International Academic Fellowships

Enabling established researchers based at a UK higher education institution to spend a period of time in overseas research centres, to develop new knowledge, skills and ideas. Up to £40,000 is available for a period of three to twelve months. 

International Academic Fellowships provide established researchers with a concentrated period based in one or more research centres outside the UK. The intention of the scheme is to provide opportunities to develop new knowledge, skills and ideas, and may for example be used for the following:

  • 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

If you wish to dedicate a period abroad entirely to a research project you should apply to the Trust’s Research Fellowships scheme.


The maximum value of a Fellowship is £40,000. Eligible costs include: reasonable replacement cover whilst the Fellow is overseas; travel to and within the overseas country or countries; a maintenance grant to meet the increased expense of living overseas; and essential research costs.

Please ensure that applications do not include any ineligible costs.


Fellowships are tenable for between 3 and 12 months, and the current round of awards must commence between 1 June 2017 and 1 May 2018.

Eligibility and application information

Please read the following before submitting an application.


If your query has not been answered in these pages please contact Bridget Kerr (020 7042 9862), Anna Grundy (020 7042 9861) or Andreas Heiner (020 7042 9863).

Field work in the course of the Cide Archaeological Project in the Pontic Mountains of the central Turkish Black Sea region. Highland encounters: practice, perception and power in the mountains of the ancient middle east. Dr Claudia Glatz, University of Glasgow. 

Image taken with an atomic force microscope of the surface of a growing nanoporous crystal. The spiral terrace is one nanometer high (0.000000001 meters). Monte Carlo and MD calculations of crystal growth in nanoporous materials. Professor Michael Anderson, University of Manchester.