International research collaboration is essential for the global knowledge economy, and it has been shown that internationally mobile researchers tend to be more productive. Furthermore, a shared research interest can help to build trust and relationships between people from very different backgrounds and cultures.
In response to this, and taking advantage of its position as an intercultural relations organisation with global expertise in higher education, the British Council is launching the British Council Researcher Links initiative, in partnership with various research and higher education organisations from around the world.
Researcher links consists of workshops and travel grants, both with a focus on early career researchers – find out more below.
Call open 15th October 2013
Deadline 23:59 GMT 24th November 2013
Researchers that reside in the UK can apply for funding to spend up to 3 months at a university or research institution in one of the nineteen partner countries, and those residing in one of the partner countries (see below) can apply for funding to come to the UK. Different countries have different priority areas and these can be found in the guidelines. If no priority areas are specified, all research areas are covered.
The countries involved at this stage are; Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Morocco, Egypt, Qatar, South Africa, Nigeria, Russia (Humanities and Social Sciences only), Turkey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, Vietnam and Bangladesh. For this call placements involving the United States are also eligible, in specific areas which focus on using the humanities and social sciences in an interdisciplinary environment.
The guidelines are available at the bottom of this page, and the application form can be accessed through this website.
The call for workshop proposals has now closed. The successful workshops will be announced here over the coming weeks and there will be opportunities for early career researchers to attend these workshops, which are in diverse research areas and spread across the Researcher Links partner countries. For up to date information about the Researcher Links opportunities and other funding opportunities sign up for the EURAXESS UK newsletter, or follow @EuraxessUK on twitter.
Please note that there will be another call for workshop proposals in 2014, and all information will be available here nearer to the time.
Should you have any questions, please contact uk-researcherlinks@
· Researcher Links guidelines for travel grants (Adobe PDF 350KB)
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