International Exchanges Scheme
This scheme is for scientists in the UK who want to stimulate new collaborations with leading scientists overseas through either a one-off visit or bilateral travel.
Aims of the scheme
This scheme is for scientists in the UK who want to stimulate new collaborations with leading scientists overseas through either a one-off visit or bilateral travel. This scheme is not intended to support continued research between a UK applicant and co-applicant who was a former colleague or PhD student or to support other existing or recent collaborations between the applicant and co-applicant. Rather, the scheme is intended to stimulate new collaborations between scientists in the UK and overseas.
As part of the International Exchanges, the Society now offers additional funding through its Kan Tong Po Fellowships. This support has been made possible through the generosity of the family of the late Mr Kan Tong Po. The purpose of this scheme is to contribute at the highest level of scientific research and education at the University of Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the City University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, by awarding Visiting Fellowships each year to UK or US based scientists to collaborate with a Hong Kong based academic, or for Hong Kong based scientists to collaborate with an academic based in either the UK or US. Please refer to scheme notes for more information.
The scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine.
Both the UK applicant and overseas applicant must:
- have a PhD, or be likely to have a PhD by the time the funding starts
- hold a fixed or permanent contract at an eligible organisation for the duration of the project (ineligible organisations include industrial, private and commercial organisations, university spin-out companies, government bodies and research institutes and research councils)
- be based in the respective countries at the time of the application
Collaborations should be based on a single project and travel can only take place between the UK and a country where the overseas collaborator is based. In the case of cost share applications (see below), a relationship between both parties should already be established prior to making an application.
The International Exchanges Scheme is available for travel to all countries outside of the UK.
Applicants should ensure that they meet all the eligibility requirements, which are explained in the standard programme scheme notes (PDF).
Value and tenure
The funding available is dependent upon the length of the visit. Applicants may request:
- up to of £3,000 for one-off travel lasting up to 3 months
- up to £6000 for multiple visits to be completed within 1 year (including a maximum of £1000 for research expenses)
- up to £12,000 for multiple visits to be completed within 2 years and cost share projects fixed at 2 years (including a maximum of £2000 for research expenses)
As part of the International Exchanges, the Society now offers additional funding through its Colin Pillinger International Exchanges Awards. This support has been made possible by the family and friends of Professor Colin Pillinger. In addition to the funding available above, applicants who wish to apply for this award can request an additional sum of up to £1,000 to enable them to communicate their research to the general public.
If you intend to collaborate with partners in Taiwan, France, Ireland, China or Russia, your proposal can also be considered as a cost share application. This entails the UK applicant submitting a proposal to the Royal Society for up to £12,000 and the overseas applicant simultaneously submitting a proposal for an additional amount up to/equivalent to £12,000 to a partner organisation, with whom the Royal Society has a funding agreement. For further details about the countries covered, application process and eligibility requirements please read the cost share programme scheme notes (PDF).
Applications are initially reviewed by members of the International Exchanges Scheme panel with the most appropriate scientific expertise. Following this a shortlist is drawn up which is reviewed by the panel Chair before a decision is made. Results are available approximately 4 months after the round closes.