U21 Researcher Resilience Fund

Call now open!

The Universitas 21 Researcher Resilience Fund will support the development of the network’s PhD and early career researchers who are looking to return to a very different research environment to the one that we once knew. U21 will be offering awards of US$ 5000 to support collaborative projects that develop researchers’ capability and capacity to work digitally or virtually, in order to adapt to life as a researcher, post-covid. There is a total of US$ 100,000 available and we hope to fund 20 projects in total. The aim is to not only help build and shape researchers' digital capacity, but also aim to develop global perspectives on problem-solving, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary working practices. The funded projects will create a suite of resources to be shared among the wider network. The deadline for submission is Monday 22 June 12:00 GMT.


Researchers will work together to find innovative ways of transforming their existing skills in order to adapt to working in a virtual (alternative) domain. Doctoral candidates and early career researchers are eligible. Partnerships of researchers from two or more U21 member universities, across at least 2 countries, can apply for this fund. It is expected that these examples will be shared within the U21 network as examples of best practice.

The U21 Researcher Resilience Fund will make awards of up to US$ 5000 per project that enhance researchers’ capability and capacity to work digitally or virtually within the U21 network. Funding may be used for skills development and training, and technology set-up costs, such as:

  • Digital training workshops
  • Subscriptions for online platforms for network-building
  • Costs associated with developing a subject-specific support network for COVID-19.

Note that the funding cannot be used to pay for fractional staff salaries or cover overheads/research office administration fees. Also note that the application will require sign-off from a U21 Researcher Engagement representative.

Further Information

Find information regarding the call, together with the application form on the U21 website.

Call for Application (PDF, 100 KB)

Application Form (PDF, 88 KB)