Bristol 'Next Generation' Visiting Researcher Programme

**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.

In the 2019-20 academic year we launched a new Bristol ‘Next Generation’ Visiting Researcher Programme, replacing the former Benjamin Meaker ‘fast track’ scheme and in complement to the Bristol Benjamin Meaker Distinguished Visiting Professorships (BBMDVPs). This scheme has been designed to support the next generation of research, helping to enhance the University of Bristol’s reputation as a centre for research excellence and innovation.

‘Next Generation’ has a dual meaning: this scheme can support researchers at any stage – including distinguished Professors – to undertake preliminary work on blue skies research projects, exploring exciting, innovative new research spaces; however, it also opens the door for future research leaders who are less senior in their careers but have shown great potential. For these awards we would encourage applicants to consider a ‘mentorship’ approach for applications, whereby the UoB host could be a more senior researcher – where appropriate – to help maximise the success and outcomes of the international visit. Visitors and hosts who are at equivalent career stages are, however, also very welcome to apply to this scheme.

‘Next Generation’ awards are for placements of up to six weeks, 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 Researchers 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 ‘Next Generation’ Visiting Researcher 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

The Bristol Next Generation Visiting Researcher programme support visits to the University of Bristol for up to six weeks for both distinguished professors and also future research leaders who have demonstrated research excellence and innovation in their field. The scheme offers funds for travel and subsistence (up to £200 per week) as well as accommodation for the duration of the visit.

Next deadline: tbc, please note that we will not be accepting further applications to this scheme until further notice.

Please ensure you familiarise yourself with the full requirements and guidance outlined in the 'Guidance for applicants' section of the 'Next Generation' call guidance document before completing the application form 

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 visit the events section here. (Note that there are no drop-in sessions planned due to the COVID-19 pandemic)

Distinguished Professors who wish to make a longer visit to the University of Bristol should consider applying to our Bristol Benjamin Meaker Distinguished Visiting Professorship scheme. Researchers seeking funding for shorter term and/or more responsive activities can find more information on our Responsive International Research Partnerships Opportunities page.

Follow-on Funding

Bristol Next Generation Visiting Researcher 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 Bristol Next Generation award holders will be eligible to apply for additional funding to support further relationship development through the planned Bristol Benjamin Meaker Follow-on Fund. This funding could be used for: