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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Apply for Research Funding

The Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics supports funding applications from internal and external applicants at any career stage for projects held within our Faculty. The first point of contact for new applications is the Faculty’s Research Administrator: The Research Administrator and the relevant Director of Section should be contacted about any potential research grant application at the earliest opportunity for support with the application and costing.

Application and approval process

The Faculty Research Administrator ( and Research Operations Office need at least four weeks' notice for all new funding applications. Late applications may not be approved and processed in time. This notice period is independent of the amount of funding applied for or whether the application is led by a PI in MMLL or led by another institution, where a researcher in MMLL is a Co-I or collaborator. The Research Administrator will advise you on deadlines, budgets and requirements for all approval stages for your specific application, so please get in touch as soon as possible about any future applications.

All funding applications require a University internal costing (X5) before they can be submitted. This will be prepared by the Research Administrator, who will give input and help with your project's budget. Applications cannot be approved and submitted without the completed X5.

All funding applications require approval by the Faculty’s Research Strategy Committee (RSC). Please visit the RSC page for guidance on the process and deadlines.

After receiving RSC approval, all applications need to be approved by the Research Operations Office before they can be submitted to the funder. Details of the approval process and deadlines can be found on the ROO website. Please note that applications need to be completed and fully submitted up to 7 working days before the funder deadline.

Any research involving human participants or personal data requires ethics approval. Information about ethics in research can be found on the University's research ethics page. The Faculty’s ethics forms can be found here.

For further details on the application process in MMLL, please download the MMLL Funding application procedure document.

Funders and funding schemes

Please visit the following links for the main funding bodies offering funding schemes relevant to MMLL:

Detailed information on funders and funding schemes, including internal funding, can be found on the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences research page. The School’s Research Facilitators can advise on suitable funding schemes for your specific research projects and give feedback on draft applications.

The Faculty runs an annual internal selection for Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships and British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships. Please visit the links for detailed information.

The University runs an internal selection for the ESRC New Investigator grant multiple times per year (March, June and October). Only applicants whose proposals have been approved and selected through the internal selection process will be allowed to proceed with submission of their applications to the ESRC. Information on how to apply will be circulated via email ahead of each deadline.

Further information

Administrator time

The Faculty requires that administrative staff is included in the budget of any funding applications where more than three people (PI, Co-Is, research assistants, research associates, technicians etc.) will be working on the project simultaneously at any time, for any projects with regular reporting requirements, timesheets, events to organise, extensive travel etc., and for projects longer than 12 months in duration where multiple researchers are involved. Please note that funding applications may not be approved if insufficient administrative time is included.

Investigator time

The University has a strict research investigator time policy, detailing the minimum time involvement of PIs and Co-Is in research projects:


Information on the application process involving College Teaching Officers (CTOs) can be found here:

Information for PIs

Information for how to manage ongoing research projects can be found here.


Professor Anna Elsner wins European Research Council Starting Grant

9 February 2022

Assistant Professor Anna Magdalena Elsner of French Literature and Culture at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, has been awarded the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant. Professor Anna Elsner is a former MPhil and PhD (2011) student at the University...

Simon Franklin's book, The Russian Graphosphere, awarded prestigious book prize.

19 November 2020

The Slavonic Section are delighted to congratulate Simon Franklin on his newest book, The Russian Graphosphere, 1450-1850 (Cambridge University Press, 2019), being awarded the prestigious University of Southern California Book Prize in Literary and Cultural Studies.

Cambridge University article features research of Dr Rebecca Reich

29 April 2019

Fantastic piece showcasing Dr Rebecca Reich's recent publication, 'State of Madness: Psychiatry, Literature and Dissent after Stalin'.

MEITS presented research at the House of Commons

6 December 2018

MEITS was part of a parliamentary event to present the research of the four OWRI projects at the House of Commons on Wednesday 28 November.

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