International Exchange Programme – Bilateral

Funding area: International

The Bilateral Programme facilitates the collaboration between researchers from Scotland and those based in institutions with which the RSE has a formal Memorandum of Understanding. Exchange Programme grants are for short-term visits of one to four weeks duration, the key objectives being to enhance the research capabilities of individual researchers, develop international collaborative links, and enable participation in international research programmes. These grants are open to all academics and researchers and the RSE Fellows.

For visits to Scotland, the RSE meets the cost of accommodation and subsistence in Scotland, and international travel is covered by the partner academy. For visits from Scotland, the RSE covers the international travel, and the partner academy provides for accommodation and subsistence.

Fund deadline passed

This fund is currently closed for applications.

Fund value

£100 per night (up to £3,000)

Fund duration

1-4 weeks

Except visits involving the Italian National Academy are for 1-2 weeks; Hungarian Academy of Sciences 1-3 months; Polish Academy of Sciences 1-2 weeks

Additional Information


  • The Exchange programmes are open to Fellows and non-Fellows.
  • Researchers traveling should have at least a PhD or equivalent at the time of travel.
  • Applications should be submitted at least 3 months before the proposed visit date (except in the case of exchanges with India when applications should be submitted 6 months before the proposed visit date and in the case of exchanges with Taiwan when applications should be submitted 4 months before the visit date).
  • Researchers must be employed by a Scottish HEI at both the time of application and the time of the visit. Hosts for researchers visiting Scotland must be based at a Scottish research institution.
  • Both visitors and hosts must have established contact before application.
  • Research should be of an academic rather than clinical nature.
  • Applications are judged by open competition on scientific merit. The decision of the selection committee is final.
  • Funding for return or repeat visits is not guaranteed.
  • Check FCO travel advice for guidance on travel to the destination country.
  • Please check exchange programme with each sister academy for any specific eligibility criteria.
  • Due to a recent review of the RSE Awards programme, please note that Committee members are not permitted to apply for funding from an award scheme for which they serve on the Committee. Committee members who wish to apply should step down from their post first.


Under the Bilateral Programme, the RSE has Memoranda of Understanding with the organisations listed below. Please note that applications for visits from Scotland should be submitted to the RSE. Applications for visits from one of our partner countries/regions TO SCOTLAND should be submitted to the relevant overseas Academy.

The Academy of Sciences Malaysia (not currently available)

The Bilateral Funding scheme is not currently available with the ASM, but applications can be submitted through the Open Programme when it is available.

The Czech Academy of Sciences

Applications to the Czech Academy of Sciences are considered in all areas of the natural sciences, social sciences, arts letters and humanities. Applications can be made only to the research institutes that are part of the research network of HAS.

The Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Applications to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences are considered in all areas of the natural sciences, social sciences, arts, letters and humanities. Please note, applications can be made to visit only the research institutes that are part of the research network of HAS or to HAS subsidized university research group.

The Indian National Science Academy

Applications for exchanges with the Indian National Science Academy must be submitted to the RSE at least six months prior to the visit to allow time for security clearance.

Applications for exchanges between Scotland and India are invited in the following subject areas: mathematical sciences, chemical sciences, earth sciences, animal sciences, biochemistry and biophysics, physics, engineering and technology, plant sciences, medical sciences, agricultural sciences.

The Italian National Academy

Applications to the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei are considered in all areas of the natural sciences, social sciences, arts, letters and humanities.

The Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan

Applications to the Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan are considered in all areas of the natural sciences, social sciences, arts letters and humanities.

Applications will be particularly welcome in the following areas: sensors and imaging and their applications including medical areas, brain neuroscience.

The Pakistan Academy of Sciences

Applications to the Pakistan Academy of Sciences are considered in all areas of the natural sciences.

The Polish Academy of Sciences

Applications to the Polish Academy of Sciences are considered in all areas of the natural sciences, social sciences, arts, letters and humanities.

The Slovak Academy of Sciences

Applications to the Slovak Academy of Sciences are considered in all areas of the natural sciences, social sciences, arts, letters and humanities.

The Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Applications to the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts are considered in all areas of the natural sciences, social sciences, arts, letters and humanities.