Arts and Humanities Funding: Small Grants

Funding area: Arts & Humanities

Small Research Grants are designed to support personally-conducted research. The main purpose of this scheme is to promote the research of the individual scholar whilst ensuring the high quality of research is maintained and advanced, and that outcomes are disseminated appropriately to the academic community, the public, the private sector, the Scottish Government and the third sector as appropriate (e.g. Creative Scotland, Historic Scotland, NHS Scotland and the creative industries).

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 desirable but not essential.

Please note that our payment process has changed for this round. See the Terms and Conditions for more information.

Fund deadline

September 30, 2020 5:00 pm

Fund value

£500 minimum - £7,500 maximum

Fund duration

Small Grant Awards should be carried out over a twelve month period and should begin between 1 December and 31 March in 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 Terms & Conditions for the relevant award. Please ensure you read all eligibility criteria outlined in the Terms and 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.