Travel Fellowship

To enable an experienced researcher to undertake a visit to a distinguished laboratory abroad, either for a short period of up to six months to acquire specialist knowledge or expertise, or for a longer period to carry out a research project that can not be done in the UK.

Entry requirements

  • Usually more than 3 years post-doctoral experience.
  • Applicant must hold a post in the UK and a guaranteed post to return to after the fellowship
  • Residency requirements apply – check eligibility.

Grant duration

  • 1 month to 1 year, with the possibility of an extension of up to 1 year.

Award may include

For visits of up to 6 months:

  • economy class travel expenses for the fellow only
  • a justified subsistence allowance.

For visits of more than 6 months:

  • the fellowship will reimburse the university a replacement salary for a tenured member of staff, or pay the salary of a non-tenured fellow
  • one return economy fare for the fellow and immediate family
  • a reasonable contribution to healthcare insurance (e.g. applicable to USA)
  • research expenses will not be awarded; facilities must be provided by the host department.

How to apply

  • Read the information in How to apply.
  • Log onto the online application form.
  • Complete all the sections of the online application form following the instructions in the GMS User Guide.
  • Ensure the named Supervisor in the application form is your UK Supervisor.

Additional information

You will be asked to attach a single PDF document to your on line application form containing the following information:

Additional information checklist

  1. For resubmissions, include previous feedback and provide a detailed response explaining how the revised application has changed from the original submission.
  2. Abstract of the proposed investigation in less than 150 words.

  3. Background to the project and pilot data.
  4. Original hypothesis.
  5. Experimental details and design of proposed investigation.
  6. Power calculations.

  7. Expected value of results.
  8. List of references relevant to the proposed project.
  9. Full list of applicant's publications.
  10. Additional pages for appendices (e.g. charts, graphs, photos); must be kept to a minimum and should be submitted only if essential to the understanding of the application.
  11. Details of the purpose of the visit, place(s) to be visited and what the applicant hopes to gain as a result of the visit.
  12. Letter of acceptance by the host institution.
  13. Letter of support from the Head of Department in the UK.
  14. Brief CV (2 A4 sides including email address) of named replacement staff (for visits of more than 6 months).
  15. Supporting letters from collaborators.
  16. Valid copy of ethical approval if relevant.

Sections 2-7 must not exceed 6 A4 sides. The PDF file size must not exceed 20MB.

Please ensure Arial font size 12 is used. If this font size is not used, the application will be rejected prior to formal consideration. 

Decision process

There are no closing dates.

Please submit the application when it is ready. Receipt will be acknowledged within 24 hours and we will advise you when you can expect the result. Candidates may be interviewed and a decision on this will be reached by the Fellowships Committee (4 meetings a year) after it has considered external peer review reports.

Allow 9 months from submission to decision.

Apply online