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Sociology Research


Research Approval Process


Applying for research funding through the Department of Sociology

The notes below provide a brief guide to the key steps in applying for research funding through the Department of Sociology.

If you have any specific queries about these steps please contact the Sociology Research Grants Administrator by email in the first instance, to discuss.

Key points to note: 

  • All applications must have a sponsor within the Department – a University Teaching Officer who will help to review and shape your proposal.
  • Research grant applications require extensive planning – meet with your potential sponsor and inform the Research Grants Administrator of your intent to apply at least two months in advance of the application deadline.
  • All applications require departmental approval in order to proceed. To obtain departmental approval, please submit the Sociology Head of Department Approval Form to the Research Grant Administrator. This is mandatory for all research applications – internal or external, regardless of value.
  • The majority of applications require a thorough budget costing, which is completed using the University Costing Tool, X5. The Research Grants Administrator will assist you in preparing this.
  • Be aware that there are Departmental and central University deadlines that must be adhered to: to ensure these are met, your research grant application must be finalised and ready for submission at least seven working days before the funder deadline.

For further details speak with your departmental sponsor or email the Research Grants Administrator:


Further information for University of Cambridge internal applicants and Sponsors: