The Scheme: Context

Following targeted support to UCFL representative groups in the devolved regions/jurisdictions, UCFL has made available small-scale grant funding to facilitate projects that support the languages mission and values of the organisation.

Indicative projects to be supported include:

  • Support for research events/workshops that relate to languages, literature and area studies
  • Support for pedagogy projects/events/workshops that relate to languages, literature and area studies
  • Support for work or publications that enables impact and public engagement promoting a Languages mission and values
  • Support for projects and events that promote and develop university-school partnership for languages
  • Bursaries to support colleagues with childcare responsibilities to attend conferences or comparable events

We are particularly keen to support:

  • Projects and events that relate to Languages research and/or professional development as a Languages scholar, and that include provision of bursaries for PGR and Early Career Academics to participate
  • Projects that make the most of digital opportunities and advance the digital agenda
  • Projects and events that promote widening participation across Languages
  • Project and events that aim at strengthening global collaborations and fostering a more diverse and inclusive context in research and teaching

Please note that bids requesting support to cover Open Access funding costs or to pay fees/honorary for speakers at events are not considered to meet the terms of the scheme.

We will not discount applications requesting costs for speaker/participant travel and/or accommodation, but these costs must be carefully justified within the context of the proposed project.

Funds available

UCFL will reserve £4,000 p.a to the scheme (September to September). It will accept bids of between £250.00 and £800.00. Matched funding from other sources is welcomed. Once the funding has been exhausted in a given cycle, no further funding will be made available in that year in order to ensure sustainability.

Eligibility criteria

Colleagues at UCFL member HEIs or UCFL-affiliated organisations, including academic and professional services colleagues, researchers and postgraduate research and postgraduate taught students. 

Decision-Making Process

A rotating panel of 4 members of the UCFL Executive Committee will assess and adjudicate on bids submitted. Decisions will be made on a biannual basis (November and April) and formally announced at the two Executive Committee meetings in the year. 

Criteria for Success

  1. That the project supports, develops and extends the Languages mission of UCFL
  2. That the project is fully accessible and available to members of UCFL and the broader academic community
  3. That the project advocates for an open and inclusive approach to Languages scholarship
  4. That recipients of bursaries and awards are committed to supporting the civic mission of the organisation and partnership working with other languages stakeholders


To apply, please send a completed application form, providing the following: 

  • Name/Institution/UCFL Affiliate Organisation
  • Funding project/activity (including substantiating documentation, such as conference/workshop programme, if appropriate)
  • Date(s) of activity/event
  • Fit with criteria for success

Applications are now assessed twice a year. Applications for 2023 are now closed.

Upon receipt of an award, successful awardees pledge to provide a short report (up to 300 words) and/or visual record for inclusion on the UCFL website. They should include acknowledgement of UCFL support on all outcomes and materials.

Outcomes and Reports of Successful Projects