Route 3: Endorsed funders

Route 3 of the Global Talent visa is for researchers and specialists whose name or job title is specified in a successful grant application from an endorsed funder approved by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

A list of endorsed funders and eligible organisations is available on GOV.UK.

If you are a UK or international funding organisation and interested in applying for endorsed funder status, please contact globaltalentvisa@ukri.org for an initial conversation on criteria and assurance requirements.

To apply for endorsement, you must select the relevant fast-track option on the Stage 1 (endorsement) application form and provide:

1. A copy of the grant award letter(s) that support your work. The letter must confirm that:

  • The grant or award is worth a minimum of £30,000.
  • The grant or award covers a minimum period of 2 years.

2. A statement of guarantee from the Director of Human Resources or equivalent from an eligible research organisation. This letter should be on headed paper and dated and confirm in detail that:

You should not provide a copy of a contract as this will not contain all of the required information. Your employing institution may provide you with additional guidance to support your application.

Full application guidance is available on GOV.UK.

For further information, contact globaltalentvisa@ukri.org.

Page last updated: 7 January 2022

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