Newton Fund - Partner Country Matched Funding schemes

Our partner countries for our Newton International and Newton Advanced Fellowships (currently Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa) offer scholarships and grants to UK researchers to enable them to spend time undertaking clinical or patient oriented research in these countries.
The opportunities available varies between partners. Information on each scheme will be provided below, along with the application timelines for the schemes. 

The National Council for the State Funding Agencies (CONFAP) and the State Funding Agencies offer fellowships and mobility grants to UK researchers who wish to spend from two weeks to four years carrying out research in Brazil. 

Opportunities are available for early career and more experienced researchers.

This scheme is currently closed. Please check back here for new round openings and visit the CONFAP website for more information.

South Africa

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) of South Africa is offering awards for UK researchers to visit South Africa.

DST – NRF Fellowships for Early Career Researchers from the United Kingdom  support the placement of UK early career researchers (with up to 7 years post PhD experience) in South African public research institutions for a maximum period of 6 months, in order to enhance and strengthen collaboration, build research capacity and enhance career opportunities for researchers in South Africa and the UK.

Fellowships are between 3-6 months, and will cover the costs of one economy return flight from the UK to SA, living expenses, including accommodation and ground transport. The maximum amount per fellowship (all inclusive) is R330,000. 

This scheme is currently closed for applications. Please visit the NRF website for more up to date information.

For more information on how to apply, please see the call framework document and application guide , and visit the NRF website



The National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) are offering fellowships and mobility schemes for UK researchers to spend time in a Mexican university or institution.

The CONACYT International Fellowships will be aimed at supporting early career post doctoral researchers (no more than 7 years active full time postdoctoral experience). The awards will be for one year (with a potential to be extended to a second year subject to evaluation) to be spent in Mexico undertaking research at a host university or research institute. CONACYT will cover a stipend, research expenses and medical insurance.

The CONACYT Advanced Fellowships will be aimed at supporting early to mid career researchers , up to 15 years post-PhD. The awards will be for one year, and CONACYT will provide a salary top up as well as research expenses as well as subsistence, research expenses and medical insurance.

For both fellowships, the Mexican Academy of Sciences will cover travel expenses for each fellowship awarded.

These schemes are now closed. For more information on eligibility and future rounds of the scheme please visit the CONACYT website.

 The Mexican Academy of Sciences Short Term Mobility  scheme will provide the opportunity for early career and established researchers (postdoctoral onwards) based in UK to establish and develop new collaborations with Mexican counterparts. They will be based around a joint research project in the fields of exact and natural sciences; social sciences and humanities; and engineering. The awards will be up to £4000 for a period of three months and will cover costs for subsistence, research expenses and travel expenses. Applications must have a Mexican and UK co-applicant and be based around a jointly conceived research project. For short stays, the Mexican Academy of Sciences will cover travel costs for each UK fellowship holder.

This scheme is now closed- for more information please visit the Mexican Academy of Sciences website


The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK) is offering fellowships to researchers in the UK to pursue their research in Turkey.

TÜBITAK offers Fellowships for Visiting Scientists and Scientists on Sabbatical Leave to researchers in the UK who would like to give workshops, conferences or lectures, or conduct R&D activities in Turkey. Visits can be from 1 week-12 months, and support includes a monthly stipend, travel costs and health insurance premiums. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

The International Researchers Fellowship Programme is open to PhD students and early career post-doctoral researchers.The maximum duration of the fellowship is 12 months, and support includes a monthly stipend, travel insurance and health premiums. This scheme is currently closed. 

For information on both schemes, please see the TUBITAK website


United Kingdom

The Academy of Medical Sciences is  offering Newton Advanced Fellowships and Newton International Fellowships to researchers in these countries.

For more information on similar opportunities across natural sciences, engineering and social sciences and humanities, please visit:

Further information on the UK Government's Newton Fund is available from Newton Fund website.

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