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 listed below.

Applications are assessed twice a year; the deadlines for these grants rounds are 20 February and 20 August. Applications will be reviewed shortly afterwards, and awards announced within three months. To apply, please access the form here

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.


Please read our Criteria for Grants before applying for a grant.

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:

  • Milne Traveling Foundation
  • The Patricia Tomkins Foundation
  • 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