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The Royal Society Yusuf Hamied Visiting Professorships

The Visiting Professorships support the Royal Society’s strategic priorities of supporting international collaboration and promoting excellence in science. The programme is generously funded by the Yusuf and Farida Hamied Foundation as part of the Royal Society Yusuf Hamied Programme for India.

Starry night North India © primeimages_iStock-492496382
Starry night North India © primeimages_iStock-49249638

The Yusuf Hamied Visiting Professorships will enable four Fellows and Foreign Members of the Royal Society per year to make visits to India of between 3 to 12 weeks. The Yusuf Hamied Visiting Professorships cover return international flights up to a maximum of £5,000 and weekly travel grant of £1,000.


Applications are open to all Fellows and Foreign Members of the Royal Society. Applicants cannot be a member of the Society’s Board, the awarding body for the scheme.


The next round of applications will open on Friday 2 October 2020 and close on Friday 27 November at 3pm

Applications should outline the length of stay, amount requested, a schedule of activities and set out how their visit will support the exchange of expertise between scientific communities and India. Giving reference to planned and proposed activities as well as longer term outcomes for the visit. For examples of previous Visiting Professors visits, please visit last year’s recipients announcement.

All applications should be submitted via email to the Yusuf Hamied Programme. Please contact Ellen Keohane for any queries.


The Royal Society’s Board will review the applications received and select four Fellows for the Visiting Professorships per year. If more than four applications are received in a year the Board will also consider the research areas covered in the application, the range of partner organisations and locations proposed, and the quality and impact of the anticipated outcomes as well as take into consideration the breadth and diversity of applicants. The decision of the Board is final.


Awards are expected to be announced in February 2021 and the visits should commence between 1 April 2021 and 1 April 2022.

Due to impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Society will be taking a flexible and accommodating approach to future awardees travel arrangements.  

Visiting Professors will be expected to arrange their own return business class flights (up to a maximum of £5,000), travel insurance and accommodation while in India. Any additional costs for travel incurred above £5,000 must be met by the Visiting Professor and/or their institution.

The weekly travel grant of £1,000 is expected to cover any accommodation, in-country travel, insurance and subsistence costs as well as any project, activity or research costs. Any additional costs incurred above this travel grant must be met by the Visiting Professor and/or their institution. Visiting Professors will be expected to arrange their own travel insurance and visa. 


Returning Visiting Professors will be asked to provide a short report (up to 1,000 words) outlining the main highlights of their visit and how their visit supported the exchange of expertise between scientific communities in the UK and India within 6 weeks of return. Visiting Professors may also be asked to provide feedback on the scheme to improve future implementation.

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