British academy

Visiting Fellowship/Visiting Scholars Scheme

The Visiting Fellowship/Visiting Scholars scheme ran from 2006 to 2011. It has been discontinued and replaced by a new International Partnership and Mobility scheme.

The Visiting Fellowship/Visiting Scholars scheme enabled early career postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences from overseas to undertake research visits to the UK of two to six months. The main purpose of visits was to enable the visitor to pursue research.

In its first three years of operation, the scheme was funded under the Full Economic Costing (FEC) regime, with 80% grants of up to £12,000. Thereafter, from 2009-2011, up to £7,500 was awarded to cover travel and subsistence costs for the Visiting Fellow/Scholar for the duration of their stay. The scheme changed name from "Visiting Fellowship" to "Visiting Scholar" in 2010.

Awards made to applicants from the Middle East and South Asia were funded by the Academy jointly with the ESRC (from 2007-2010) and AHRC (from 2008-2010) under a separate BA-AHRC-ESRC strand of the scheme. Awards made to applicants from China were jointly funded with the ESRC (from 2006-2010).

Although applicants from anywhere outside the UK were eligible apply to the scheme, the Academy gave a higher priority to candidates from countries where financial resources to support visits to the UK were not readily available, to candidates who had not previously had the opportunity to work in the UK, and to those initiating new collaborations.