Funding for Visiting Academics

Some research funders have schemes that will cover the costs of academic project partners or collaborators visiting the UK, and specifically, visiting the UK project partner. A few of these schemes are detailed below. The lead applicant, or Principal Investigator, would normally be based at the UK institution, with the overseas academic being the Co-Investigator. Some schemes prioritise existing collaborations, other are more interested in new collaborations and partnerships. Some of these funding schemes are listed below.

If the Oxford academic is the Principal Investigator, then the application to the research funder must be approved by the Law Faculty and the University of Oxford, and so if interested in one of these schemes, please contact both the potential Principal Investigator and the Law Faculty Research Facilitator, Karen Eveleigh

Please note that visits to Oxford under these schemes would be different to the Law Faculty's Academic Visitor Programme. This programme is for visits of four to twelve months for independent research.


Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorships

The Leverhulme Trust has two closing dates each year for this scheme, in May and October. Funding is awarded to UK institutions "to enable outstandingly distinguished academics based in overseas universities to spend time at UK higher education institutions." Visits may be for three to twelve months and awards may cover the costs of travel, a maintenance grant and other associated costs. The lead applicant will be the academic at the proposed UK host institution.

For more information read the Leverhulme Trust guidelines.


British Academy International Partnership and Mobility scheme

This scheme has a deadline in February of each year and offers up to £30,000 for up to three years. An award might cover the costs of travel by the UK applicant to the overseas institution and the overseas applicant to the UK institution. Costs of workshops at either or both institutions might also be covered.

For more information read the British Academy guidelines.


Economic and Social Research Council project grants

Any standard research grant application can include costs for an international partner, up to 30% of the total budget. Research grant awards vary from £200,000 to £2 million. There are no fixed closing dates, but applicants should allow up to nine months from the date of the application to the project start date.

For more information read the ESRC guidelines.


Astor Visiting Lectureship

This Oxford University fund supports short term visits to Oxford by academics from the USA. There is an annual call with a deadline in April. The maximum funding available is £1,750