British Council


Newton Fund Researcher Links Travel Grants provide financial support for researchers to undertake an international research placement to strengthen links for future collaboration, build research capacity in developing economies, and enhance the researcher's career opportunities.

Researchers that reside in the UK can apply for funding to visit a university or research institution in one of the partner countries, and those residing in one of the partner countries can apply for funding to travel to the UK. 

These grants are funded by the Newton Fund, managed by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), together with partner funders from around the world. The Fund aims to promote the economic development and welfare of either the partner countries or, through working with the partner country, to address the problems of low-income and vulnerable populations.

Duration of visit: 4-12 weeks depending on the country.


  1. Understanding habitats and species
  2. Biodiversity for sustainable livelihoods and bio-economy 
  3. Global Climate Change, Biodiversity and ecosystems 
  4. Maintaining and restoring natural capital

For more information on priority areas check Appendix 5 in the guidelines document (download section).

ODA requirement: All applications must meet the required relevance to economic development or social welfare (see guidelines for further information) of the partner country. 


Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Peru, and Argentina.


  • Applicants must be based either in the UK, or in the partner countries listed above, and be affiliated with a recognised publicly funded research establishment or public or private Higher Education Institution. Please see list of eligible UK research institutions available from the download section.
  • Travel may only be between the UK and partner country, but can be in either direction. 
  • Travel Grants are open to early and established career researchers. Please read the guidelines for further information and contact us if you are in doubt.

Other eligibility criteria apply. Please refer to the guidelines document available from the download section below for full eligibility criteria.


This call is now closed.