This scheme is now closed for applications.

The Distinguished Visiting Fellowships and Missions – Turkey programme is a component of the UK Newton Fund, which aims to develop science and innovation partnerships to promote the economic development and social welfare of developing countries.

The aim of the programme is to help Turkish universities to build capacity and promote collaborations by facilitating visits from distinguished engineering experts from the United Kingdom.

The scheme provides funding so that an engineering department at a Turkish university can host a Distinguished Visitor or group of Distinguished Visitors from a UK academic centre of excellence for a visit lasting up to one month. This visit will ideally incorporate local travel to other universities in Turkey to disseminate knowledge and build linkages regionally and with the UK.

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Programme objectives

The programme, as part of the Newton Fund, forms part of the UK government’s Official Development Assistance (ODA). As such, projects supported by this programme must meet ODA requirements by:

  • Focusing on an engineering research challenge that will enhance social welfare and economic development in Turkey


  • Demonstrating a tangible benefit to Turkey by enhancing its capacity to carry out excellent research in engineering

The broader programme objectives are to:

  • Enable collaboration between the UK and Turkey to build Turkey’s research and teaching capacity in key areas such as health, manufacturing, energy, agriculture and food to promote Turkey’s economic development and social welfare
  • Enable the participating organisations to discover shared and complementary skills, areas and initiatives that could form the foundation for future collaborations and strategic research alliances
  • Foster knowledge exchange partnerships through the sharing of skills, experience, information and the latest technological developments
  • Access UK centres of excellence in engineering research and teaching, with a view to strengthening Turkish capacity and international standing
  • Target regions in Turkey that would benefit from UK and wider collaboration


Programme activities

The activities may include, for example:

  • Working collaboratively on joint papers and research proposals to tackle ambitious research problems or challenges facing Turkey, with the Turkish host department and also with the involvement of other Turkish academic establishments
  • Delivering lectures, presentations, seminars, demonstrations, and expert workshops to graduates, undergraduates, members of the host faculty and academics from other Turkish institutions, guiding the design and delivery of new teaching modules and/or programmes
  • Establishing project consortia to work collaboratively on ambitious joint research projects