Researcher Links

In order to retain its leading position, UK researchers need to continue to connect internationally, and build mutually beneficial partnerships for the future with emerging powers. The British Council’s Researcher Links initiative utilises the common ground of shared research interests to provide a forum for early career researchers from the UK and internationally to interact, learn from each other and explore opportunities for building long-lasting research collaborations.

The initiative comprises thematic research workshops and is co-funded by the British Council and partner organisations. Since 2013 an open call for Researcher Links workshops  is announced annually.


Researcher Links Workshops bring together early-career researchers from the UK and one of select partner countries which allows them to make international connections that can improve the quality of their research. Since 2013 more than 250 young researchers from Russia and the UK have taken part in six Researcher Links workshops.

In 2015 the British Council and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research are opening a new joint call for proposals to hold a Researcher Links workshop in Russia. The deadline for submitting proposals is July 13, 2015.

Please see detailed information on the Researcher Links workshop webpage.