UEA was awarded £637,000 of funding in 2018/19 to support international development research projects across the University, and it is expected that UEA will receive the same level of funding for the subsequent two years. The institutional strategy was approved for funding over the next three years, and will be available to support a wide range of initiatives compliant with Official Development Assistance. This funding will be accessible via two main schemes:

  • UEA GCRF Rapid Response funds
  • UEA Global Challenges Research Fellowships (formerly known as Vice Chancellor’s Global Challenges Research Fellowship)

Guidance on the UEA Global Challenges Research Fellowships is provided below. For further information or queries regarding Rapid Response funding, please contact rin.international@uea.ac.uk.

There will be two rounds of funding in 2019/20, with the following application deadlines:

  • 14th June 2019
  • 6th December 2019

Starting in 2018, UEA offers the UEA Global Challenges Research Fellowships to enhance our international partnerships and to promote research collaborations of wider benefit to society.

As these fellowships are funded via the UEA institutional QR allocation from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), they must comply with requirements for Official Development Assistance (ODA).

The UEA Global Challenges Research Fellowships provide the opportunity for international researchers to spend between 3-6 months at UEA, to advance longer-term interdisciplinary collaborations and to undertake training activities to support their career development. Applications must be supported by a host researcher at UEA, and approved by the Head of School or Department.

Fellows will receive the following financial support:

A stipend of £2,000 per month
Travel costs (including visa fees) of up to £2,000
Research, support and training costs of up to £5,000
Please note that the monthly stipend of £2,000 is subject to deductions such as tax and National Insurance contributions.


Applications are now closed.  Please contact  rin.international@uea.ac.uk for more information.