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 Bergen, Norway
University of Cape Town, RSA
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Maastricht University, Netherlands
National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
Renmin University of China, China
Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil
University of Ghana, Ghana
University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
University of Nairobi, Kenya
University of Rochester, USA
University of Sydney, Australia
University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
University of Zhejiang, China

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 2017-18 we will run two calls for applications ending at 2pm on 30th November 2017 and 15th March 2018.

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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 March 2017.

Dr David Cleary

Dr David Cleary - Faculty of Medicine 'Application of phylogenomic analyses to understand the epidemiology of Haemophilus influenzae in Hong Kong.' - Key words: genomics, infection and epidemiology.

Respiratory tract infections from Haemophilus influenzae remain a significant global burden for morbidity and mortality. Increasing antimicrobial resistance renders this challenge even greater. This project aims to utilise extant collections of this exclusively human bacterial pathogen, isolated from cases of chronic lung disease, in order to comparatively determine its genomic epidemiology in South-East Asia from both a regional and global context.

Mr Rob Joy

Mr Rob Joy - Faculty of Humanities 'British Agricultural Officials who 'stayed on' at independence in East Africa, 1950 - 1970' - Keywords: Africa, decolonisation and officials.

My thesis looks at the experiences and attitudes of British Agricultural Officers who 'stayed on' in East Africa after independence. Looking at AO's role in the late Colonial/Early Independent Governments reveals more about late colonial identity, attitudes to decolonisation and the perception of Africans by officials in this era.

Dr Nathaniel Lewis

Dr Nathaniel Lewis - Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences 'Contextual determinants of LGBT wellbeing: a cross-atlantic perspective' - Keywords: wellbeing, LGBT and secondary data analysis.

This project investigates contextual determinants of wellbeing for LGBT people in the UK and USA, using secondary data from comparable health and social surveys. The analyses will account for both LGBT-heterosexual wellbeing disparities and area-level correlates of LGBT wellbeing outcomes, focusing on three key areas of comparison: wage and employment, mental health and wellbeing and HIV/sexual health.

Mr Kyle Mayers

Mr Kyle Mayers - Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences 'Molecular characterisation of ciliate grazing' - Keywords: genomics, ciliates and grazing.

Ciliates are single-celled microzooplankton which play key top-down (grazer) and bottom up (prey) roles in the marine microbial food web and global carbon cycle. We will use molecular tools to characterise prey selectivity of ciliates on different phytoplankton species to gain further insights into their ecological and biogeochemical roles.

Dr Milan Milosevic

Dr Milan Milosevic - Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering 'Hyperuniform disordered devices for silicon photonics' - Keywords: hyperuniform disordered structures, silicon photonics and optical interconnects.

This proposal investigates an entirely new platform for integrated photonics characterised by hyperuniform disorder - a pattern of an unusual arrangement of cells as in a chickens eye. The outcome is envisioned to provide a low-cost solution for short reach interconnects particularly for applications in the information and communication sector.

Current Projects

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.

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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