This scheme is now open for applications. The deadline for the current round is Monday 18 April 2016 at 4pm. This will be the only round in 2016/17. The next round will open in early 2017.

The aim of the scheme is to help UK universities to build capacity and promote collaborations by facilitating visits by distinguished international experts.

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’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
  • facilitate the sharing of latest developments, experience and 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 to tackle ambitious research problems or challenges, both within the host department and also through the involvement of other UK universities and UK industries
  • delivering lectures, presentations, seminars, demonstrations, and expert workshops to graduates, undergraduates, members of the host faculty and academics from other UK institutions
  • guiding the design and delivery of new teaching modules and/or programmes
  • establishing project consortia to work collaboratively on ambitious joint research projects.

Online applications website

Guidance notes (170.77 KB)

Application form (via online grant system – you must first register with the system and create a profile)

Application guidance notes

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Further information

Please see the FAQ and Eligibility pages for more information.

For any further enquiries, please contact the international team