Graduate School

International opportunities

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Are you looking to foster your global research collaboration network, or to develop an international dimension to your career? 

There are a wide range of schemes, placements, funding provision, prizes and awards, all designed to support postgraduate students to access international opportunities and increase their research mobility.


Internal Opportunities 

The following are schemes you can access through the University of Nottingham directly. Opportunities vary in length and have different eligibility criteria as indicated in the matrix below.

Graduate School

Graduate School Travel Prize 
Open to doctoral research students only.

Up to £600 


N/A - cash prize                    


Research Staff Travel Prize 
Open to Research Staff level 4 only.

  • up to £300 for attendance at a
    conference in your country of employment
  • up to £600 for attendance at a conference overseas


N/A - cash prize                    


BESTS Awards 
For doctoral research students & research staff

Up to £3000 


2 months 


IRCA Awards 
For doctoral research students & research staff

Up to £3000 


2 months

International Office

ERASMUS Programme
Open to undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research students.

Study and/or work placement at one of our European partner universities. 

2 - 3 months                                         

Universitas 21 
PhD students

Researcher Support Mobility Fund
(View list of member universities)


3 months +


InterCampus Mobility Scheme
For PhD Students

School Funded opportunity to study on alternate UoN Campus 


1 - 12 months

Collaborative partnerships for joint PhD provision

Significant part of PhD duration
Research Council

PIPs (Professional Internship for Phds) 
Doctoral Training for BBSRC Students. 

Host covers expenses. Stipend continues. 


3 months                


International Placements Scheme 

For AHRC & ESRC funded PhD students


3 - 6 months

External Opportunities


British Council



Newton Fund 

Research Beyond Borders

Leverhulme Trust

Libraries of Congress

Royal Society

If you've found an external opportunity but aren't sure how it would fit with your course of study  please contact us.

Overseas Academics

UK Visa Guide

UoN Guidance


The Graduate School

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