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Funding opportunities

There are a number of internal and external funding opportunities, which aim to facilitate the development of international research collaborations. See more information below. 


Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF): Researcher visits, training and discipline-hopping call

This scheme is open to all principal investigators (PIs) working on research projects within the Wellcome scientific remit. This fund can support short-term international visits to acquire new techniques and technologies.

Applications must have sign-off by the appropriate Research Domain Director, Head of School, or Head of Division. The maximum award value is £2,500 per application. Funds must be spent by 31st March 2023.

Further details available




Applications for the final Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Scheme are now open

Are you interested in spending a short period of time teaching or training in another European country?

The International Programmes Office, on behalf of the European Commission, administers the Erasmus+ Staff Mobility scheme. The scheme provides funding to enable staff to undertake a period of teaching or training in a participating European country.

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The University of Manchester – GREAT scholarships 2023

If you're considering a postgraduate degree in the UK, then a GREAT scholarship can help.

The University of Manchester, in partnership with the British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign, is offering eight scholarships to students in Bangladesh, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Thailand and Turkey who're applying for one-year master’s programmes and will enrol in the 2023/24 academic year.

The GREAT Scholarships 2023 programme, launched by the British Council and 49 UK universities, supports postgraduate students accessing world-class UK higher education opportunities.

The programme offers a minimum of £10,000 to students pursuing a one-year postgraduate programme in the UK. Students can apply for courses in a range of subjects at the 49 institutions across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

A scholarship application form will be emailed to all relevant offer-holders by the International Office from November 2022.

For more information on the GREAT Scholarships 2023, visit Study UK.

Closing date: 1st June 2023


International fellowships for doctoral and early career researchers

Apply for a fellowship at an international institution.

You must be either:

  • a PhD student currently funded by AHRC (or ESRC for specific opportunities)
  • an early career researcher based at a UK research organisation eligible for AHRC funding

Fellowships are available at:

  • Harry Ransom Center, Texas, US
  • Huntington Library, California, US
  • Library of Congress, Washington DC, US
  • National Institutes for the Humanities, Japan
  • Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, US

You will receive £1,000 for travel and visa costs and £1,925 for each month of the fellowship.

Fellowships last between 2 and 6 months.

Closing Date: 23rd February 2023

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UKRI Pre-announcement: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Innovate UK

Apply for funding for transnational research and innovation consortia to develop innovative strategies, tools, technologies and methods for diagnostics and surveillance of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

We are looking to combine researchers and innovators from multiple countries. Projects should support the development or improvement of existing strategies, tools, technologies, and methods for either:

  • diagnosis of AMR
  • detection, collection, analysis and use of data on AMR and use to support the prudent and rational use of antimicrobials
Opening date: 10th January 2023

Closing date: 7th March 2023 4:00pm UK time 

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The International Fellowships Programme 

This is an excellent opportunity for early career researchers currently based internationally to come to the UK to develop their research careers. From this round onwards, I am also delighted that we are able to provide an enhanced support package for award holders – moving the award from a stipend to being offered at 80 per cent FEC. Each award is expected to involve a specific and protected research focus, with the award holder undertaking high-quality, original research hosted at a UK research institution. In this round, awards will be for three years. 

Closing date: 28th March 2023

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BBSRC International Travel Award Scheme (ITAS)

Closing date: rolling call

To help scientists to add an international dimension to their BBSRC-funded research by making and establishing new contacts with international counterparts. Applicants must hold an active BBSRC grant.           

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MRC Pre-announcement: Japan research collaboration in neuroscience, neurodegenerative diseases and dementia

Closing date: TBC

Apply for funding to work with researchers in Japan in the fields of neuroscience, neurodegenerative diseases and dementia. MRC will provide matched funding with the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED).

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Academy of Medical Sciences Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)  – Networking Grant

The scheme is currently closed to applications, applications should reopen later in 2022. The aim of the grants are to:

  • Pump prime new interdisciplinary partnerships;
  • Forge new links and generate innovative approaches to addressing global challenges;
  • Establish sustainable partnerships to conduct excellent research with impact;
  • Strengthen research and training capacity and capability in developing countries.

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