Externally Funded Fellowship Opportunities

Externally funded Fellowships for international applicants affiliated with the Institute of Advanced Studies.

In addition to our own Fellowship opportunities there are also a number of externally funded Fellowship schemes you could apply to, to be held at Loughborough University. As an externally funded Fellow you would be affiliated with the IAS and be an integral part of our vibrant international research community. The Fellowships below are targeted at international applicants – if you are based at Loughborough these are also excellent ways to strengthen collaborations and build networks.

If you have any queries regarding the below please contact Dr Helen Tighe – H.E.A.Tighe@lboro.ac.uk

Newton International Fellowships

Newton International Fellowships are for non-UK researchers who are at an early stage of their research career and wish to conduct research in the UK.

The scheme provides funding for 2 years, and applicants will need to identify a co-applicant based at Loughborough University.

To be eligible to apply you must:

  • have a PhD, or will have a PhD by the time the funding starts
  • have no more than 7 years of active full time postdoctoral experience at the time of application (discounting career breaks, but including teaching experience and/or time spent in industry)
  • be working outside the UK
  • not hold UK citizenship
  • be competent in oral and written English
  • have a clearly defined and mutually-beneficial research proposal agreed with a UK host scientist

Applications for the humanities and social sciences should be made to the British Academy.

Applications for clinical and patient oriented research should be made to the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Applications for the sciences, maths and engineering should be made to the Royal Society.

This is an annual scheme, with a deadline expected in mid-March


Leverhulme Visiting Professorships

These awards are for UK institutions to invite an eminent researcher from overseas to enhance the skills and knowledge of the academic staff and/or students. Applications must be made by a member of academic staff, based in a UK university or other higher education institution, who will be responsible for coordinating the visit.

A Visiting Professorship may last for between 3 and 12 months, and tenures of 6 months or more can be spread over 2 or more visits.

The selection criteria are:

  • the academic standing and achievements of the visitors in terms of their research and/or teaching
  • their potential for making a substantial contribution to skills in the host institution
  • the specific and systematic nature of the proposed programme while in the UK

In special circumstances, the Trust Board is prepared to consider candidates who do not hold a university post.

Collaborative research alone will not be a sufficient justification for a grant. The emphasis should be on the diffusion of skills and expertise. Priority will be given to new or recent collaborative ventures. Where a visit builds on an existing collaboration, the host should explain what the visit(s) will achieve over and above past outcomes.

Applications will be considered in all subject areas except:

  • studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals
  • research that is intended to inform clinical practice or the development of medical applications

There are 2 rounds of the scheme a year, with typically May and October deadlines


Fulbright Scholar Awards

Fulbright Scholar Awards offer American researchers opportunities to research at recognised UK higher education institutions, as part of a transformative cultural experience. Awards last from 3 – 9 months and provide a stipend for living costs.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a US citizen
  • Not currently reside in the UK
  • Hold or expect to attain a PhD or equivalent professional training/experience in a relevant field before departure to the UK

The US-UK Fulbright programme aims to foster cultural understanding between our two countries. Preference is therefore given to applicants who do not have extensive experience (six months or longer) in the UK. Applicants with extensive UK experience should explain in detail how further experience in the UK will fulfil the Fulbright mission in ways that their prior visits did not.

The deadline for applications is August annually.


Royal Academy of Engineering Distinguished Visiting Fellowships

The Distinguished Visiting Fellowships programme is a prestigious mobility programme which enables UK universities to host visits from world leading internationally-based researchers from an overseas academic centre of excellence, for visits lasting up to one month. Applications are submitted by an academic based at a UK University

Proposed visitors under this programme must be of high international standing and must be able to illustrate a personal contribution to achievements and global leadership in their field.

The programme aims to help UK universities to build capacity and promote collaborations by facilitating visits by distinguished international experts.

Up to £4,000 is available through the scheme, which may be spent on multiple visits of up to one month’s duration.

The call will open for applications in late 2020.