The British Academy is currently welcoming applications for its 2025 Visiting Fellowships program. This exceptional initiative invites international scholars to join forces with academic institutions in the UK. The program offers a unique chance for scholars from around the globe to spend up to six months at a UK higher  education or research institution, enhancing international research collaborations and personal academic growth.

About the Visiting Fellowships

Sponsored by the Department for  Science, Innovation and Technology, the Visiting Fellowships program is designed for academics in the humanities and social  sciences. This program is a cornerstone of the British Academy’s commitment to international cooperation and is designed to:

  • Establish and enhance connections between global scholars and UK researchers.
  • Create avenues for joint research initiatives in the humanities and social  sciences.
  • Provide opportunities for academic enrichment and professional development in the UK.
  • Reinforce the UK’s research infrastructure in these critical disciplines.

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for the Visiting Fellowships, candidates must:

  • Hold a postdoctoral level qualification or possess equivalent research expertise.
  • Be residing outside of the UK at the time of the application.
  • Be employed on either a permanent or a fixed-term contract, with fixed-term contracts extending beyond the end of the fellowship period.
  • Independent researchers are also encouraged to apply.
  • Have already established contact with a prospective UK host institution prior to application.

The British Academy promotes inclusivity and strongly encourages applications from diverse backgrounds, underrepresented groups, scholars from low-income nations, and female academics.

Program Overview

Funding Availability

Status: Now Open for Applications

Applicant Criteria

Career Level: Postdoctoral or Comparable Research Experience

Important Dates

  • Application Opening Date: 12 June 2024
  • Application Deadline: 23 October 2024, 17:00 BST
  • Earliest Project Start Date: 24 March 2025


Fellowship Length: Three to Six Months

Fellowship Terms and Financial Support

  • Duration: Fellowships may last from three to six months.
  • Funding Cap: Up to £40,000 is available per fellowship.
  • Start Dates: Fellows may commence their projects anytime from March to August 2025.

Application Procedure

Interested candidates must submit their applications through the British Academy’s Grant Management System, Flexi-Grant®. The final date to apply is 17:00 BST on 23 October 2024.

Apply Here

For further details on the application process and to access the application portal, you can visit the British Academy’s official fellowship page: British Academy Visiting Fellowships 2025. This fellowship is a stellar opportunity for scholars looking to broaden their academic horizons and foster international research collaborations.