Returning Carers Fund

Next deadline: 15 November 2024 (TBC)

The Returning Carers Fund supports those who have taken a break for caring responsibilities to re-establish their research careers.

It is deliberately designed to be flexible. Applicants can apply for grants normally up to £6k, or in exceptional circumstances up to an absolute maximum of £12k, which can be used in whatever way they feel will best support them to return to research and develop their career. Applications might request funding for teaching buyout, for fieldwork or for research assistance.

Full details on eligibility and the application process are on the University website on the Equality & Diversity pages.

Applications must be discussed and agreed with the staff member’s supervisor or Head of Department or Faculty Board Chair so please contact Research Administration at  if you are thinking about applying.

How to apply

Applicants should read the full criteria and submit their application using the application template. Please visit the University's webpage for more information.

The deadline for applications is Friday of 5th week each term. In 2023-24, deadlines will be: 

15 November 2024. 

21 February 2025. 

30 May 2025

If you intend on applying, please let us know at least 3 weeks before the application deadline -

Please note that applications for retrospective payments are not allowed.