Visiting Professorships

Type of funding: Visiting Professorships

For UK institutions to invite an eminent researcher from overseas to enhance the skills and knowledge of the academic staff and/or students
Applications are invited for a minimum of £10,000 and a maximum of £150,000.
A Visiting Professorship may last for between 3 and 12 months, and tenures of 6 months or more can be spread over 2 or more visits.

Deadline: 07/10/2021

Eligibility criteria:

Applications must be made by a member of academic staff, based in a UK university or other higher education institution, who will be responsible for coordinating the visit. The host academic’s employing institution must also agree to administer the grant, if awarded, and to provide appropriate facilities for the Visiting Professor. Visitors who have previously held a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship can only apply if at least 7 years have elapsed since the last one. The over-riding criteria for selection are:
the academic standing and achievements of the visitors in terms of their research and/or teaching
their potential for making a substantial contribution to skills in the host institution
the specific and systematic nature of the proposed programme while in the UK
In special circumstances, the Trust Board is prepared to consider candidates who do not hold a university post. Collaborative research alone will not be a sufficient justification for a grant. The emphasis should be on the diffusion of skills and expertise. Priority will be given to new or recent collaborative ventures. Where a visit builds on an existing collaboration, the host should explain what the visit(s) will achieve over and above past outcomes. It is the intention that the visitor will provide a degree of expertise that is not otherwise available within the UK research base. Visiting Professors will be expected to offer a short course of "Leverhulme Lectures” to mark their residence in a UK institution. The Trust will not fund applications for research of which advocacy forms an explicit component. The Trust does not support research which is aimed principally at an immediate commercial application. The Trust will not fund applications in which the balance between assembling a data bank or database and the related subsequent research is heavily inclined to the former. Eligible fields of study Applications will be considered in all subject areas except:
studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals
research that is intended to inform clinical practice or the development of medical applications
The Trusts always excludes these areas because substantial funding is available from other sources for applied medical research and the Trust’s priority is to support investigations of a fundamental nature.

Further information can be found here.