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The Royal Society Yusuf Hamied Visiting Professorships

The Visiting Professorships support the Royal Society’s mission to promote excellence in science and the application of science for the benefit of humanity. The programme is generously supported by the Yusuf and Farida Hamied Foundation as part of the Royal Society Yusuf Hamied Programme for India.

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The Yusuf Hamied Visiting Professorships enable eight Fellows and Foreign Members of the Royal Society 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.

Eligibility

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.

Application

The next round of applications will open on Monday 26 September 2022 and close on Friday 4 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.

All applications should be submitted via email to the Yusuf Hamied Programme.

Selection

The Royal Society’s Board will review the applications received and select up to eight Fellows for the Visiting Professorships this year. If more than eight applications are received, 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.

Visits

Awards are expected to be announced in January 2023 and the visits should take place between 1 April 2023 and 31 March 2024.

The Royal Society will help Visiting Professors make arrangements for their return flights (up to a maximum of £5,000) via its travel agent. Visiting Professors will be expected to arrange their own 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. 

Reporting

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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