The aim of the scheme is to share expertise and harness world-class research capability by collaborating with international experts through the Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Scheme.

It provides funding to enable an academic engineering department in a UK university to be a host for up to a month to a Distinguished Visiting Fellow from an overseas academic centre of excellence.

The scheme is currently closed to applications. The next round will open in October 2014 with a deadline of end of November.

The scheme’s objectives are to:

  • access global centres of excellence in engineering research and teaching, with a view to strengthening UK capacity and international standing and promoting new international collaborations
  • enable the participating organisations to discover common and complementary skills/areas and initiatives that could form the foundation for future collaborations and future strategic research alliances
  • enable the sharing of latest developments, experience and latest information and the unification of participating organisations’ diverse knowledge in the area of engineering and technology by enabling the host institution to use the opportunity to engage the fellow in a range of mutually beneficial activities.

These may include, for example:

  • working collaboratively on joint papers and research proposals within the department and also involving other UK universities or industries
  • delivering lectures, lecture series, presentations, seminars, demonstrations, and expert workshops to graduates and/or undergraduates and members of the host faculty and other institutions within the UK
  • guiding the design and delivery of new modules and/or programmes
  • establishing project consortia to work collaboratively on joint research projects.

Further information

Please see the pages on How to apply, FAQ and Eligibility for more information, including the guidance notes.

For any further enquiries or to be notified of the next round opening, please contact the international team