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International Visiting Fellowships

Visiting Fellowships update

We will shortly be launching a new visiting fellowships scheme so applications for IVFs will no longer be possible. All visiting fellowships which were awarded under the IVF scheme which had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic will remain in place and will be rearranged as soon as is possible.

This International Visiting Fellowship Programme enriches Warwick's intellectual environment by enabling research groups at Warwick to engage with distinguished, international researchers, including policy makers, representatives of the arts, business, government and industry. Applications are invited three times a year with funding decisions expected to be announced five weeks after the application deadline. Applicants are requested to read the Information for Award Holders while crafting their application.

All applications must take account of the University's most recent financial requirements and restrictions relating to resources and expenditure.

    Scheme Objectives

    The principle purpose of this scheme is to enrich Warwick's intellectual environment. In order to ensure that the impact of the visit is felt by a wide cross-section of the research community, Fellows would normally take part in activities such as:

    • Research and/or training event targeted at early career scholars
    • A public event
    • Interdisciplinary activity aimed at an audience beyond the Fellow’s immediate field of specialism
    • Presentation of Fellow’s core research to targeted audience
    • Exploration of further collaborative opportunities with groups/individuals beyond the Principal Applicants research area
    • Cross-university and/or cross-sector meetings
    • Engagement with IAS research fellows, typically providing a brief career-development talk at the Accolade Training Programme is strongly encouraged.


    Visiting Fellows must be nominated by a permanent Warwick academic staff member (including probationary staff) or holder of a fellowship awarded by an external funder (the duration of which extends beyond the proposed activity). The Nominator/Principal Applicant is expected to be present during the tenure of the Fellowship and is responsible for liaising with the nominated Fellow prior to submission of the application and coordinating their events. A second nominator should be named who will take responsibility for hosting the Fellow in case of the Nominator’s unforeseen absence.

    The application and supporting CV is expected to convey the leading impact of the Fellow’s expertise within their research field and their primary location is expected to be outside of the UK.

    Visits usually last between 10 days and 10 weeks.

    Applications to support a single incoming visitor are encouraged; however, to help deliver a dynamic programme of activity, applicants are invited to consider whether there is scope to host the Fellow for a series of extended visits and/or host two or more visitors who may contribute synergistically to the programme of activity. When two or more Fellows are to be nominated, candidates within the UK and/or at an earlier stage of their career can be selected as long as the general criteria are met. The nominees’ visit dates should overlap but do not have to be of the same duration.

    Funding & Support

    • Accommodation is provided at one of the IAS's residential facilities, Cryfield Grange or Cryfield Cottage, for a period normally up to 10 weeks. These are self-catering facilities and whilst spouses/partners of the Fellow can also be housed at both locations, due to Health and Safety and safeguarding regulations, children under the age of 18 cannot be accommodated. Should the Fellow need to be housed elsewhere, funds must be raised by the nominator e.g. from .
    • Up to £2,500 for a single visitor or up to £4,000 support for two or more visitors, or a series of visits. An additional £1,000 for activities held in either Venice or Brussels. This funding is to be used to cover international and local travel expenses, publicity, event organisation and coordination. The Principal Applicant (Warwick colleague) is responsible for coordinating travel arrangements in accordance with University policy, organising the room hire and catering for events, as well as publicising the activities.
    • A per diem of £45 per day (up to a maximum of £1260) (please do not include this in the budget)

    Please note: We currently have limited availability from now until mid-May, very little availability during June (with no availability 10 - 17 June) and limited availability in September 20. Please contact the IAS for up-to-date availability.

    Review Criteria

    Proposals will be reviewed by a small college comprising representatives of IAS and relevant academic or other colleagues. Applications will be assessed on:

    • Quality of the proposed Fellow(s) contribution to their field, as attested by CV
    • Ability of the programme to advance collaborative research activities
    • Breadth and/or depth of research constituency at Warwick to which the proposed Fellow will appeal
    • Ability of programme of events to enrich the research environment across a wide range of departments / audiences
    • Value for money – potential impact of activity relative to IAS contribution


    Awards can only be held within a single financial year (between 1st August – 31st July); the offer letter will provide confirmation of the valid award period. It is the responsibility of the award holder to ensure that expenditure has been appropriately recorded. The award holder’s department will be responsible for any over expenditure and/or late claims.

    Application Procedure

    Applications should be submitted electronically.

    1. A completed application form . This must be completed in line with the guidance given below and be signed by the applicant and Head of Department (or nominated representative). Electronic signatures are acceptable.
    2. A CV (maximum 4 pages, in English) for the proposed International Visiting Fellow highlighting any publications, activities or achievements that are especially relevant to this application.
    3. A letter of support (or email) from the proposed International Visiting Fellow's home institution, written and signed by a Head of Department, Head of School or senior level colleague within the institution. The letter should provide support for the visit and confirmation of the fellow's position at the institution.

    Funding decisions are expected to be announced 5 weeks after the application deadline.

    It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete and reaches the Institute of Advanced Study by the closing date. Late or incomplete applications submitted will not be considered. Equally, the IAS reserves the right not to send out applications for review that exceed the word count.

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