Early Career Fellowships scheme

Part of the UK government’s International Science Partnerships Fund, the scheme provides grants for UK higher education and research institutions to host international cohorts of early-career researchers in the 2024-25 academic year.

The scheme will enable early-career researchers to collaborate internationally and gain access to new research environments, facilities, knowledge and expertise, creating lasting benefits for the Early Career Fellow, as well as the UK and international country/territory research communities through sustainable collaboration.

UK institutions will apply to host research cohorts in specific research areas, linked to the four overarching themes under the International Science Partnerships Fund.

  • Resilient planet – leading the green industrial revolution to protect the planet.
  • Healthy people, animals and plants – researching and innovating for secure and healthy populations.
  • Transformative technologies – developing responsible technologies to secure our place in tomorrow’s world.
  • Tomorrow’s talent – nurturing talent to drive inclusion, research and innovation.

Eligibility: The call is open to UK higher education and research institutions eligible to receive UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funding. Institutions must also be listed on the UK Home Office Register of Student Route Sponsors (approved ‘Education Providers’) and be QAA/OfS/SFC/HEFCW/DfE inspected and approved.

Level of funding: A grant of £180,00 to fund three Early Career Fellows for a placement length of six-12 months.

Additional information: UK institutions can apply to host cohorts of early-career researchers from Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Key dates

  • 8 January 2024: applications close at 10 a.m. GMT

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