Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorships at Bristol University

The Bristol Benjamin Meaker Distinguished Visiting Professorship scheme was founded in 1976 from a bequest from the estate of businessman Benjamin Meaker. To date it has brought over 450 Distinguished Visiting Professors to the University of Bristol (UoB), representing a wide range of disciplinary, theoretical and methodological approaches. The scheme is open to applications from any school or faculty within the University; the purpose of these awards is to bring distinguished researchers from overseas to Bristol in order to enhance the research activity of the University in any field.

Awardees can expect a carefully planned and hosted visit lasting between 1-3 months, during which they will undertake world-leading, curiosity-driven research in partnership with UoB academics. The scheme offers ideal conditions in which to stretch the boundaries of the academic field in question, with generous and peaceful space for work and life provided, along with monies set aside for travel to, and subsistence while resident in, Bristol (up to £200/week). Our recently refurbished bespoke building for academic visitors, Principal’s House at 1 University Walk, is a haven right in the heart of the university’s central precinct. It provides self-catering accommodation with generous living areas, as well as communal and office space which can be used for meetings. Visitors will also have use of the Verdon-Smith Room, Royal Fort House for workshops or seminars.

A visit to the UoB will encourage long-lasting international collaborations, with research outputs being one key indicator of success. We also hope that visitors will be open to working with UoB’s existing global network partnerships and to participating in funding bids. In addition to working with their host and host department colleagues, Visiting Professors will have opportunities to work with research-active UoB members at all levels, from postgraduate to emeriti, and they will have the chance to schedule a suite of internal and public-facing activities, from consultations and masterclasses to workshops, public lectures and performances. The Bristol Benjamin Meaker Distinguished Visiting Professorship scheme therefore offers fantastic mutual benefits for both the visitor and the host, and over time the cumulative effect of these international research collaborations will produce a truly global community of scholars.

To help support the development if this global community we have also launched a new Follow-on Fund for Visiting Professors and Researchers within 18 months of the end of their visit. More information is available via this link.

How to apply

Bristol Benjamin Meaker Distinguished Visiting Professorships (BBMDVPs) support visits of distinguished researchers to the University of Bristol for between 1-3 months. The scheme offers funds for travel and subsistence (up to £200 per week) as well as accommodation for the duration of the Professorship.

Please ensure you familiarise yourself with the full requirements and guidance outlined in the 'Guidance for applicants' section of the BBMDVP call guidance document before completing the application form.

Next deadline: 2 March 2020

2020 deadlines: March 2020; September 2020

Information on the application process, eligibility criteria and conditions of funding can be found in the Bristol Benjamin Meaker Distinguished Visiting Professorships call specification: click here to view and download.

Application date
1-3 months
Europe : United Kingdom
Social sciences
Required post-doc experience
Between 0 and 99 years
Award granted
Up to £ 800/month + accommodation + travel expenses