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Strategic Partnerships Office


The Strategic Partnerships Office oversees a number of research partnerships and initiatives with universities around the world. Here you can find out details of how to apply to be part of funding calls and exchange programmes. Information about the different institutional relationships overseen by the Strategic Partnerships Office can be found on the Global Cambridge page.


Funding Calls and Forthcoming Events

Cambridge – UTokyo Joint Symposium 

The University of Cambridge and the University of Tokyo enjoy a long-standing and continuing partnership with cross-disciplinary links and collaborations. The Fifth Cambridge-UTokyo Joint Symposium "UTokyo-Cambridge Voices" was be held online in 2020, as a series of dialogue sessions between academics of the two institutions. More information can be found on the website of the event ( For enquiries, please contact Jingchen Hou ( 


Tsinghua University - Cambridge University Joint Research Initiative

In 2019 Tsinghua University and the University of Cambridge established the Tsinghua - Cambridge Joint Research Initiative Fund, a five-year initiative to strengthen research collaborations between academics in the two institutions ( The initiative reflects the commitment of both universities to work together on addressing global challenges, such as climate change, food security or infectious diseases. In its first call in the fall of 2019 the initiative supported 13 currently ongoing projects within the broad theme of sustainability and future emerging technologies.

Extraordinary call for proposals in response to the Covid-19 pandemic - submission deadline extended to 31 August

The initiative is now issuing an extraordinary funding call for a number of collaborative projects between academic groups at the two universities that are seeking to address urgent challenges in relation to the Covid-19 global health emergency. The pandemic requires a strong, collaborative international response and the open sharing of experience gained in tackling it. Projects can address any aspect of the Covid-19 emergency, though priority will be given to projects with potential impact on a short to medium-term timescale and that demonstrate strong collaboration between the two institutions. We envisage making 3-8 awards and project costs should not exceed £12.5k for the Cambridge partners and RMB125k for the Tsinghua partners for a project duration of not more than 12 months. Each research proposal must be jointly prepared by PIs from both institutions and each PI must submit an application in English and Chinese, respectively, on the provided application form to his/her own institution by the deadline.

Two projects have already been funded under this extraordinary call. However, we are aware that not all interested researchers were able to submit proposals due to the short timescale for the submission of proposals. Therefore, the submission deadline has been extended to Monday, 31st August 2020, 5:00pm local time

Covid-19 Extraordinary Call for Proposals Form - 2nd Closing




Administrator Skills and Knowledge Exchange

The Strategic Partnerships Office, supported by the Global Challenges Research Fund - Quality Related internal funding scheme and in collaboration with several partners in sub-Saharan Africa, is piloting an administrator skills and knowledge exchange scheme. We are asking for expressions of interest from members of the Professional Services Staff in Cambridge and the agreed partner institution(s) who would like to participate. From this pool, the institutions will identify particular areas of work where collaborative engagement could bring mutual benefit, and groups will be organised with a partner institution around these topics. Together, each group will engage in benchmarking exercises and other activities over the following 17 months to facilitate the exchange of good practice to the collective benefit of all partners. We anticipate that travel will be a key component of this programme, and participants in each group should expect to travel to partner sites at least once in each direction. For further information or to express interest, please contact Jon Sudholt at

Please note the following:

  • Participation will require line management support
  • Topics and participants will be selected in dialogue with our partners according to the best fit with each institution’s interests. However, due to the source of funds and the need for strict ODA compliance, participation in the scheme will be decided in a way to ensure that the activities are of primary benefit to the partner institutions


Cambridge-Hamied Visiting Lecture Scheme

The Cambridge-Hamied Visiting Lecture Scheme was established in 2009 to stimulate exchange of ideas and academic collaboration between leading Indian institutions and the University of Cambridge.  It is named after Dr Yusuf Hamied, former Chair of Cipla Ltd, alumnus of the Department of Chemistry in Cambridge, and generous donor to the University and to Christ’s College.

Each year the scheme gives financial support to senior scholars wishing to visit and work with colleagues in Cambridge or in India, with a view to enhancing existing academic collaborations and laying the foundations for new ones.  Cambridge researchers, in addition to meeting counterparts in their Indian host institution, are able to visit other organisations and research centres with which they share academic interests.

Principal aims

The principal aims of the scheme are:

  • to strengthen academic collaborations between Cambridge and India
  • to support research and associated activities that will be of practical benefit to the University and to Indian institutions
  • to stimulate and facilitate two-way mobility between researchers in Cambridge and India
  • if feasible, to liaise with groups of Cambridge alumni in meetings and speaking engagements


  • you must be either a current member of academic staff at the University of Cambridge who has active collaborations with Indian partners in areas of research that will be of practical benefit to India, or a current member of academic staff at an Indian university or research institution who has active collaborations with colleagues at the University of Cambridge
  • your application must be endorsed by the relevant Heads of Faculty/Department in both your home institution and in the institution you plan to visit
  • the visit will be of minimum 1-2 weeks’ duration and maximum 3 months*
  • you may only submit one application per calendar year*

* these conditions may be relaxed under particular circumstances


  1. there is no fixed deadline for applications, which may be submitted at any time
  2. complete the application form: Cambridge-Hamied Visiting Lecture Scheme application form
  3. send to, accompanied by your CV (maximum 2 pages), in a single email with the subject header ‘Cambridge-Hamied Application your name’
  4. the application will be reviewed and, if it is successful, you will be sent email confirmation including the maximum level of funding awarded
  5. you are responsible for paying all costs up-front, subject to reimbursement from the Cambridge-Hamied Visiting Lecture Scheme*
  6. after your visit, send an expenses claim, together with copies of relevant invoices/receipts, and a report on your visit
  7. you will then be reimbursed for up to the maximum level of funding awarded

* In exceptional cases, a large item of expenditure may be reimbursed at the start of your visit


All or some of the following items may be funded:

  • return airfare (economy) between the UK and India – repayable in full if claim is accompanied by invoice/receipt
  • local travel between airport and the institution you are visiting - repayable in full if claim is accompanied by invoice/receipt
  • visa fee - repayable in full if claim is accompanied by invoice/receipt
  • accommodation - repayable in part or in full if claim is accompanied by invoice/receipt*
  • subsistence – payable at a weekly rate of £250 or pro rata (no invoice/receipt required)

* if the total anticipated accommodation cost is exceptionally high, the Scheme retains the right to pay part of the total cost.  If you choose to stay in private accommodation, no reimbursement will be made

Other items will only be considered for funding in exceptional circumstances.  Please contact with any queries. 

The Strategic Partnerships Office retains the right to offer a maximum level of funding that is lower than the anticipated full cost of the visit, in the interests of maintaining the viability of the Cambridge-Hamied Visiting Lecture Scheme for future exchange visits.



Cambridge-Canterbury Exchange

The University of Cambridge and the University of Canterbury, New Zealand have a reciprocal programme for academic visitors, the Cambridge-Canterbury Exchange Programme. Up to two visiting fellowships may be awarded for next year, in any academic subject.

The programme is currently on hold, due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in both Canterbury and Cambridge, and continuing uncertainties about international travel.  At present no new applications are invited for visits between Canterbury and Cambridge in 2021-22.

Further information will be posted here when the programme reopens. Further information can be found on the University of Canterbury’s website.

The following documents for the 2021-22 programme are provided for reference:

Information for staff (pdf)

Application form (Word document for completion)