Early Career Mobility Scheme

The 2021-2022 Early Career Mobility Scheme (ECMS) is now closed for applications. Many thanks to everyone who participated. 

The ECMS will re-open for the next academic year in summer 2022. Check here or contact externalrelations-ecms@glasgow.ac.uk for further details, nearer the time.

Early Career staff members are able to apply for funding from the International Partnership Development Fund (IPDF). 

2021/2022 award recipients

Congratulations to the 11 successful applicants who were awarded the ECMS for the academic year 2021/2022 for work with the following institutions: University of Hong Kong; McGill University and The Smithsonian Institution. This year’s recipients come from a wide range of disciplines and research areas from across the University, with representatives from all four Colleges.  We look forward to hearing about the successes and developments of their visits and respective proposals upon their return. 

NameSchool / InstituteCollegeVisiting institution
Dr Bachar Cheaib Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine MVLS McGill
Catherine Friel Health & Wellbeing, Social & Public Health Sciences Unit MVLS McGill
Pia Katharina Huesch Law Social Sciences McGill
Dr Vaithinathan Karthikeyan Engineering Science and Engineering Hong Kong
Dr Cai Ladd Geographical & Earth Sciences Science and Engineering McGill
Jennifer Mallon Geographical & Earth Sciences Science and Engineering Smithsonian 
Marianne McCallum Health & Wellbeing MVLS McGill
Erin McNulty Modern Languages & Cultures Arts Smithsonian 
Dr Mingshu Wang Geographical & Earth Sciences Science and Engineering Hong Kong
Jinglin Wen Adam Smith Business School Social Sciences McGill
Duanyi Yi Social & Political Sciences Social Sciences Hong Kong

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, please be aware of travel restrictions which may in place both in the UK and in your chosen host country. For the latest travel advice please check the University's Travel Safety and Overseas work page and Coronavirus: information for staff and students. 

What is the funding for?

The scheme aims to develop early career researchers and to strengthen our institutional partnerships by enhancing research collaborations with key partners. It is open to University of Glasgow:

  • PhD students,
  • Post-doctoral researchers; and,
  • Early career staff. 

Support is available to work with the following institutions: 

  • University of Hong Kong
  • McGill University
  • Smithsonian Institution.

Details on previous recipients’ visits can be found on the International SharePoint site (accessible to all University of Glasgow staff with a valid GUID).

If you are an Early Career staff member, you can also look to apply for funding via the International Partnerships Development Fund (IPDF).

Objectives and guidance


The objectives of this scheme are to:

  • promote and strengthen new and existing research connections between the University of Glasgow and its partner institutions,
  • introduce PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and early career staff to academic culture and professional contacts overseas and
  • provide a first-hand experience of the partnership culture which is increasingly at the heart of academic collaboration.


a. General Considerations

Applications should clearly demonstrate how their proposal will enhance the wider collaborative links between University of Glasgow and the partner with whom they wish to engage. 

Applicants should make sure their application reflects all costs (including visa, insurance and administrative costs) surrounding their proposed project. 

In light of possible travel restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants are encouraged to also consider virtual ways of engaging with their chosen host institution in case it is not possible to travel at the time of the proposed trip. This could include:

  • Attending virtual meetings
  • Arranging virtual workshops and events
  • Conducting regular catch-ups with your host supervisor or relevant host contacts via Zoom/Teams.

b. Travel and Health insurance

Recipients should fill in the free University of Glasgow Travel Insurance form onlineInformation on the University's travel insurance

All postgraduate students should visit the Research Furth webpages

c. Visas

All applicants need to verify whether a visa is required for their study period and make all the appropriate arrangements accordingly.  

If a visa is required, please ensure that you apply well in advance of your departure, as the visa application procedure (which may involve attending an interview in London) can often take 2/3 months to process. Successful recipients who apply late may find it difficult to obtain a visa in time to coincide with their planned visit. 

Canada (McGill University)
British Citizens don’t usually need a visa to visit Canada for short periods, but will have to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) before travel.  For more information about the eTA system, and to apply online, visit the official Canadian government website

Hong Kong (University of Hong Kong)
British Citizens are permitted to visit Hong Kong for up to 6 months without a visa.  However during the COVID-19 pandemic, different entry requirements are being applied in Hong Kong, including refusing entry to all non-Hong Kong residents. 

USA (the Smithsonian Institution)
British Citizens will likely need to get a visa or an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) visa waiver to enter or transit the USA as a visitor. You should consult the US State Department website to determine which you will need.

d. COVID-19 vaccinations and quarantine 

Applicants are reminded to check COVID-19 vaccinations and testing requirements and whether there are any required quarantine periods in order to enter the country of the host institution well in advance of their proposed trip. 

Advice for British citizens on COVID-19 vaccinations, testing requirements and quarantine periods can be found on the Foreign Travel Advice section of the UK Government website:

 For further details please visit Foreign travel advice - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Please note, sections ‘c’ and ‘d’ provide information which relates to predominantly British Citizens and is subject to change. Non-British Citizens are also encouraged to check all travel and visa requirements relevant to them, prior to booking.

Award value

Applicants can apply for up to the sum of £5,000 to support their proposal and must clearly outline how the money will be used. 

The award is primarily intended to contribute to expenses relating to: 

  • travel 
  • accommodation 
  • daily living costs. 

In light of possible travel restrictions as a result of COVID-19, applicants are reminded that engagement with their host institution may also take place virtually.  As such, funding could also be utilised to support the following expenditures (subject to the approval of the ECMS Panel):  

  • Development/use of online programmes, platforms and tools; 
  • Conference registration fees (virtual events only); 
  • Research material/equipment (please provide specific details). 

Applicants must develop a clear proposal setting out details of the proposed visit/project, including the amount required and how the money would be used.   

Applicants are actively encouraged to use funds in conjunction with other sources of funding. 

Eligibility, duration and academic status


Those who are eligible to apply for the ECMS include:

  • All those registered for PhD at the University of Glasgow who have full doctoral student status, and who will not submit their thesis before completing their collaboration. Overall supervision will remain the responsibility of the student’s Glasgow supervisor/s.
  • All those with a valid University of Glasgow contract to work as a postdoctoral researcher. 
  • Early career staff within 5 years of their first permanent appointment at the deadline for applications and who hold an academic post at the University of Glasgow.


So as to ensure that the scheme can support a broad range of activities, there is no limit on the duration of the project.

However, students and researchers are advised that any funds must be utilised before the 31 July 2022. It will not be possible to extend access to any funds which remain unspent after this date.

Application procedure

Applicants should first conduct research into opportunities available to them with the partner institutions, including, for example, potential scholars with whom they would like to work. They should discuss the opportunity with their University of Glasgow supervisor and with the partner institution. 

If the proposed project requires ethical approval, please ensure that you check with your host about the processes involved and their timescale, and plan appropriately. 

Support for the application should be secured both in Glasgow and with the partner institution. All applicants must seek authorisation from their Head of School/Institute and obtain a signature for the ECMS application form .

University of Glasgow applicants who meet the eligibility criteria should submit the following: 

  1. ECMS application form ‌ which includes: 

University of Glasgow applicants who meet the eligibility criteria should submit their application:

1. Statement of Support from University of Glasgow: 

  • Application Statement
    UofG colleagues providing the Statement of Support should indicate their relationship to the applicant (e.g. supervisor, Head of School, Principal Investigator) 
    UofG colleagues providing the Statement of Support must be copied into applicant’s submission email to externalrelations-partnershipfunding@glasgow.ac.uk  
  • Proposed budget 
  • Privacy notice.

2. Partner institution statement of support: A short statement of support (attached to submission email as pdf/word document/email) from your proposed supervisor or academic at the partner institution you wish to visit/collaborate with. 

Your application should be emailed to externalrelations-partnershipfunding@glasgow.ac.uk by Wednesday 5 January 2022. 

Please note, funds will be allocated to your School/Institute within the financial year 2021/2022. It is the recipient’s responsibility to spend this before the end of the financial year,  31 July 2022. This date coincides with the University of Glasgow’s financial year-end and it will not be possible to carry over any unspent funds into the next financial year.   


Please note, each recipient is required to complete an ECMS progress report within two months of returning from their visit.

All progress reports should be sent to externalrelations-partnershipfunding@glasgow.ac.uk

Recipients who fail to submit a progress report will not be eligible to submit future applications and your Head of School/Institute will be notified.

Recipients are encouraged to arrange an internal/departmental event to maximise impact and showcase their achievements following the collaboration. This should highlight the positive impact that collaboration with our international partner institutions can have on your research and the opportunities for your wider team/department. Suggested information events include a virtual coffee morning or poster presentation (either virtually or in-person).

Please do not hesitate to contact externalrelations-partnershipfunding@glasgow.ac.uk should you wish to discuss this on more detail.