FAQs for Travel Grants

Please see below for FAQs regarding the British Council Researcher Links Travel Grants. If you can't find the answer you're looking for, please email UK-researcherlinks@britishcouncil.org. Please note that the following FAQs do not substitute information written on the guidelines, which should be read by all applicants.

Can PhD students apply for the travel grants?

No, candidates should have been awarded their PhD. 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. A final decision on this will be made at the eligibility check stage.

Can an applicant apply if they do not have a PhD?

Yes, 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.

Do applicants need to apply within an exchange between the host and home institution?

No, applicants are not requested to apply as part of an exchange between the host and home institution. The only exception for this is South Korea for which exchanges will be prioritized.

Can successful applicants travel before March 2014?

 No, successful applicants will carry out the research placement between April 2014 and March 2015.

Can applicants apply even if their area of research does not support international development goals?

Yes, applications will be assessed against all the quality criteria set out in the Travel Grant guidelines. 

Can applicants apply to carry out field research?

Yes, field research can be part of the visit but the main aim must be to build up a research collaboration with the host institution.

Can applicants apply to visit a civil society organisation that carry out research activities?

No, applicants should apply to visit a recognised publicly funded research establishment, or public or private Higher Education Institution. 

Should both the statement of support from the home institution and the letter of invitation from the host institution be in English or are local languages also acceptable?

Both the supporting statement and the letter if invitation must be written in English.

How strict are the priority areas? Are applications that do not meet these criteria still eligible?

It is unlikely that applications that do not fall in the priority areas will be funded

Can candidates apply to visit a hosting institution in the US if their field of research is in the Humanities and Social Sciences but not relevant to international development goals?

It is unlikely that applications that do not fall in the priority areas will be funded

Should applicants wanting to visit a hosting institution in South Korea apply only as part of an exchange with a hosting institution in South Korea?

No, UK applicants can apply either for one way visit or as part as an exchange – exchanges are co-funded by NRF. 

Early career researchers from South Korea will only be able to apply to the Researcher Links - Travel Grants if this is part of an exchange with an early career researcher from the UK. The application must be submitted using the online application available on the NRF website.