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Newton Researcher Links gives early career researchers from the UK and Vietnam the opportunity to form international connections through fully funded workshops and travel grants. 

The programme runs in around 19 other countries globally, and since the launch in 2013, thousands of researchers have benefited from Researcher Links. New international collaborations, networks and projects have already been formed directly from the early rounds of workshops.

Researcher Links will be running in Vietnam under the Newton Programme Vietnam to enable knowledge exchange, as well as skills and career development – areas that are important for sustainable development.

The Newton Programme Vietnam is an integral component of the Newton Fund. This forms part of the UK’s official development assistance programme, to develop science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and social welfare of developing countries.

Researcher Links Workshops

Researcher Links workshops bring together early-career researchers from the UK and Vietnam to allow them to make international connections that can improve the quality of their research and open doors to new international opportunities. 

Researcher Links Travel Grants

Researcher Links Travel Grants provide financial support for early-career researchers in Vietnam to undertake an international research placement in the UK, to strengthen links for future collaboration, build research capacity and enhance the researcher's career opportunities. You can see a list of previous travel grant awardees.

Who can apply

Leading Researchers should apply to be workshop coordinators and propose a theme for the workshop using the application form. It must be a joint application, with one coordinator based at a UK institution and one based in Vietnam. The applicants can be of any nationality, but must be based in the UK or Vietnam. Leading Researchers are defined as being upper R3 and R4, as outlined by the EC in this document.

The participants of the workshops must be early-career researchers, as defined later in this section, and must also be based in either the UK or Vietnam. 

Travel Grants
The travel grants are open to early-career researchers that are based in either the UK or Vietnam. 

What is an early-career researcher?
The term 'early career researcher' refers to researchers at the beginning of their research careers. We would expect early career researchers to have been awarded their PhD not more than 10 years prior to applying for the Travel Grant or to participate in a Workshop, but allowances can be made for career breaks or other extenuating circumstances. If a researcher does not hold a PhD, but has research experience equivalent to a PhD holder and works in a field where a PhD is not a pre-requisite for established research activity, they will still be considered eligible.


Researcher Links consists of workshops and travel grants, both with a focus on early career researchers. You can keep up-to-date with all British Council calls via the Euraxess UK newsetter by subscribing here.


If you are interested in collaborations with us in Newton Programme Vietnam, please contact

Nguyen Thu Giang
Higher Education Manager (Science and Innovation)
British Council
20 Thuy Khue | Hanoi | 10000 | Vietnam
T +84 (0)4 3728 1920 ext 1926
D +84 (0)4 3728 1926
F +84 (0)4 3843 4962
E giang.nguyen@britishcouncil.org.vn