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.

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 one call for applications ending at 2pm on 30th November 2017. Following calls will be under the Global Research Initiator Scheme.

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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 December 2017.

Miss Peipei Chen

Miss Peipei Chen - Social Human and Mathematical Sciences  Creative practitioners' relocation to rural areas in Zhejiang province, China.' - Key words: rural-urban migration, creative practices, and decline.

This research aims to explore how culture-related rural regeneration policies have evolved and to what extent they are attracting creative practitioners; to examine creative practitioners’ motivations and their creative practices in villages; to assess the economic, social and cultural impacts of creative practices on long-term residents.

Dr Michael Head

Dr Michael Head - Medicine 'Identifying the key factors influencing risk factors for pneumonia in Ghana' - Key words: vulnerable populations, pneumonia, and high mortality.

Pneumonia is a high-burden disease. I will collaborate with the University of Ghana, associated teaching hospitals and a rural health centre to review patient notes to identify local risk factors for pneumonia-associated morbidity and mortality.Findings will be made available to the Ministry of Health for review of their clinical guidance.

Mr Alistar Monteath

Mr Alistar Monteath - Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences 'Using volcanic ash to investigate palaeoclimate in Atlantic Canada' - Keywords: palaeoclimate, cryptotephra and environmental

In Atlantic Canada cryptotephra deposits (volcanic ash) from volcanoes in the Pacific north-west provide a means to synchronize palaeoclimate records. However, to robustly correlate cryptotephras issues of instrumental variability must be removed. We aim to geochemically characterise cryptotephra deposits from Atlantic Canada, alongside reference samples, to provide robust regional isochrons.

Miss Shibei Ni

Miss Shibei Ni - Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences 'From One-child to Two-child: The Once-child Generation’s Choice?' - Keywords: population policy, fertility and one-child.

This project will apply mixed-methods to investigate the factors influencing fertility decision processes of China's one child generation cohort, within the context of recently introduced two-child policy.  The results will generate new evidence of young adults' response to China's new population strategy and will inform future policy decisions and programme interventions.

Dr Ruben Pengelly

Dr Milan Milosevic - Medicine 'Quantifying and predicting variance in linkage disequilibrium mapping for the detection of genomic selection' - Keywords: genetic linkage disequilibrium, genome and LD mapping.

Linkage disequilibrium is a signature in a population’s genome which allows us to investigate evolutionary pressures which have acted upon the population. We plan to optimise tools for this, and test them on several agricultural species. Detection of selection is an invaluable method on medical and agricultural genetic research.

Dr Faisal Rezwan

Dr Faisal Rezwan - Medicine 'Effect of paternal smoking on offspring methylation and its long-term effect on offspring health' - Keywords: DNA, Methylation and smoking pregnancy.

Mothers’ smoking during pregnancy increases asthma risk in their offspring. Intriguingly, there is evidence that fathers’ smoking before conception may influence their offspring’s health through transmittable epigenetic changes. We will assess fathers’ smoking is associated with changes in their offspring’s epigenome and health outcomes of the child.

Dr Eleanor Wilkinson

Dr Eleanor Wilkinson - Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences 'Single life and couple culture: An interdisciplinary study' - Keywords: single, coupledom, culture and policy.

This project builds upon previously collected interview-based data into the lives of those who are single. The central question this project seeks to address is whether coupledom is still upheld as an unquestionable good in both popular culture and policy. The research will result in two new chapters for a sole-authored monograph.

Current Projects

Dr David Cleary

Dr David Cleary - 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.

Dr Nathaniel Lewis

Dr Nathaniel Lewis - 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 - 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.

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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