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Route 2: Individual fellowships

Route 2 of the Global Talent visa is for applicants who have been awarded an individual fellowship on the list approved by the British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society. The listed fellowships are awarded through stringent peer review processes.

If you are a fellowship provider interested in applying for awards to be included on the list, please contact cbrs@royalsociety.org for an initial conversation on criteria and assurance requirements.

The list was last updated on 6 October 2021.

Endorsement application

To apply for endorsement, you must select the relevant fast-track option on the Stage 1 (endorsement) application form and provide a copy of your fellowship award letter. If you currently hold one of the named fellowships in either the ‘exceptional talent’ or ‘exceptional promise’ category, or have held it within five years directly prior to your date of application, you can be assured of fast-track endorsement.

Please check carefully whether your fellowship appears on the list below. Holders of other fellowships or grants not on the list may still be eligible for endorsement under the other Global Talent visa routes and are encouraged to look at all endorsement options before making an application.

Awards eligible under the individual fellowships route 

Fellowships eligible under the ‘exceptional talent’ category for research leaders

  • Academy of Medical Sciences Professorship
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Leadership Fellow
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Research, Development and Engagement Fellowship
  • British Academy Global Professorship
  • British Academy Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship
  • British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship
  • British Academy Wolfson Research Professorship
  • British Heart Foundation Personal Chair
  • Cancer Research UK Programme Foundation Award
  • Cancer Research UK Senior Cancer Research Fellowship
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Professorial Fellow
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Established Fellow
  • ERC Advanced Grant (PI only)
  • ERC Synergy Grant (PI only)
  • Humboldt Foundation Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship - for experienced researchers (12+ months only)
  • Leverhulme Trust International Professorship
  • Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship
  • Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship (12+ months only)
  • NIHR Research Professorship
  • Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair
  • Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Emerging Technologies
  • Royal Academy of Engineering Senior Research Fellowship
  • Royal Society Industry Fellowship
  • Royal Society Research Professorship
  • Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award
  • Royal Society Wolfson Fellowship
  • Versus Arthritis Senior Research Fellowship
  • Wellcome Trust Investigator Award in Humanities and Social Science
  • Wellcome Trust Investigator Award in Science
  • Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellowship
  • Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship in Humanities and Social Science
  • Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship in Basic Biomedical Science
  • Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship in Clinical Science
  • Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship

Fellowships eligible under the ‘exceptional promise’ category for potential research leaders

  • Academy of Medical Sciences Clinician Scientist Fellowship
  • Alzheimer’s Research UK Clinical Research Fellowship
  • Alzheimer’s Research UK Clinical Research Training Fellowship
  • Alzheimer’s Research UK Research Fellowship
  • Alzheimer’s Research UK Senior Research Fellowship
  • Alzheimer’s Society Clinician and Healthcare Professional Training Fellowship
  • Alzheimer’s Society Research Fellowship (previously Junior Fellowship)
  • Alzheimer’s Society Senior Fellowship
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Leadership Fellow – Early Career Researcher route
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Innovation Fellowship – Leadership Fellow Scheme Early Career Researcher route
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Research, Development and Engagement Fellowship – Early Career Researcher route
  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) David Phillips Fellowship
  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Discovery Fellowship
  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Future Leader Fellowship
  • Breast Cancer Now Career Development Fellowship
  • Breast Cancer Now Clinician Scientist Fellowship
  • British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • British Heart Foundation Advanced Training Award
  • British Heart Foundation Career Re-entry Research Fellowship
  • British Heart Foundation Clinical Research Training Fellowship
  • British Heart Foundation Immediate Postdoctoral Basic Science Research Fellowship
  • British Heart Foundation Intermediate Clinical or Intermediate Basic Science Research Fellowship
  • British Heart Foundation Senior Clinical or Senior Basic Science Research Fellowship
  • Cancer Research UK-AACR Transatlantic Fellowship
  • Cancer Research UK Advanced Clinician Scientist Fellowship
  • Cancer Research UK Career Development Fellowship
  • Cancer Research UK Career Establishment Award
  • Cancer Research UK Clinician Scientist Fellowship
  • Cancer Research UK Clinical Trial Fellowship Award
  • Cancer Research UK Population Research Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Cancer Research UK Postdoctoral Research Bursary for Clinical Trainees
  • Diabetes UK Harry Keen Intermediate Clinical Fellowship
  • Diabetes UK RD Lawrence Fellowship
  • Diabetes UK Sir George Alberti Fellowship
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Future Research Leader
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) New Investigator Grant
  • EMBO Advanced Fellowship
  • EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowship / Long-Term Fellowship
  • EMBO Young Investigator Programme Award
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Early Career Fellowship
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Manufacturing Fellowship
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) - Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Stephen Hawking Fellowship
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) UKRI Innovation Fellowship
  • ERC Consolidator Grant (PI only)
  • ERC Starting Grant (PI only)
  • ERC Synergy Grant (PI only)
  • HEE/NIHR Clinical Lecturer
  • HEE/NIHR Senior Clinical Lecturer
  • Human Frontier Science Program Cross-Disciplinary Fellowship
  • Human Frontier Science Program Long-Term Fellowship 
  • Humboldt Foundation Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship - for postdoctoral researchers (12+ months only)
  • IIASA - Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Collaborative Fellowship
  • Kennedy Trust for Rheumatology Research Senior Research Fellowship
  • Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship
  • Leverhulme Trust Research Leadership Award
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowship
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Marshall Sherfield Fellowship
  • Medical Research Council (MRC) Career Development Award
  • Medical Research Council (MRC) Clinical Research Training Fellowship
  • Medical Research Council (MRC) Clinician Scientist Fellowship
  • Medical Research Council (MRC) New Investigator Research Grant
  • Medical Research Council (MRC) Senior Clinical Fellowship
  • Medical Research Council (MRC) Senior Non-Clinical Fellowship
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Independent Research Fellowship
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) UKRI Industrial Innovation Fellowship
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) UKRI Landscape Decisions Fellowship
  • NIHR Advanced Fellowship
  • Parkinson’s UK Clinical Research Training Fellowship
  • Parkinson’s UK Senior Research Fellowship
  • Parkinson’s UK and The Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorate Joint Career Development Fellowship
  • Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellowship
  • Royal Academy of Engineering IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
  • Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship
  • Royal Commission for the Exhibition 1851 Research Fellowship in Science or Engineering
  • Royal Society/British Academy/Academy of Medical Sciences Newton International Fellowship
  • Royal Society-CNR/-K.C. Wong/-Kohn/-Sino British Fellowship Trust/-Shooter International Fellowship
  • Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship
  • Royal Society FLAIR Fellowship
  • Royal Society Industry Fellowship
  • Royal Society University Research Fellowship
  • Royal Society/Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Dale Fellowship
  • Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellowship (post-PhD only)
  • Royal Society of Edinburgh Personal Research Fellowship
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Ernest Rutherford Fellowship
  • UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship
  • Versus Arthritis Career Development Fellowship
  • Versus Arthritis Clinical Research Fellowship
  • Versus Arthritis Foundation Fellowship
  • Wellcome Trust Career Development Award
  • Wellcome Trust Career Re-entry Fellowship
  • Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Development Fellowship (Stage 1)
  • Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Career Development Fellowship (Stage 2)
  • Wellcome Trust Early Career Award
  • Wellcome Trust Investigator Award in Science
  • Wellcome Trust Investigator Award in Humanities and Social Science
  • Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship for Healthcare Professionals (post-PhD only)
  • Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship in Humanities and Social Science
  • Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Wellcome Trust University Award in Humanities and Social Science

Page last updated: 6 October 2021

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