European Partnership Development Fellowships

Sussex European Partnership Development Fellowships (EPDF) support individuals whose collaborations have the potential to deliver active, high quality, mutually beneficial links with European partners, that help to deliver our Sussex 2025 Strategy.

About the fellowships

The scheme offers a valuable opportunity for Sussex or partner staff to engage with likeminded researchers, teachers, and professional services colleagues, either on the partner university campus, or at Sussex, in a stimulating interdisciplinary environment. Participants will have the opportunity to enhance their personal and their institution’s international networks, and to contribute to international development at both universities.

Within one year of an award a visit should lead to tangible outputs, such as:

  • publications or grant applications
  • joint workshops
  • mobility or teaching opportunities.

The scheme is open to academic and professional services staff based at Sussex or at selected European universities outside of the United Kingdom. Fellows must have an excellent track record commensurate with career stage. There is no minimum employment requirement.

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Our EPDF partners

Fellowships are available to Sussex and partner staff from the following institutions:  

Aarhus University 

Charles University

KU Leuven

University of Bologna

University of Strasbourg

University of Warsaw

This list may be subject to change, but those listed are partners with whom we share an interest in deepening our connections for research, teaching and mobility, and have been carefully selected through an assessment of the policy environment, breadth and depth of engagement, their international outlook, language and location, and their outstanding reputations.

Application details

During their visit, visiting fellows should contribute to the wider activity of the University they visit, engaging with a cross-section of the community.

Inbound Visiting Fellows (visiting Sussex) should be nominated by a Sussex staff member, who will act as the visitor’s Host and submit the application.

Outbound Visiting Fellows (Sussex staff visiting a partner) should have the support of the partner institution and a partner staff member who will act as their host and support their application.

In either case, the Sussex staff member is to take a lead role in planning and co-ordinating the visit (arranging for support from within the School/Partner as appropriate).

Read the full programme specification [PDF 433KB].

Applications for the current academic year are accepted on a rolling basis and Visiting Fellows must demonstrate that they have the support of their home institution and of the Host’s Head of School.

Applications are made by Sussex staff using the EPDF application form.

Contact us

For any queries about the European Partnership Development Fellowship, please email Louise Duthie, Global Partnerships Manager: