Commonwealth Fellowship Scheme

The Commonwealth Fellowship Scheme is an exciting opportunity for early career researchers from commonwealth countries to spend up to three months in Birmingham carrying out identified research projects. This opportunity arises from the University’s official partnership with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games due to take place this summer.  

The fellowship scheme aims to: 

  • support the professional development of early career researchers at universities in commonwealth countries 
  • allow visiting fellows to gain experience of how research is conducted at the University of Birmingham  
  • promote research collaboration between leading groups in Birmingham and commonwealth countries through projects undertaken initially in the UK 
  • build long-lasting partnerships and collaboration between the University of Birmingham and institutions in commonwealth countries  

We welcome applications within any subject area, and particularly encourage applications within the broad areas of Health and Life Sciences, Energy and Environmental Sustainability, and Global Challenges.  


  • Applicants must be nationals of countries within the Commonwealth.
  • Applicants must be currently working at recognised higher education/research institutions within the Commonwealth Association.
  • Applicants should normally have completed their PhD no longer than 10 years prior to application.


  • £850 towards travel expenses.
  • A monthly stipend of £1500 for up to three months to contribute towards living expenses and accommodation.

Please note:

Visiting fellows are expected to cover their own visa fee (if required) travel and medical insurance, and other domestic travel expenses incurred during their stay.

Application timeline

Applications open: 14 March 2022

Applications close: 26 June 2022

Applicants notified of outcome of application: 27 July 2022

Fellowships take place: September 2022 -July 2023

For any questions on the Commonwealth Fellowship Scheme, please contact Richard Brunt, International Partnerships Officer, Birmingham Global. 

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