New Researchers at Risk Scheme – Open for Ukrainian Applicants

The British Academy, together with CARA (the Council for At-Risk Academics), has established a Researchers at Risk Fellowships Programme, and is inviting Ukrainian applications.

The Fellowships cover the natural sciences, medical and health sciences, engineering, humanities, social sciences and the arts, with applications made via UK-based institutions. The programme is receiving £3 million of Government funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The Nuffield Foundation, an independent charitable trust, is contributing £0.5 million towards the scheme.

Colleagues may be approached directly about this scheme by Ukrainian academics who are either still in Ukraine or have come to the UK under the Homes for Ukraine Scheme. Some staff may have collaborations with Ukrainian universities and may wish to support their colleagues through application to this scheme.

International Development Office

Here at Liverpool, the scheme is being managed by the International Development Office who will act as first port of call either for Ukrainian academics wishing to be introduced to potential academic mentors at the University, or for academics at the University wishing to support a Ukrainian colleague.

The British Academy Researchers at Risk fellowship Programme is being delivered by the UK National Academies in partnership with the Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA).  The Fellowships will support researchers at risk to continue their research in the UK for up to two years. The scheme is initially open to Ukrainian academics who have identified a potential host at a UK university.


In order to be eligible applicants must satisfy the following criteria: 

  • Hold a doctoral degree (or have equivalent experience) There are other visa routes for PhD students.
  • Are confirmed by CARA to be at risk
  • Are still either in Ukraine or it has not been more than five years since they left Ukraine, i.e. they can apply if in the UK and evidence risk
  • Possess the language skills required for successful completion of their project
  • Possess academic qualifications and can show other evidence of an active academic career (e.g. publications)
  • Have not been supported through an equivalent scheme / opportunity

The deadline for applications is 5pm BST on Wednesday, 20 July.

Further information

For further information, please visit the International Development Office webpages.