British Council

International research collaboration is essential for the global knowledge economy, and it has been shown that internationally mobile researchers tend to be more productive. Furthermore, a shared research interest can help to build trust and relationships between people from very different backgrounds and cultures.

In response to this, and taking advantage of its position as an intercultural relations organisation with global expertise in higher education, the British Council is launching the British Council Researcher Links initiative, in partnership with various research and higher education organisations from around the world.

Researcher links consists of workshops and travel grants, both with a focus on early career researchers.

For more information about this initiative, please visit British Council Researcher Links page.

Researcher Links workshops - Call for Application

The British Council has re-opened the call for workshop proposals under the Researcher Links initiative. We are inviting Leading Researchers to propose themes for bilateral workshops to be held in one of the 18 partner countries, which will bring together early-career researchers to discuss their research and start to build international relationships.

Successful workshops will receive funding, and the applicants (Leading Researchers) will, with the exception of certain countries, be responsible for organising the workshop. Some countries have priority areas, and only themes within these will be considered. Please read the guidelines document for details.

Country list (2014-2015)

Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Kolombia, Mesir, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Meksiko, Moroko, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Afrika Selatan, Korea Selatan, Thailand, Turki dan Vietnam.

Important dates

Deadline for submissions - 9 June 2014.

Successful workshops must take place between 1 October 2014 and 1 March 2015


Leading Researchers are eligible to apply (see below). Applications must be made on a bilateral basis between institutions in the UK and a partner country and must be led by two Leading Researchers; there is no restriction on nationality, however one of the applicants must be UK-based, and the second must be based in one of the partner countries identified above.

Leading Researcher is defined as being upper R3 and R4, as outlined by the EC in Towards a European Framework for Research Careers. 

The participants of the workshops must be early-career researchers, as defined below, and must also be based in either the UK or one of the partner countries.

The term 'early career researcher' refers to researchers at the beginning of their research careers. We would expect early career researchers to have been awarded their PhD not more than 10 years prior to applying for to participate in a workshop, but allowances can be made for career breaks or other extenuating circumstances. If a researcher does not hold a PhD, but has research experience equivalent to a PhD holder and works in a field where a PhD is not a pre-requisite for established research activity, they will still be considered eligible.

How to apply

Before applying please download and read the guidelines

If you have any questions or issues with the online application, please contact uk-researcherlinks@britishcouncil.org

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