Visiting Professorships

Awarded to UK institutions that wish to invite an eminent researcher from overseas for an extended stay in the UK to enhance the knowledge and skills of academic staff or the student body within the host institution. The scheme covers maintenance, travel expenses and research costs. Visiting Professorships last for between 3 and 12 months.

The objective of these awards is to enable distinguished academics based overseas to spend between 3 and 12 months inclusive at a UK university, primarily in order to enhance the skills of academic staff or the student body within the host institution. It is recognised that Visiting Professors may also wish to use the opportunity to further their own academic interests. The over-riding criteria for selection are first the academic standing and achievements of the visitor in terms of research and teaching, and secondly the ability of the receiving institution to benefit from the imported skills and expertise. Priority will be given to new or recent collaborative ventures.


Applications are invited for a minimum of £10,000 and a maximum of £150,000. The sum requested should reflect the individual circumstances of the visitor and the nature and duration of the proposed activities. A maintenance grant up to a level commensurate with the salary of a professor in the relevant field at the receiving institution may be requested. Economy travel costs to and from the UK will also be met. Requests for associated costs, if justified by the programme, may include, for example, travel within the UK, laboratory consumables, and essential technical assistance.

Please ensure that applications do not include any of the ineligible costs listed here.


A Visiting Professorship may last for between 3 and 12 months, and tenures of 6 months or more can be spread over two or more visits.

Please read the following before submitting an application.


If your query has not been answered in these pages please contact Andreas Heiner (020 7042 9863).

Image credit: Y. Feng, R. Croft, T. Di Matteo (Carnegie Mellon), Y. Dubois, J. Devriendt & A. Slyz (Oxford).

A super-high resolution cosmological simulation of the formation of a supermassive black hole at the centre of a galaxy. Professor Patrick Roche, University of Oxford was awarded a Visiting Professorship grant in 2012.