The British Council, working with the Higher Education International Unit, have opened a call for proposals for travel grants under the Newton Researcher Links programme, a part of the Newton Fund.

Vietnamese researchers based in Vietnam may apply to spend up to six months in a research institution in the UK. For further information on the specifics of the call, please read the guidelines document in full (available from the downloads section below).

The Newton Fund is part of the UK’s official development assistance programme. Through the Newton Fund, the UK will use its strength in research and innovation to promote economic development and social welfare of partner countries.


Deadline for applications: 16.00 UK time on 13 July 2015. Proposals submitted after the deadline will not be considered for funding.

Travel funded by the grant must take place before 31 March 2016.


  1. Applicants must be based in Vietnam and hold Vietnamese nationality 
  2. Only one application can be made per person
  3. Applicants must have already been awarded a PhD. PhD students are not eligible
  4. Focus areas include:
    - Health and life sciences 
    - Improving environmental resilience and energy security 
    - Future cities 
    - Agritech 
    - Digital, innovation and creativity 
  5. Applicants must involve in NAFOSTED supported projects.

Further eligibility criteria may apply. Please read the guidelines document in full (available in the downloads section below).


Before applying please download and read the guidelines document from the downloads section below. Once ready, you can apply online. You can view the information requested in the application form in the word document available in the downloads section.

If you have any technical problems with the online application form, please contact UK-researcherlinks@britishcouncil.org

For advice on applying to funding schemes, read this article from the British Council Director, Science and Research.


If you have any enquiries relating to this call, please contact UK-researcherlinks@britishcouncil.org