Deadline: 28th March 2023 | Enabling researchers to work for three years at a UK institution with the aim of building a globally connected, mobile research and innovation workforce.

The International Fellowships Programme provides support for outstanding early career researchers to make a first step towards developing an independent research career through gaining experience across international borders. Each award is expected to involve a specific and protected research focus with the award-holder undertaking high quality, original research. This scheme is jointly run by the British Academy and the Royal Society.


The overarching aim of the International Fellowships Programme is to attract and retain emerging talent in the UK and build a globally connected, mobile research and innovation workforce. The objectives are to:

  • Attract talented international early career researchers to establish and conduct their research in the UK.
  • Support international early career researchers to pursue high-quality and innovative lines of research.
  • Provide international early career researchers opportunities to acquire and transfer new skills and knowledge through training and career development.
  • Foster long-term relationships through networking opportunities and the International Fellowships alumni programme.

Eligibility Requirements – The applicant must:

  • Have a PhD, or applicants in the final stages of their PhD will be accepted provided that the PhD will be completed (including viva) before the start date of the Fellowship. Confirmation of award of the PhD will be required before any Fellowship award is confirmed.
  • Applicants should have no more than seven years of active full time postdoctoral experience at the time of application (discounting career breaks, but including teaching experience and/or time spent in industry).
  • Be working outside the UK.
  • Not hold UK citizenship.
  • Be competent in oral and written English.
  • Have a clearly defined and mutually-beneficial research proposal agreed with a UK host researcher.

Applicants should ensure that they meet all the eligibility requirements, which are explained in the scheme notes.

Duration and Value of Award

The International Fellowships program provides 80% FEC (Full economic charge) for a duration of three years. Applicants can apply for research expenses and relocation costs up to £12,000 and £8,000, respectively, and must justify the requested amounts. After the tenure of their Fellowship, applicants may also qualify for follow-on alumni funding to support networking activities with international or UK-based researchers.

Starting with the 2023 round, award-holders of the British Academy International Fellowship will be considered salaried employees rather than visiting researchers on a stipend, and they will receive a reasonable salary determined by their host institution. To further enhance the awards, the Academy has extended the duration of the Fellowship to three years from the previous two years. These modifications will help in attracting exceptional early career researchers who are interested in gaining international experience to build an independent research career.

The changes to the British Academy International Fellowship are a result of program evaluations and an increase in government funding. The Academy will assess the impact of extending the Fellowship to a third year over the next 12 months to determine whether to continue with the change in subsequent years.

Find out more and apply at the official link below:


Apply before 28th March, 2023