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Rutherford Fund Strategic Partner Grants


​The Universities UK International (UUKi) Rutherford Fund Strategic Partner Grants programme provides funding for eligible UK higher education institutions to offer short-term fellowships that will build on and enhance their global strategic partnerships.​

The fellowships are funded by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) through the Rutherford Fund, with the aim of attracting global talent and strengthening the UK's research base. 

Rutherford Fund Strategic Partner Grants invite eligible institutions to set out how they would use a block grant of up to £150,000 to deliver a dynamic programme of research fellowships for early career researchers (ECRs). By funding individual ECR mobility within the framework of strategic partnerships, the aim is to catalyse longer term and interdisciplinary collaboration. Grants are available to work in collaboration with any partner country, however priority countries have been identified for the scheme, and therefore applications to work with partners within these countries are particularly encouraged:

  • Argentina
  • Australia 
  • Brazil
  • Canada 
  • Colombia 
  • Israel
  • Japan 
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand 
  • Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • South Africa​

The outcomes of the Rutherford Fund Strategic Partner Grants scheme are expected to include:

  • Enhanced research links between UK institutions and key strategic partners in a broad range of countries
  • The development of new and improvement of existing research networks and links between future research leaders and the UK research community
  • New opportunities for collaboration and joint working, and greater impact for existing collaborations 
  • Enhanced reputation of the UK and UK institutions in a broad range of countries

Key documents

Please see below for further information about the scheme​, including call guidelines, selection criteria and how to apply:

  1. Application form (please note that you may need to refresh if the form doesn't appear immediately)
  2. Call gu​id​elines​​​​​​​​​​ (includes Annexe A)
  3. Selection Criteria - Annexe A
  4. Rutherford Fellowship budget spreadsh​e​et​​​​ - Annexe ​B
  5. Terms and conditions of award - Annexe C​​
  6. FAQs document​​​​​​ (version 2)​

Call opensWednes​day, 29th November 2017
Call closes​​12.30pm (GMT) Wednesday, 10th January 2018
Review and selection process​​​​​​​​​​To be completed by Wednesday, 24th January 2018​​​​
Institutions notified of outcomeFriday, 26th January 2018
Fellowships beginNo later than 31st March 2018
Fellowships completedNo later than 30th March 2019​


How to apply

​​​To apply for a Rutherford Fund fellowship please complete the application form by 12:30pm (GMT) on Wednesday, 10th January 2018.

(Please note that you may need to refresh if the form doesn't appear immediately)​


If you have any questions, please contact the UUKi partnerships team at Rutherfordqueries@international.ac.uk