The University of Southampton

Research Mobility Programme

The Research Mobility Programme (RMP) offers early career researchers (PGRs, postdocs and junior faculty members) the opportunity to visit one of the international WUN (Worldwide Universities Network) partners in Europe, Americas, China, South East Asia and Australasia to establish and cultivate research links at an institutional and individual level.

Research Mobility Programme

Since the programme began in 2001, Southampton alone has made over 100 awards and many former awardees credit the programme with having had a significant impact on their research and on their career development in an international context. One recent awardee described their visit as the ‘best decision of [his] PhD’ and another as a ‘tremendous opportunity’.

You can watch a video recording of the RMP briefing held on Monday 13th October 2014 below.

Key facts

List of partner institutions

The Research Mobility Programme funds early career researchers (senior PGRs, postdocs and junior faculty members) to visit one of the international Worldwide Universities Network partners:

University of Alberta, Canada
University of Auckland, New Zealand
University of Basel, Switzerland
University of Bergen, Norway
University of Cape Town, RSA
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Maastricht University, Netherlands
University of Ghana, Ghana
University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
University of Rochester, USA
University of Sydney, Australia
University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
University of Zhejiang, China
Renmin University of China, China
National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
University of Nairobi, Kenya

If you would like to visit a different University, please consider other funding opportunities.

Who can apply?

Awards are on offer to postgraduate research (MPhil/PhD) students, postdoctoral fellows and Early Career's Researchers (ECR's) (academic members of staff whom are within 10 years of completing their PhD as defined within Athena Swan). You will need to contact us to discuss your application if you are in your nominal or third year of your PhD, as an award will not be made it may negatively impact a candidate's ability to complete their thesis.
Staff who have previously been successful in securing another WUN Fund support are eligible to apply for funds for an entirely different project after two years from the first award.


For the academic year 2016-17 we will run two calls for applications ending at 2pm on 30 November 2016 and 15 March 2017.

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Where to submit the proposals

Please visit our website to download the application form and application guidelines.

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Successful projects November 2016.

Miss Ada Antypiuk

Miss Ada Antypiuk - Faculty of Medicine 'Role of metabolome on regulating human embryonic stem cell pluripotency' - Keywords: human embryonic stem cells, pluripotency, metabolic regulation.

I will undertake research at the Chinese University of Hong Kong to determine the effect of environmental oxygen on the metabolome of human embryonic stem cells (hESC's). The project is timely since it will unravel novel mechanisms through which metabolism can regulate gene transcription in hESC's.

Ms Roxana Aldea

Ms Roxana Aldea - Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences 'Modelling and imaging neurovascular coupling in the brain: a step towards understanding dementia.' - Keywords: dementia, neurovascular coupling, brain imaging.

Novel modelling and imaging techniques will be developed in collaboration with Auckland Bioengineering Institute aiming to investigate the coupling between brain activity and brain clearance of metabolites. This study is relevant for Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia, caused by failed clearance of toxic metabolites in the brain.

Dr Sandra Nogue Bosch

Dr Sandra Nogue Bosch - Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Science 'Building and island palaeodatabase: from fossil pollen and ancient DNA to conservation' - Keywords: palaeoecology, aDNA, pollen.

The discovery and colonization of islands by humans has invariably resulted in their widespread ecological transformation. We aim to build a database of palaeocological data (eg fossil pollen and ancient DNA) to set biodiversity baselines before and after human impacts that will be helpful for the long-term conservation of island ecosystems.

Dr Marcin Przewloka

Dr Marcin Przewloka - Faculty of Natural and Environmental Science 'Advanced microscopical analysis of chromosome components during cell division' - Keywords: chromosome, kinetochore, microscopy.

Proper attachment of chromosomes to microtubules of the mitotic spindle is a prerequisite of the correct transmission of genetic material to daughter cells. Kinetochores, multi-protein chromosomal structure, are responsible for this process. Here I will analyse by time lapse and super resolution microscopy major regulatory components of kinetochores in living cells.

Ms Marla Spencer

Ms Marla Spencer - Faculty of Natural and Environmental Science ' Mophological and moleculra taxonomic approaches to study of phoxocephalid Amphipods in the West African deep-sea' - Keywords: taxonomy, barcoding, amphipoda.

Phoxocephalid amphipods are highly speciose and abundant in deep-sea sediments globally. Species identity is critical to understand mechanisms driving observed biodiversity patterns and to assess community change. DNA barcoding and traditional morphological taxonomic approaches will be used in combination to create a robust library of species in the poorly known West African Margin.

Miss Joanna Wilkin

Miss Joanna Wilkin - Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences 'Understanding the role of community structures for resilience during disaster events: the potential of geography and GIS' - Keywords: GIS, community structures, disasters.

Developing a data-led geographical approach to understand how community structures change during a disaster. Strong social networks are vital for resilience to disasters and communities are often the immediate source of these networks. The aim is to quantify these networks and structures, comparing them with the communities aptitude for recovery.

Current Projects

Dr Matthew Barr


Dr Matthew Barr - Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Science - Politics and International Relations: 'Post-war policy planning impacts on causes of civil violence: Iraq, insurgency and rise of ISIS' Host University: University of Auckland

Building upon my PhD research about how path dependence effected the construction of post-war planning for Iraq, the proposed research looks at how these path dependent effects then impacted in how policy was implemented in post-war Iraq and how this related to the rise of civil violence and terrorism.



Dr John Boswell


Dr John Boswell - Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Science - Politics and International Relations: 'Cure-all or placebo? The promises and perils of institutionalizing preventative health.' Host University: University of Auckland

Traditionally, health services have been 'sickness services'. Now, the 'epidemic' of lifestyle disease has policymakers looking towards upstream prevention. England, Australia and NZ recently established arms-length bodies dedicated to preventative health. But has institutionalization solved the problem? This project investigates the challenges of institutionalizing preventative health in practise.



Miss Wang Ning


Miss Wang Ning - Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences - Gerontology: 'Social change and family support in China - a study of China's 1940 - 1960 cohorts from a life course perspective' Host University: Zhejiang University

This research uses mixed methods to investigate the impacts of social and demographic change on family support amongst three cohorts of chinese elders, born in the 1940's, 1950's and 1960's. The results will shed light the future old-age family support situations and inform reform of social support system in China.



Ms Melanie Siegburg


Ms Melanie Siegburg - Ocean and Earth Sciences: 'Tectono-magmatic activity at Boset volcanic complex in Main Ethiopian Rift.' Host University: University of Bergen

My PhD project in East Africa is about how volcanoes form and evolve in areas where tectonic plates drift apart. Specifically, I am completing a detailed geological-structural map and analysing the tectonic movement and geochemistry of lava flows. Results will inform us about past activity and allow the assessment of potential future hazards.



Dr Alan Smith


Dr Alan Smith - Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences - Geography and the Environment: 'Spatiotemporal population modelling in Western Australia.' Host University: University of Western Australia

This project aims to assess the extent to which time-specific population estimated can be developed within an Australian context. It will focus on the application of the Population 24/7 modelling tool, originally developed and applied in the UK. This will be the first international application to test the models framework.



Find out more about completed projects since 2006.

Incoming faculty and student visitors

The University of Southampton is pleased to host incoming Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) visiting research students and faculty members under the Research Mobility Programme.

If you are a student or a researcher at a WUN member institution and are interested in visiting Southampton, you may be able apply to WUN at your home institution for research mobility support. In addition, you would need to:

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