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Funding for people

We provide research and education grants for individuals:  bursaries, scholarships, and fellowships.

These grants are generally administered by partner organisations, who are better placed to select outstanding recipients and we rely on their expertise. The Wolfson Foundation therefore does not accept applications for these grants directly. To see whether you are eligible to apply please visit the relevant partner organisation’s web page.



Wolfson Music Awards

Scholarships for outstanding young (secondary school-age) musicians in junior departments and funding for undergraduates to purchase instruments at nine musical conservatoires across the UK. Students are nominated by the conservatoire. Applicants can also apply under this programme for funding for the purchase of instruments. 

Intercalated Awards

Funding administered by the Royal College of Physicians for outstanding undergraduate students at selected medical schools who are likely to pursue a medical research career. These awards enable students to take a one year academic degree course inserted (i.e. ‘intercalated’) part way through their medical course. Applicants need to apply through their university.

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Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities

Focussed on students studying broadly in the area of history, literature and languages at nine partner universities.  Students are nominated by the university

Academic researchers

British Academy Wolfson Research Professorships

In partnership with the British Academy, the Wolfson Foundation awards a small number of professorships to established and outstanding academics in the humanities to focus on a specific research programme while freed from teaching and administrative commitments. Communicating the research to a wide audience is a requirement of the professorship. 

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British Academy Wolfson Fellowships

In partnership with the British Academy, the Wolfson Foundation awards a small number of fellowships to early career researchers in the humanities who show exceptional talent in both research and public engagement. The award enables them to undertake a specific research project over three years with funding divided between time buy out, research and travel expenses, and dissemination of findings.

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Royal Society Wolfson Research Fellowships
(previously Merit Awards)

Five year flexible funding supporting universities and research institutions to attract and retain outstanding scientific researchers by funding an increase to their salaries alongside related expenses. The scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine. This programme is jointly funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and administered by the Royal Society. 

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The Council for At-Risk Academics

Funding is provided to support The Council for At-Risk Academics (Cara) Fellowships Programme, which facilitates work placements at UK universities for early and mid-career researchers fleeing persecution or danger in other parts of the world.

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Workplace Employees

Wolfson Bursaries for Palliative Care Staff

Bursaries are provided for professional training for medical staff working in palliative care. These include, but are not limited to, adult and children’s hospice staff.

    Wolfson Bursaries for Care Home Staff

    Bursaries are provided for professional training relating to palliative care for staff working in care homes.

      Bursaries for Place2Be Child Counsellors

      25 new bursaries are being provided to improve access to child counselling courses to help mark Place2Be’s 25th anniversary.

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      Art Fund New Collecting Awards

      Funding for museum and gallery curators who are either in the early stages of their career or have had limited opportunities to collect, and wish to develop both their institution’s own collections and their curatorial expertise.

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      The Live Work Fund

      We are partnering with Jerwood Arts, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The Linbury Trust to provide the Live Work Fund which will support individuals whose work relies on live performance following the impact of Covid-19.  This fund is administered by Jerwood Arts.

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