COMPAS Development

Originally an ESRC funded research centre, COMPAS is now broadly reliant on several separate activity streams for sustainability: research, teaching and knowledge exchange.


Our research is funded mainly through grants with UK research councils, charities, philanthropic organisations, and the European Commission. We currently have grants with the organisations listed below under ‘Current Funders‘.


Our teaching income comes from the supervision of graduate students admitted to a range of DPhil programmes and the Msc in Migration Studies within the University.

Knowledge Exchange

Our knowledge exchange income, comes from our KE initiatives namely The Migration Observatory and The Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity, which generate income from research grants and consultancy work.

Developing research proposals at COMPAS

We are interested in developing research projects or consultancy work, with organisations and individuals where the research supports our research strategy and research topics.

If you would like to discuss a research project, consultancy work or a funding opportunity please contact Development Manager or the relevant member of research staff for your topic.

COMPAS does not have its own grants or stipends to award.

If your project idea does not fit within our research strategy and research topics it is unlikely we will be able to support you.

Current funders:

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funds research and training in social and economic issues. It is an independent organisation, established by Royal Charter, but receives most of its funding through the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The ESRC funds over 2,500 researchers in academic institutions and policy research institutes throughout the UK, and supports more than 2,000 postgraduate students.

The European Commission – The Directorate-General for Research and Innovation‘s mission is to develop and implement the European research and innovation policy with a view to achieving the goals of Europe 2020 and the Innovation Union. As such, the DG contributes to making Europe a better place to live and work, improving Europe’s competitiveness, growth and job creation while tackling the main current and future societal challenges. COMPAS has been awarded several projects within the European Integration Framework (EIF)

The Leverhulme Trust was established in 1925 under the Will of the First Viscount Leverhulme with the instruction that its resources should be used to support “scholarships for the purposes of research and education.” Since that time, the Trust has provided funding for research projects, fellowships, studentships, bursaries and prizes; it operates across all the academic disciplines, the ambition being to support talented individuals as they realise their personal vision in research and professional training.

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. They seek to strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check. Working in every part of the world, the Open Society Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.

The Nuffield Foundation is a charitable trust established in 1943 by William Morris, Lord Nuffield, the founder of Morris Motors. Lord Nuffield wanted to contribute to improvements in society, including the expansion of education and the alleviation of disadvantage. He called this the ‘advancement of social well-being’, and emphasised the importance of education, training and research in achieving that goal. Today, the Trust works to improve social well-being by funding research and innovation in education and social policy.

ox_brand_blue_posOxford University Press is transferring £5m per annum for an initial period of ten years to create the John Fell OUP Research Fund, which is named after John Fell, Dean of Christ Church, Vice-Chancellor (1666-9), Bishop of Oxford, and ‘father’ of the modern Press. The Fund is intended to foster creativity and a proactive approach to research opportunities in all subject areas, and particularly interdisciplinary fields. It will make seed-corn and start-up grants, and provide staff and funds to stimulate applications to external agencies. As the Fund is intended to complement external funding bodies, it will not duplicate the purposes of those bodies. The Fund was launched in February 2006.


The Migration Observatory – Funders

The Migration Observatory is based at COMPAS and is funded by the following organisations:

BCtrust logo The Barrow Cadbury Trust is an independent, charitable foundation, committed to supporting vulnerable and marginalised people in society. It works with researchers, think tanks and government, often in partnership with other grant-makers, seeking to overcome the structural barriers to a more just and equal society.

EsmeeFairbairnRBG The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future. We do this by funding the charitable work of organisations with the ideas and ability to achieve positive change.

phf_logo_rgbThe Paul Hamlyn Foundation is an independent grant-making organisation. Their mission is to help people to realise their potential and enjoy a better quality of life, now and in the future.

unbound Unbound Philanthropy aims to support charitable operations in fields that promote self-determination by working to equalize the distribution of opportunities available to those who wish to help themselves and their families.

ESRC.jpgThe Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded the Migration Observatory’s Migration in Scotland project.



The Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity – Funders

ESRC.jpgThe Global Exchange were awarded an ‘Impact Acceleration Award’ in order to run a series of Breakfast Briefings and two knowledge Exchange Events: The implications of migration in the provision of health services and Migrant integration at local level (2014/15)


 The Open Society Initiative for Europe aims to contribute to more vibrant and legitimate democracies in the European Union by supporting the activists and civil society organizations confronting Europe’s many challenges. This programme has funded the Action for Inclusion Project.

indexInternational Labour Organisation in Asia and the Pacific, works with its members in the region to deal with these and other issues. Institution building and local economic development play a critical role in social and economic progress. Respect for fundamental principles and rights at work helps to ensure that all sections of society benefit. The Global Exchange has worked with ILO Asia and the Pacific and the ILO’s International Training Centre to provide training courses to policy officials in the ASEAN region.

The Welsh Government is the devolved Government for Wales. They are working to help improve the lives of people in Wales and make our nation a better place in which to live and work. They are currently funding a collaborative project with the Welsh Refugee Council – Migration Services in Wales.