The Royal Society Wolfson Visiting Fellowships provide an opportunity for talented international research leaders to undertake a flexible 12 month period of sabbatical leave in a UK university or research institution, to foster international collaborative links and enriching scientific research in the host organisation as well as the wider UK science base.
Applications to the Royal Society Wolfson Visiting fellowships are now closed for applications until June 2023.
The objectives of the Royal Society Wolfson Visiting Fellowships are to:
The fellowship can be held full time for one year or flexibly over two years.
The scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine.
The scheme is jointly funded by the Wolfson Foundation and the Royal Society.
Research must be within the Royal Society’s remit of natural sciences, which includes but is not limited to biological research, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics. For a full list, please see the breakdown of subject groups and areas supported by the Royal Society.
Applicants can be of any nationality and those requiring a visa are eligible to apply for a Global Talent Visa under the fast-track process of endorsement.
To be eligible to apply you must be currently based overseas and have received a firm offer from a UK university or research institution to take effect from the start of the appointment.
Nominations will not be accepted for researchers wishing to move between UK institutions.
The Royal Society recognises that equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion is essential for delivering excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Society wants to encourage applications from the widest range of backgrounds, perspectives and experiences to maximise innovation and creativity in science for the benefit of humanity. We regularly review and revise processes to help ensure that all talented applicants have an equitable chance to succeed as per the assessment criteria. This includes ensuring all panel members are briefed on unconscious bias in decision making as part of our assessment process.
Before applying, please ensure that you meet all the eligibility requirements, which are explained in the scheme notes.
These awards can be held for up to 12 months full time (with a minimum stay of three months) or flexibly over two years.
Candidates can request up to £125,000. Funding can be used flexibly by the Visiting Fellow during the sabbatical and can cover:
If the candidate’s salary is already covered by their overseas host organisation, then the Visiting Fellowship funding should not be used to supplement existing salary as an any overheads associated with the Visiting Fellowship should be covered by the UK host organisation as part of its commitment to the appointment.
The Society can provide financial support to research fellows for any additional care costs that arise when attending conferences, collaborative research visits or invited talks related to their fellowship. These requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Your application will go through the process detailed on the Making a grant application page overseen by the Wolfson Fellowship Panel.
The Departmental Head from the proposed UK host institution will need to contact the Royal Society Grants Office by email (email@example.com), after which a weblink to a nomination form on the Royal Society’s Grants and Awards management system (Flexi-Grant®) will be provided. After the completed nomination form has been considered by the Royal Society, the nominated researcher (applicant) will be sent a link inviting them to complete and submit a full application in that current round on Flexi-Grant®.
There are normally three rounds per year (see scheme notes for dates).
Applications received by the application deadline will be considered at the Selection Panel meeting and the outcome is likely to be announced by the end of August 2023.
The Royal Society welcomes applications from scientists with disabilities and provides adjustments to ensure that they can participate fully in the selection process. If you need an adjustment when accessing the application form, attending interviews, or for any other part of the application process, please contact the Grants team (see contact details below). Adjustments can include, but are not limited to:
For more information regarding the scheme, please contact the Grants team on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on +44 20 7451 2666.