International research fellowships launched

The University has announced 25 new fellowships for talented international researchers.

The TRAIN@Ed programme will provide three-year posts for researchers who have not worked or lived in the UK in the last three years. 

Researchers will focus on collaborative research with industry, creative arts and third sector organisations. 

The programme is open to postdoctoral fellows with two years post PhD experience.

Training and development

The researchers will benefit from training and development that will help them build their engagement skills.

They will receive career development plans, academic and industry mentoring and careers advice throughout their training.

The group will meet and exchange ideas with each other through regular events and social media channels.  

Assistance will be provided with visa applications, relocation expenses and health care.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND

The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA).   

MSCA enables research-focused organisations to host talented foreign researchers and create partnerships with leading institutions worldwide.

The grants address a major gap in opportunities for early career researchers and encourage international and interdisciplinary collaboration.  

Edinburgh is one of only two UK institutions awarded an MSC COFUND. The successful bid involved support from industrial partners.

The award has a total value of €7.1m – €2.65 from the European Commission and €4.45 from the University.

Chancellor’s Fellows

The TRAIN@Ed initiative is based on the successful and innovative Chancellor’s Fellows programme. 

Edinburgh has appointed more than 200 Chancellor’s Fellows, 50 per cent of whom were based outside the UK at the time of their recruitment.


The University will welcome up to five fellows from January 2019 and recruit a further twenty over the next two years.

The scheme is now open for applications.

Related Links

TRAIN@Ed applications

Chancellor’s Fellowships

European Commission’s MSCA programme