Leverhulme Trust International Academic Fellowships for UK Researchers 2017

Publish Date: Sep 20, 2017

Up to £45,000 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 £45,000 is available for a period of 3 to 12 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 groundbreaking 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 £45,000. 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.


Fellowships are tenable for between 3 and 12 months, and the current round of awards must commence between 1 June 2018 and 1 May 2019.



  • must be resident in the UK at the time of application;
  • should have held an established post in a UK institution of higher education, or in a museum, art gallery or comparable institution for at least three years;
  • may not be registered for a degree, for doctoral studies, or for professional or vocational qualifications.

Applications will be considered in all subject areas with the following exceptions: both because of the substantial funding available from other sources for applied medical research, and the Trust’s priority to support investigations of a fundamental nature, we do not fund studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals, or research that is intended to inform clinical practice or the development of medical applications.


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).

For more information about the application procedure please click "Further Official Information" below.

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