Global Talent Visa 2021

Closed 29 Oct 2021

Opened 27 Sep 2021


The Global Talent visa is an immigration route provided by the UK Government to provide a fast and efficient visa offer to those working in science and research. Under the scheme, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) can recognise other funding organisations as an ‘endorsed funder’. 

We are looking for nominations from research organisations and research and innovation funders in the UK, as well as international research funders that fund or co-fund work in the UK. 

Any researcher or specialist who is named or whose role is named on a grant from an endorsed funder can apply for the Global Talent visa, provided they meet certain conditions.

This round of nominations for new endorsed funders will close on Friday 29th October.  

Why your views matter

UKRI is seeking input on additional funding organisations that we should recognise as an endorsed funders under the Global Talent visa.

You can see the current list of endorsed funders here. 

We are looking to increase the number of endorsed funders to open up more opportunities for talented people to pursue their career ambitions in the UK’s research & innovation ecosystem.  

Please note that this nomination is the first step in the process to becoming an endorsed funder and does not confer any obligation on the part of UKRI to take an application further.

In order to become an endorsed funder, nominated funders will be required to complete additional due diligence, which will include questions about an organisation’s governance and internal controls, adherence to peer review principles, and financial stability.

Endorsed funders play no role in the visa process itself. When applying to UKRI for visa endorsement, researchers simply submit a copy of the grant award to confirm their eligibility for the scheme.

The Global Mobility team will be in touch with all funders that have been nominated by November 29th with information on the next steps for this process.


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