University of Bath

Apply for Funding Strand 3: Future Research Leaders Scheme

The Future Research Leaders Scheme supports postgraduate research mobility for Bath students and for visiting students from our partner institutions.

Strand 3: Doctoral Mobility: Future Research Leaders Scheme

About the strand

Developing opportunities for short-term postgraduate research visits is a key element of our University’s strategy and its aims to support students in enhancing their employability in the global recruitment market and creating the university networks of the future.

The Future Research Research Leaders Scheme supports doctoral mobility with our existing partners in particular, or to strengthen alignments with international scholarship programmes, including in China, Asia, Europe and Latin America. We also welcome doctoral mobilities to and from other regions, especially as they align with existing university plans for the development of joint degrees and exchange programmes (e.g. in Australia or South Africa).

This strand provides funding support for incoming, outgoing and reciprocal postgraduate research visits of up to 6 months.

Outgoing visits

Doctoral students at the University of Bath visiting universities or research institutions in other countries may apply for a travel & subsistence award of up to £1,000 per month for visits of up to 6 months

Incoming visits

Doctoral students at one of Bath’s international partner institutions may apply as a visiting doctoral student at the University of Bath. The award includes a full fee-waiver and, for students without adequate funding, a travel & subsistence award of up to £1,000 per month, for up to 6 months.

Please note: Doctoral students at other institutions may also apply to visit the University of Bath through the Visiting Postgraduate Scholar (VPS) scheme, which is administered through the Doctoral College, independent of the Future Research Leaders Scheme.

Reciprocal visits

Reciprocal visits for two doctoral students (from and to the UK) are also encouraged to support peer-to-peer interaction and enable the development of joint PhD supervision capacities. Applications may be for one-off or multiple visits for up to 6 months in total.


Date Deadline
9am, Wednesday 25 April 2018 Deadline for submission to Supervisor for comment
9am, Tuesday 1 May 2018 Deadline for submission to HoD for comment
9am, Tuesday 8 May 2018 Deadline for submission to Dean for comment
9am, Monday 14 May 2018 Deadline for submission to
Week starting 11 June 2018 Results announced

All successfully funded visits are expected to start after 1 July 2018 and are eligible to receive funding until 31 August 2019. Extensions are not possible.

Drop-in sessions

The International Relations Office offers drop-in advice sessions for interested applicants. Other times may be arranged individually with the IRO. Please contact the International Funding Team.

Date Time Venue
Thursday 22 March 2018 12.15pm to 2pm Chancellors' Building 3.1
Thursday 29 March 2018 10.30am to 12.30pm Chancellors' Building 3.6
Monday 9 April 2018 12pm to 2pm Chancellors' Building 5.8

How to submit your application

Applications should be submitted to the Head of Department (HoD) by 9am, 01 May 2018. The HoD will forward the application to the Dean for further comments.

Completed and signed application forms should be submitted directly by the Dean to the IRO no later than 9am, 14 May 2018 to

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