This element of Researcher Links is designed to provide financial support for early career
researchers in the UK to spend up to three months in any partner country participating in the
Researcher Links initiative, or for partner country researchers to come to the UK. The aim is to
enhance and strengthen links for future collaboration, build research capacity in developing
economies, and enhance the researchers’ career opportunities. The call is open to all researchers
meeting the requirements listed below, including, but not limited to, participants in Researcher
Proposals will be accepted in any discipline/multidisciplinary area including from the natural
sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, but some countries have specified areas which will
be prioritized in the final selection process (see Annex 1).
1. Who can participate?
· Early Career Researcher
The term 'early career researcher' refers to researchers at the beginning of their research
careers. We would expect early career researchers to have been awarded their PhD not
more than 10 years prior to applying for the Travel Grant, but allowances can be made for
career breaks or other extenuating circumstances. If a researcher does not hold a PhD, but
has research experience equivalent to a PhD holder and works in a field where a PhD is not
a pre-requisite for established research activity, they will still be considered eligible1
Only one application may be submitted per researcher. Duplicate applications will not be
eligible, even if they are to different countries.
· Based in the UK or partner country
The researcher must be based either in the UK, or in one of the partner countries listed
below, and they must have a research or academic post (permanent or fixed-term) or
fellowship (excluding visiting or honorary fellowship) at a recognised publicly funded research
establishment, or public or private Higher Education Institution. The researchers can be of
any nationality, but they must be able to secure a visa for the country which they plan to visit.
Travel may only be between the UK and partner country, but can be in either direction.
Partner Countries: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia,
Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia (Social Sciences and
Humanities only), South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, United States of
America (Humanities and Social Sciences only), Vietnam.
Subsequent calls may have different partner countries involved .
for more details.