Funding opportunities

The John Rylands Research Institute and Library has a range of funding opportunities available to researchers at every stage of their career.

Our grants provide exceptional scholars, from The University of Manchester and beyond, with the support required to undertake original and significant research using our world-class collections. We also support applications to a number of external postdoctoral schemes, such as the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust.

Grant holders have access to the John Rylands Research Institute and Library’s extensive and diverse collections, as well as to a strong community of outstanding researchers, curators and imaging specialists. We also offer tailored grant writing support for those wishing to apply for larger external grant schemes.

Information about all of our available funding opportunities, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, can be found on this page.

Current opportunities

Support for research events

Funding for support for research events, 2024-2025

Application deadline: 5pm, Friday 5 July 2024

Applications to:

Grants are available to support research events led by University of Manchester researchers and linked to the rich Special Collections of The University of Manchester Library, which includes the collections of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE (Race Archives and Community Engagement) Centre, or to allied academic fields. 

These grants can be used to support either individual events, or a series of linked events to take place during the 2024/25 academic year.

All activities and spending must be completed before 31 July 2025. 

Please note for the first time, the JRRIL Research Events Grant is open to all staff at the University, including those on permanent, fixed term research and academic-related contracts, teaching and scholarship contracts and those working in library and professional roles, as long as their proposed event meets the the criteria of the call.

Applicants on fixed term contracts must be employed at the University while undertaking the event, and should supply the end date of their contract. Postgraduate research students enrolled for the 2024-25 year are elso eligible to apply, and should likewise state their expected date of PhD submission. 

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Computational and digital research on JRRIL collections: Expressions of interest for new grant development scheme

Computational and digital research on JRRIL collections: Expressions of interest for new grant development scheme

The John Rylands Research Institute and Library will support the development of a number of new pilot computational and digital projects which have the potential to lead to major grant applications. In this first call, we are particularly interested in fostering research projects in two areas:

  1. those which will produce an online digital exhibition using the Manchester Digital Exhibitions platforms, and
  2. those using computer vision and AI approaches.

All successful applicants will be given intensive group and one-to-one technical support through May and June 2024 from book historian and digital humanist, Dr Giles Bergel, plus input from library specialists and research software engineers as required. Further research grant support will be available through the academic year 2024-25 to help develop the pilot idea into a full grant proposal.

We will be holding two online information sessions on Zoom on Wednesday 24 April 2024, 4-5pm (Digital Exhibitions) and Thursday 25 April 2024, 4-5pm (Computer Vision), and these will also be recorded. Please email to book onto the session(s).

No prior technical experience or full project outline is required to participate, although all projects must be securely located in the Special Collections of the JRRIL. Following the information sessions, interested researchers will be asked to submit their indicative project idea and a 150-250 word summary of what they hope to achieve by Wednesday 1 May 2024 to We will notify applicants of our decisions by Wednesday 8 May 2024, and will schedule one-to-one mentoring sessions from that week onwards.

Please note: We hope to be able to support up to eight researchers to develop their grant ideas, but in the event of more demand we may have to run a selection process, and/or run a second session early in the 24-25 academic year. All applicants should therefore be employed by The University of Manchester until end June 2025.

Visiting Early Career Research Fellows

Visiting Early Career Research Fellowships 2024/25

The John Rylands Research Institute welcomes applications from Visiting Early Career Research Fellows.

The deadline for applications is 5pm, Monday, 6 May 2024.

Fellowships are available for early career academics to develop an application for an externally funded postdoctoral fellowship (for example, through the British Academy, Levershulme or Wellcome Trusts) to undertake a future research project using the Special Collections held in The University of Manchester Library. The purpose of the awards is to allow researchers unfamiliar with either archival research or the rich holdings of The University of Manchester’s Special Collections the opportunity to identify areas of particular research promise.

Fellows will receive an allowance of up to £1,500 per month for a maximum of three months; a dedicated workspace in the John Rylands Library, and access to curatorial and grant-writing support.

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We are running two drop-in sessions for any pre-application advice and questions:

  • Thursday, 14 March 2024, 2-3pm
  • Thursday, 21 March 2024, 2-3pm

Please email to book on.

Visiting Doctoral Fellowships at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, 2024-25

Visiting Doctoral Fellowships at the John W. Kluge Center at the Linbrary of Congress, 2024/25

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Monday 10 June 2024

This fellowship has been created to support an outstanding doctoral student from The University of Manchester to undertake archival research at the Library of Congress, Washington DC. 

The successful candidate will spend up to three months as a full-time residential fellow at the John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress, and will receive a bursary of £2,200 per month plus a return flight to Washington DC. 

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