage – Archaeology, Classics, Cultural and Museum Studies, Development Studies, History, Information and Communication Technologies (where they are applied to the humanities), Law and Legal Studies, Library and Information Studies, Philosophy, Political Science and International Studies, Theology and Divinity and Religion.

Creative and Performing Arts – Dance, Design, Drama and Theatre Studies, Media, Music and Visual Arts.

Literature and Languages – Languages and Literature and Linguistics.

Please visit https://ahrc.ukri.org/funding/research/subjectcoverage/ahrc-disciplines/ to see a further breakdown of eligible subjects.

Social science subjects are not covered by this scheme.


The Principal Investigator applying for a Research Workshop award should be an academic active in these Arts and Humanities subject areas based in a Scottish Higher Education Institution, or a member of staff based in a Scottish Cultural Institution. Collaboration with other disciplines is encouraged. Part time and retired staff are also eligible provided that they can demonstrate a significant and continuing link to the host institution. In addition, early career researchers who are on staged contracts to a permanent lectureship position are permitted to apply (please note that you MUST also already be in contract for the duration of the award).

Post-graduate students are not eligible for this award. RSE Committee members are also not permitted to apply for funding from an award scheme for which they serve on the Committee. Committee members who wish to apply should step down from their post first.


The next round of Research Workshops grants will likely open for applications in Summer 2019. Please check back here closer to the time.

In the meantime, if you have any questions about the award, please contact Rita Velaviciute, Research Awards Officer.