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British Academy Visiting Fellowships

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The British Academy announced a call for Visiting Fellowships through the Rutherford Fund, the deadline is on 31 January 2018. This is an excellent opportunity for academics to develop connections with outstanding international researchers through hosting them at Loughborough. This is open to academics at any career stage, and based in any country overseas. Please see here for more information. Fellows will be expected to start between March and August 2018.

These Visiting Fellowships will provide academics based in any country overseas (and active at any career stage and in any discipline within the humanities and the social sciences) with the opportunity to be based at a UK higher education or other research institution of their choice for up to six months. Visiting Fellows will work with colleagues at UK host institutions in order to develop new research collaborations and/or deepen existing partnerships.


These Visiting Fellowships illustrate the British Academy’s profound commitment to international engagement and to ensuring that the UK remains an attractive and welcoming place for academics globally. It is expected that approximately 60 Visiting Fellowships will be supported under this scheme with the current call. Through the Visiting Fellowships the Academy aims to:

  • Enhance and build new links between scholars anywhere in the world and in the UK;
  • Foster opportunities and develop future partnerships for collaborative research in the humanities and the social sciences, and enable academics from across the globe to undertake research and/or professional development with UK colleagues;
  • Strengthen the UK’s research base in the humanities and the social sciences.

Eligibility requirements

Suitable candidates for the Visiting Fellowships include researchers active within any discipline within the humanities or the social sciences. They may be talented early career scholars who have only recently obtained their PhD degree; mid-career researchers; or established academics with a considerable track record of achievement.

Candidates need not necessarily apply to develop collaboration with UK scholars active within the same discipline. These Fellowships are open also to applicants who wish to work with UK colleagues in other areas or disciplines (including scholars within the natural, medical, or engineering sciences), in a cross- or interdisciplinary way.

Value and duration

Awards of up to £33,000 are available. Funding can be used to support: the subsistence and accommodation costs of the Visiting Fellow; research expenses; travel expenses; and a contribution of 50% of the total award to enable the UK institution to host the Visiting Fellow.

Each Visiting Fellowship may last a maximum of six months.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted online using the British Academy’s Flexi-Grant system.

Application deadline: Wednesday, 31 January 2018 (17:00 UK time).

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