Bristol Benjamin Meaker Distinguished Visiting Professorships

**As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the associated restrictions on movement and travel the BBMDVP scheme has been on hold however we hope to reopen the scheme shortly and to be able to announce a call for applications in Autumn 2021 for visits in 2022.**

In the meantime you may be interested in applying for one of our Bristol International Online Research Collaboration Awards.

The Bristol Benjamin Meaker Distinguished Visiting Professorship scheme was founded in 1976 from a bequest from the estate of businessman Benjamin Meaker. To date it has brought over 450 Distinguished Visiting Professors to the University of Bristol (UoB), representing a wide range of disciplinary, theoretical and methodological approaches. The scheme is open to applications from any school or faculty within the University; the purpose of these awards is to bring distinguished researchers from overseas to Bristol in order to enhance the research activity of the University in any field.

You can view a listing of previous BBMDVP visitors for the period 2010-2020 on the spreadsheet below, which shows the breadth and depth of research expertise at the Universit of Bristol.

2010-2020 BBMDVP Awards (Office document, 370kB)

Awardees can expect a carefully planned and hosted visit lasting between 1-3 months, during which they will undertake world-leading, curiosity-driven research in partnership with UoB academics. The scheme offers ideal conditions in which to stretch the boundaries of the academic field in question, with generous and peaceful space for work and life provided, along with monies set aside for travel to, and subsistence while resident in, Bristol (up to £200/week). Our recently refurbished bespoke building for academic visitors, Principal’s House at 1 University Walk, is a haven right in the heart of the university’s central precinct. It provides self-catering accommodation with generous living areas, as well as communal and office space which can be used for meetings. Visitors will also have use of the Verdon-Smith Room, Royal Fort House for workshops or seminars.

A visit to the UoB will encourage long-lasting international collaborations, with research outputs being one key indicator of success. We also hope that visitors will be open to working with UoB’s existing global network partnerships and to participating in funding bids. In addition to working with their host and host department colleagues, Visiting Professors will have opportunities to work with research-active UoB members at all levels, from postgraduate to emeriti, and they will have the chance to schedule a suite of internal and public-facing activities, from consultations and masterclasses to workshops, public lectures and performances. The Bristol Benjamin Meaker Distinguished Visiting Professorship scheme therefore offers fantastic mutual benefits for both the visitor and the host, and over time the cumulative effect of these international research collaborations will produce a truly global community of scholars.

To help support the development if this global community we have also launched a new Follow-on Fund for Visiting Professors and Researchers within 18 months of the end of their visit. More information is available via this link.

How to apply

Bristol Benjamin Meaker Distinguished Visiting Professorships (BBMDVPs) support visits of distinguished researchers to the University of Bristol for between 1-3 months. The scheme offers funds for travel and subsistence (up to £200 per week) as well as accommodation for the duration of the Professorship.

We will be posting our call guidance and application form shortly. ‌

Next deadline: tbc

There are 2 annual deadlines in March and September, however this may change for 2020/21 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 If you have any questions regarding the application process or any other aspect of this scheme please get in touch with International Research Partnerships Officer Sam Barlow via

The Research Development International team also offer monthly drop-in sessions where you can come along to meet the team and get support and guidance on a range of topics. For more information including upcoming dates please click here.

Researchers who wish to make a shorter, more exploratory visit to the University of Bristol should consider applying to our Bristol Next Generation Visiting Researcher programme, particularly those who are a less senior stage in their research careers. Researchers seeking funding for shorter-term and/or more responsive activities can also find more information on our Responsive International Research Partnerships Opportunities page.

Follow-on Funding

BBMDVP awards are intended to cultivate relationships between individuals and institutions, and we would therefore also expect these relationships to continue to grow and develop after the award. To help facilitate this award holders will have the opportunity to apply for additional funding to support further relationship development. This funding could be used for:

 For more information on the Benjamin Meaker Follow-on Fund please click here.