International Academic Fellowships: develop new knowledge, skills and ideas overseas

The Research Awards Advisory Committee is pleased to announce that the International Academic Fellowships scheme will open for applications on 1 September 2012, offering approximately 15 Fellowships with a value of up to £22,000 each.

The scheme is intended to enable established academics to spend a concentrated period in one or more research centres outside the UK, in order to develop new knowledge, skills and ideas. The institution hosting the Fellowship may be a university, museum or research institute of any kind. The scheme may be used for example for:

  • observing and learning ground-breaking techniques or practices
  • developing new lines of research through overseas collaboration
  • making "discipline-hopping excursions" into new areas of research
  • developing innovations in teaching
  • exchanging ideas

Professor Keith Gull, Chairman of the Research Awards Advisory Committee, comments that "The real value of these awards is that they enable UK academics to get out there and do something different. Whether they are developing new teaching methodologies by working with colleagues overseas, or learning new research techniques, the aim is for these Fellowships to provide individuals with a stimulating experience that will in turn have a positive impact on their work in the UK."

Further information about the scheme is available here. Applications can be made online from 1 September 2012. The International Academic Fellowship scheme replaces the former Study Abroad Fellowships scheme.