Route 1: Academic and research appointments

Route 1 of the Global Talent visa is for individuals who have been appointed to an academic or research position at an approved UK higher education institution (HEI) or research institute where they:

1) have responsibility for academic, research or innovation leadership and development; or

2) direct or lead an individual or team in:

a) a research project or programme of work; or
b) an innovation project or programme of work

The list of eligible employer organisations under this route is set out below and was last updated on 1 December 2020.

The route is administered by the British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society and has replaced the Global Talent visa senior appointments route.

How do I know if I am eligible?

You will only be considered eligible for the academic and research appointments route if responsibility for academic, research or innovation leadership and development or for directing or leading an individual or team in a research or innovation project or programme of work is a significant function of the role you have been offered.

The ‘directs or leads’ category is for individuals whose role requires them to act independently in initiating, planning and managing a research or innovation project or programme of work without supervision. This is likely to make you ineligible if you are being appointed to an entry level postdoctoral research position.

The ‘academic, research or innovation leadership and development’ category is for individuals in leadership roles at a departmental, faculty or institutional level. Typical duties may include strategy development and delivery and overseeing the management of staff and resources.

You are encouraged to look at all endorsement options before making an application.

Note on GOV.UK endorsement application form

The GOV.UK endorsement application form still uses the term ‘senior academic or research position’ in relation to this route. The form is expected to be updated in the first half of 2021. In the meantime, you should select the ‘senior academic or research position’ fast-track option when completing your application.

Endorsement application

To apply for endorsement, you must select the relevant fast-track option on the Stage 1 (endorsement) application form and provide a statement of guarantee from the Director of Human Resources or equivalent at the appointing HEI or institute. It should be dated, signed and presented on headed paper and confirm that the recruitment process for your appointment met the following criteria as set out in Appendix Global Talent of the Immigration Rules:

  • the job was advertised and an open competition was held, or where it was not, an explanation as to why;
  • the applicant has accepted the job offer;
  • the job title and department in which the applicant will be based;
  • at least 2 references were received;
  • at least 3 academic representatives from the employing institution were on the interview panel;
  • at least 1 expert in the applicant’s field was on the interview panel OR at least 1 relevant expert independent of the employing institution was consulted before the job offer was made

You should not provide a copy of a contract as this will not contain all the required information. Please check carefully that your employing organisation appears on the list of eligible institutions and that your appointment meets the role eligibility criteria above. If you are being employed by an organisation not on the list, you may still be eligible to apply through one of the other routes. Your employing institution may provide you with additional guidance to support your application.

Institutions eligible under the academic and research appointments route

Higher education institutions (HEIs)

UK independent research organisations (IROs), research council institutes, and public sector research establishments (PSREs)

  • Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute
  • Alan Turing Institute
  • All NHS Trusts, Hospitals, Boards, Primary Care Trusts and GP Practices
  • Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA)
  • Anthony Nolan
  • Armagh Observatory
  • Arts Council England
  • Arts Council Wales
  • Atomic Weapons Establishment
  • Babraham Institute
  • Beatson Institute for Cancer Research
  • BirdLife International
  • British Film Institute
  • British Institute of International and Comparative Law
  • British Library
  • British Museum
  • British Trust for Ornithology
  • CAB International
  • Cadw
  • Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre
  • CCFE/UKAEA
  • Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult
  • Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture (Cefas)
  • CERN
  • Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs)
  • Clinical Practice Research Datalink (subsidiary of MHPRA)
  • Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult
  • Connected Places Catapult
  • Diamond Light Source Ltd
  • Digital Catapult
  • Earlham Institute
  • Earthwatch Institute
  • EMBL – European Bioinformatics Institute
  • Energy Systems Catapult
  • English Heritage
  • Environment Agency
  • European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)
  • FERA Science Ltd
  • Forest Research
  • Fraunhofer UK Research Ltd
  • Genomics England
  • Health and Safety Executive
  • Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL)
  • Health Data Research UK (HDR UK)
  • High Value Manufacturing Catapult
  • Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England
  • Historic Environment Scotland
  • Historic Royal Palaces
  • HR Wallingford Group Ltd
  • Hydrographics Office
  • Imperial War Museum
  • Institute of Development Studies
  • Institute of Fiscal Studies
  • Institute of Occupational Medicine
  • Intellectual Property Office
  • International Institute for Environment and Development
  • Isaac Newton Group
  • John Innes Centre
  • Joint Astronomy Centre
  • Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC)
  • Laboratory of the Government Chemist
  • London Institute of Mathematical Sciences (LIMS)
  • Marine Biological Association
  • Marine Management Organisation
  • Marine Scotland Science
  • Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (subsidiary of MHPRA)
  • Medicines Discovery Catapult
  • Moredun Research Institute
  • MRC Centre for Macaques
  • MRC Harwell Institute
  • MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
  • MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences
  • Museum of London Archaeology
  • National Archives
  • National Botanical Gardens of Wales
  • National Centre for Social Research
  • National Engineering Laboratory
  • National Galleries of Scotland
  • National Gallery
  • National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC)
  • National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (subsidiary of MHPRA)
  • National Institute of Agricultural Botany
  • National Institute of Economic and Social Research
  • National Institute of Health and Care Excellence
  • National Library of Scotland
  • National Library of Wales
  • National Maritime Museum
  • National Museum Wales
  • National Museums Liverpool
  • National Museums of Scotland
  • National Nuclear Laboratory
  • National Oceanography Centre
  • National Physical Laboratory
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Natural England
  • Natural History Museum
  • Natural Resources Wales
  • NERC British Antarctic Survey
  • NERC British Geological Survey
  • Nesta
  • Northern Ireland Environment Agency
  • Office of Health Economics (OHE)
  • Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
  • Ordnance Survey
  • Organic Research Centre
  • Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
  • Plymouth Marine Laboratory
  • Public Health England
  • Public Health Wales
  • Quadram Institute Bioscience
  • RAND Europe Community Interest Company
  • Rosalind Franklin Institute
  • Rothamsted Research
  • Royal Armouries
  • Royal Botanic Gardens – Edinburgh
  • Royal Botanic Gardens – Kew
  • Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales
  • Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
  • Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies
  • Satellite Applications Catapult
  • Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture
  • Science Museum Group
  • Scottish Association for Marine Sciences
  • Scottish Environment Protection Agency
  • Sightsavers
  • Sir Alistair Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science
  • Sir John Soane’s Museum
  • Sport England
  • Sports Council Wales
  • STFC Laboratories
  • Tate
  • Tavistock Institute of Human Relations
  • The Faraday Institution
  • The Francis Crick Institute
  • The James Hutton Institute
  • The Met Office
  • The National Trust
  • The Pirbright Institute
  • The Royal Institution of Great Britain
  • The Sainsbury Laboratory
  • The Square Kilometre Array Organisation (SKA)
  • The Welding Institute
  • Transport Research Laboratory Limited
  • UK Astronomy Technology Centre
  • UK Biobank
  • UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
  • UK Space Agency
  • Vaccines Manufacturing and Innovation Centre UK Ltd
  • Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD)
  • Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Wallace Collection
  • Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
  • World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC)
  • Young Foundation
  • Zoological Society of London, Institute of Zoology

This page was last updated on 12 February 2021

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