Sussex Sustainability Research Programme

SSRP Visiting Fellowship Fund

LAUNCH DATE:  06 February  2020

SSRP Visiting Fellowship Fund

Sussex faculty and postdoctoral researchers are invited to apply to the SSRP Visiting Fellowship Fund, a new initiative to strengthen the University’s international research network.

Deadline for applications: 06 March 2020

Purpose of fund:

The Sussex Sustainability Research Programme (SSRP) Visiting Fellowship Fund is designed to build on collaborations with partner organisations, particularly those in DAC listed countries, and strengthen the international research network of SSRP. Applications are encouraged from those not yet involved in SSRP activities and are working on collaborative research activities that specifically address GCRF challenges faced by developing countries.

Overseas colleagues are invited to Sussex to work on outputs from joint research activities. Possible outputs include: research proposals; journal articles or other academic outputs; policy briefs or other policy-relevant outputs; and a lecture or seminar.

Proposed SSRP Visiting Fellows should be nominated by a Sussex applicant. The applicant is expected to have developed a clear plan for collaborative research outputs with the nominee, and the nominee should have agreed arrangements to cover their absence from their home institution.


This scheme is jointly funded by the SSRP and a Research England allocation to the University for GCRF-related research activities.

Funding under this scheme will cover the following for the visiting fellow:

  • Travel
  • Accommodation
  • Visa
  • Insurance
  • Subsistence (in line with the University’s set rates, £30 per day)

Because this fund is intended to foster substantive research collaboration, it should not be used to underwrite Visiting Fellows’ conference participation or their independent fieldwork.

This fund will not pay:

  • Salary costs
  • Consumables
  • Equipment for the Visiting Fellow

 We require a full breakdown and justification of costs for HMRC purposes.

Awards for this fund are limited to £5,000.

Organisation of Visit

 Visiting Fellows will be nominated for a period of between two weeks and two months.

 The SSRP Visiting Fellow’s host school will be expected to:

  • Waive bench fees
  • Provide appropriate office space and administrative support for the visit

The SSRP Visiting Fellow is expected to contribute to the School SSRP research themes[1] and/or GCRF challenge areas.

 Successful Sussex applicants will be asked to contribute to hosting the Visiting Fellow by:

  • Supporting the visiting fellow in arranging travel and accommodation
  • Ensuring that office space, stationery and computer/printing facilities are provided by the host school
  • Organising a guest lecture or seminar

Nominees should normally be researchers based in an academic institution in a DAC country. (A small number of Fellowships (funded by SSRP) are available to Fellows from non-DAC countries.) The nominees should be accomplished researchers with an established reputation and respected publications. Ideally, the presence of the nominee will spark interest among a range of Sussex researchers beyond the hosting school. Nominees will be responsible for arranging the practicalities of the visit including, but not limited to, travel plans, visa application and insurance.

Research students are not eligible nominees.

SSRP Visiting Fellows are expected to comply with the arrangements for visiting fellows which apply to their host Schools.

Reporting requirements:

Successful applicants will be expected to submit:

  • A brief report detailing outcomes after the fellowship has come to an end
  • A brief follow-on report will also be requested six months after the initial report

Application Process:

 How to apply:

Applications will be reviewed by the:

  • SSRP Directorate
  • The Chair of the University’s GCRF and ODA Advisory Group
  • HoS of the hosting school

Applications should address the following criteria used to review the proposals:

  • Rationale for collaboration between the applicant and nominee
  • Appropriateness and likelihood of expected outcomes
  • Importance of research questions underpinning the collaboration
  • Value for money
  • Importance of fellowship for the host School

Further information:

If you would like to discuss your application, please contact:

Fiona Hurd, SSRP Programme Manager (

[1] Current SSRP Research Themes are:

a)      SDG interactions in critical transition zones – peri-urban and forest margins.

b)      The impact of economic globalization on SDG interactions and implementation.

c)      Rights-based approaches to stimulate action on the SDGs.

d)      Novel tools and methods to support implementation of the SDGs.

e)     Planetary health, especially linking the health SDG with environmental-related SDGs.