YOU ARE HERE: Home > Awards and Grants > Grants for Studies

I want information on:

Information for:

Grants for studies

The RAS awards grants in support of studies in astronomy and geophysics. Applications are assessed on a competitive basis, and successful proposals receive awards drawn from the Society's Research and Grants Funds supported by the generosity of our benefactors.


Applications are assessed twice a year; the deadlines for these grants rounds are 15 February and 15 August. Applications received by these deadlines will be reviewed shortly afterwards, and awards announced within two months. If you require a decision before 15 October, you should apply by 15 February, and if you require a decision before 15 April you should apply by 15 August the previous year. Only in exceptional circumstances will applications be considered outside this deadline.


In addition, the RAS:

Many of the Society's grants are only available thanks to legacies. You may wish to make your own legacy to support the Society's work.

How to apply for a grant from the Research and Grants Fund


Please see Applying for a grant for the application form and detailed instructions.




The Society's Research and Grants Funds are indebted to the following generous benefactors:

  • The C. A. G. Bearpark Trust
  • Mrs Jelley's Bequest
  • The E. W. Brown Trust
  • The Plummer Bequest
  • The A. G. Stillhammer Trust
  • The Victor Nadarov Fund
  • The William McCrea Fund
  • The Hosie Bequest
  • The Patricia Tomkins Foundation