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Newton Mobility Grants

Newton Mobility Grants are offered under the Newton Fund, which is part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment.

These grants provide support for international researchers based in a country covered by the Newton Fund to establish and develop collaboration with UK researchers around a specific jointly defined research project. These one-year awards are particularly suited to initiate new collaborative partnerships, between scholars who have not previously worked together, or new initiatives between scholars who have collaborated in the past.

The grants intend to strengthen the research capacity/capability of, and contribute to promoting economic development and social welfare in, the overseas country. The awards will also initiate the development of longer-term links between the overseas and UK researchers.

Awards might include a range of related activities, but mobility (in the form of visits and exchanges, etc.) should form an integral part of proposals. The main purpose of the funding is to cover travel and maintenance costs, although costs related to other eligible activities will be considered. Partnerships including a training element and involving scholars in the early stages in their career will be looked on favourably.

It is expected that the mobility grants will establish links between partners. Researchers may subsequently wish to consider applying for other Newton Fund programmes.


The aim of the Newton Mobility Grants is to:

  • Strengthen research capacity of the partner countries - by facilitating training and skill transfer from the UK to partner countries.
  • Support excellent research - by linking the best researchers in the UK with the best researchers in partner countries and providing support for collaborative research.
  • Establish long term research links - between both partners to ensure sustainable research capacity in partner countries and benefit to the UK research community in the longer term.

Eligibility requirements

Both a UK-based applicant and an overseas-based applicant are required for this scheme. Both applicants must have a PhD or equivalent research experience and hold a permanent or fixed-term contract in an eligible university or research institute, which must span the duration of the project. Collaborations should focus on a single jointly defined research project involving (or lead by) the two applicants.

The British Academy Newton Mobility Grants cover researchers working in all disciplines within the social sciences and humanities.

Please also be aware that the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering operate similar Newton Fund mobility grant programmes for the natural sciences and engineering disciplines.

Newton Mobility Grants from the British Academy are currently available for the following countries:

  • Brazil
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • South Africa
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
For more information please see the detailed scheme notes.
Note that some partner countries have specific eligibility requirements so please check the guidance carefully.

Value and Duration

Awards are available for one year and support travel and maintenance costs. Please refer to the scheme notes for the country from which you are applying for more details. 

Application Process

Applications must be submitted online using the British Academy’s electronic Grant Application and Processing (eGAP) system. For the assessment criteria please see the detailed scheme notes.

  • Application deadline: 02 March 2016
  • Host Institution deadline: 03 March 2016
  • Referee deadline: 10 March 2016
  • Decisions made: July 2016
  • Awards must start not later than 30 September 2016