Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorships at Bristol University

These professorships are open to nominations from any University Department or School. Their purpose is to bring distinguished researchers from abroad and elsewhere in the UK to Bristol in order to enhance the research activity of the University.

The Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorship (BMVP) scheme was founded in 1976 from a bequest from the estate of the businessman Benjamin Meaker. The award covers travel, accommodation and subsistence (up to £800 per month) and takes three forms:

  • 'Medium-term’ visits of 1 to 3 months
  • ‘Fast track’ visits of up to 4 weeks
  • Visits to and from low and middle income countries (LMICs) of up to 4 weeks

Medium-term Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorships

Medium-term Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorships (MT-BMVPs) support visits of distinguished researchers to the University for between 1-3 months. The scheme offers funds for travel, subsistence (£800 per month) and accommodation (at 1 University Walk, the IAS accommodation, where possible).

Fast-track Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorships

Fast Track Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorships (FT-BMVPs) support visits of distinguished researchers to the University for up to month. The scheme offers funds for travel, subsistence (£800 per month) and accommodation (at 1 University Walk, the IAS accommodation, where possible).

Applications are welcome at any time and will be assessed at three deadlines per year:

  • Friday 27 July 2018 - for visits September to December 2018
  • Friday 16 November 2018 - for visits January to April 2019 
  • Friday 15 March 2019 - for visits May to August 2019

Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorships to Low and Middle Income Countries

New call for incoming and outgoing Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorships (BMVPs) to low and middle income countries (LMICs) to build and strengthen research connections and communities that will underpin future Official Development Assistance (ODA) compliant research proposals e.g. to Global Challenges Research Fund.

This new scheme supports visits of up to 1 month for distinguished researchers to and from the University to partners in countries on the DAC List of ODA Recipients (the Development Assistance Committee of the OECD). It offers funds for travel, subsistence (£800 per month) and accommodation (for incoming LMIC-BMVPs at 1 University Walk, the IAS accommodation, where possible).

Criteria for award

  • intrinsic academic interest/importance of the proposed enquiry
  • standing of the proposed visitor
  • quality of the submitted proposal, and its anticipated synergies
  • interest of the visit to a range of researchers and postgraduates
  • interaction proposed in addition to the specialist research undertaken
  • likelihood of significant outcomes - external funding, joint publications, potential long-term benefits
  • relevance to University of Bristol priority research themes
  • contribution to the University’s international research profile
  • balance of disciplinarity and interdisciplinarity across the spread of Meaker awards

Conditions of award

  • Award holders are given the title University of Bristol Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor (UoB BMVP) during their stay and should be referred to as such in all publicity. The Institute would be grateful for its logo to be included in all publicity where possible.
  • All awards are made on the basis of single continuous visits, with no provision for partners or children, or additional travel whilst based in Bristol.
  • All insurance and visa requirements are the responsibility of the Visitor and/or UoB Host Department/School, and the latter will also normally be expected to provide space for the BMVP. Please see visa application process for further information.
  • The award holder will be allocated accommodation at the IAS's Principal's House, a comfortable and serviced accommodation located just 5 minutes walk away from the IAS, located on the third floor of Senate House on the Central University Precinct. There may, however, be occasions when this is not possible due to non-availability of suites and we will work with the award holder to identify alternative accommodation. For further information, please contact
  • ‘Fast track’ Meakers will not be considered solely for the purposes of conference attendance, though conference attendance and delivery can legitimately form part of a rather larger programme of activities with Bristol staff and students.

Please note: As a condition of award, BMVPs are expected during their visits to give lectures/talks to relevant audiences beyond their immediate specialist collaborators. We are also keen to expose a range of postgraduate students to the Visitor’s expertise, for example by way of seminars or ‘master classes’ (which may be held in IAS). We also have video-conferencing facilities at IAS which enable the delivery of virtual seminars with external institutions. These events will be widely advertised in the University by the Host Department/School to allow a broader University audience to learn about the work being conducted by the Visitor. Details of all BMVP seminars and lectures should be forwarded to for the IAS events diary.

Application date
14 Dec 2018
1-3 months
Europe United Kingdom
Humanities Anthropology & Ethnology Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History Linguistics Literature Media Studies Music & Musicology Philosophy Religion & Theology Social sciences Business and Administrative Sciences Communication Sciences Demography Economics Environmental Sciences Gender Studies Geography International Relations Law Pedagogic & Education Research Political science Psychology & Cognitive Sciences Social Anthropology Sociology Other Agronomy Biology Chemistry Computer science Engineering Mathematics Medicine Physics
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years
Award granted
Up to £ 800/month + accommodation + travel expenses