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Fellowship Scheme

The Researcher Links Travel Grants between Israel and the UK (The UK-Israel Fellowship Scheme) funds fellowships of one to six months for early career researchers in the following priority sectors: nanoscience, neuroscience, water science, agri-science, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and cyber research.

In addition, fellowships are available in the priority area of regenerative medicine. These fellowships are offered in partnership with the Medical Research Council UK and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space. 

The funding opportunity is open to PhD and medical graduates (junior doctors) seeking to gain either research or clinical experience.

Grants start from £2,000 a month plus £550 travel costs, up to a maximum of six months' stay.  

Deadline for applications: 13 June 2017, 22:00 GMT      

For additional information please refer to the Call for Proposals and Guidelines.

For enquiries, please email israelscience@britishcouncil.org   

Am I eligible?

  • Applicants must be based either in the UK, or in Israel and must be a permanent employee affiliated with a recognised publicly funded research establishment or public/private Higher Education Institution, including teaching hospitals
  • Applicants must be at an early stage of their careers. Both PhD and medical graduates (junior doctors) are eligible. We would expect early career researchers to be at the beginning of their research careers and to have been awarded their PhD not more than 10 years prior to applying for the Travel Grants, but allowances can be made for career breaks or other extenuating circumstances 
  • Medical graduates (junior doctors) are invited to apply for fellowships to gain either research or clinical experience. Applicants must have completed their foundation studies, and either already be on a training programme or in between foundation and training
  • A supporting letter must be provided to confirm that the applicant will return to his/her home institution in a research/clinical practice capacity for at least six months after the end of the visit
  • Individual applicants who have previously received a Researcher Links Travel Grant are not eligible
  • Only one application may be submitted per applicant. Duplicate applications are ineligible, even if they are to different countries
  • Travel must take place between 01 February 2018 and 31 January 2019.


How does the selection process work?

  • Selection begins with an eligibility check by the British Council against the eligibility criteria given in the Guidelines
  • Eligible proposals then undergo independent external quality review on the basis of quality, country priorities and the overarching Researcher Links objectives.
  • The final selection decision will be made in country in collaboration with national stakeholders and partner funding organisations. 


What is expected Researcher Links Travel Grants grantees?

Grantees will be required to participate in the full range of activities proposed in the visit itinerary.

Grantees may be asked to:

  • Attend Science and Innovation Network and/or British Council events
  • Participate in peer reviews, where relevant
  • Promote the Science and Innovation Network and/or British Council and be available for press and media work
  • Contribute to reporting on their visit to the UK and/or Israel.



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