Graduate School


The International Research Collaboration Award (IRCA)  supports the creation of novel research collaborations through researcher mobility. This award offers you an opportunity to broaden your international experience as a researcher through a research visit, of up to two months duration. The collaboration could be with an organisation based anywhere in the world.

Through the support of this award you will deepen your understanding of research in an international arena, establish a network of contacts, and gain the skills and attitudes required to make a success of your career as a global researcher. 

An IRCA can be for any amount up to £3,000.

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Funding rounds
Round  Deadline  Travel from  Travel to
 Oct '17 CLOSED 5 Oct 2017 6 Nov 2017  6 Oct 2018
 Mar '18 CLOSED

7 Mar 2018

2 Apr 2018  1 Mar 2019
 Jul' 18

 5 Jul 2018

(opens 30 Apr '18)

6 Aug 2018  1 Jul 2019


Before applying 

Before applying applicants must first:

  • Identify an appropriate research project and host organisation/s
  • Secure the agreement of the intended host for the research visit before completing the application 
  • Predict the benefits gained from the visit from the following perspectives;

- Personal and professional
- Research Group/Faculty
- Institutional

  • Agree the nature of the activities to be undertaken 
  • Estimate the costs incurred during the visit
  • Receive support from their line manager/supervisor

Application form

There are three application deadlines each calendar year. See the timetable above to check that you are applying for the correct round of funding.

Applications are made through Moodle. Click on the link below to access the application form and detailed applicant and supervisor/line manager guidance notes.

Apply here

Potential applicants are welcome to contact the IRCA team in the Graduate School about their application.

Contact us


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