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FST Distinguished Visitor Programme

The Faculty of Science and Technology's Distinguished Visitor Programme has the following objectives:

  • To build new international links between Lancaster and leading universities worldwide
  • To increase Lancaster's ability to deliver outstanding research; to enhance the experience of Lancaster's early-career researchers through collaborations with world-leading overseas academics
  • To raise Lancaster's international visibility and appeal among academics in the world's top 100 Universities

It is expected that the nominees will be research-active and recognised world-leaders in an area of research complementary to that at Lancaster and be based at an internationally leading overseas university.

The visits will support research that have clear potential to lead to new 4*-quality research publications and/or new grants and to increase Lancaster's recognition and appeal for academic recruitment at all levels.

This funding will support visits of up to 3 months. Visits of less than a month can be supplemented by funding for follow-up, such as by the distinguished visitor or a junior researcher from the same group to Lancaster.

The distinguished visitor is expected to deliver seminars/lectures during their stay at Lancaster and other leading UK universities as appropriate for the length of visit. For example a 3 month visit may involve a general colloquium for the University staff, 2-4 specialist lectures for young researchers and staff at Lancaster, and 1-2 seminars at leading UK universities.

The budget per visit is limited to £1k towards economy-class travel from overseas and £4k/month for living expenses in Lancaster and local travel in the UK. Funding for follow-up visits will be limited to £3K.

Applications from Chemistry, Engineering, LEC (Physical Sciences), and Physics should be made using the specified nomination form to Panel A.

Applications from Computing and Communications, LEC (Bio and Social Sciences), Mathematics and Statistics, and Psychology should be made to Panel B.