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Visiting Researchers in LIFD

LIFD Visiting Fellows

Our LIFD Visiting Fellows scheme aims to attract distinguished scholars from around the world to work with LIFD. Fellows are normally invited to spend between one and three months at the University of Leeds; longer stays may also be possible subject to funding. Fellows will have full library access and IT support, office space in one of our Schools and will be able to access suitable Laboratories and High Performance Computing to support their research. We expect Fellows to deliver an LIFD colloquia talk and we encourage visitors to proactively engage with our postgraduate students and wider LIFD research activity during their stay.

We invite applications for LIFD Visiting Fellows at three career stages:

  • Prize Fellows are finishing PhD students or early postdoctoral researchers. Prize fellowships are awarded to outstanding candidates to enable the translation of research into publishable material or the initiation of collaboration with members of LIFD.
  • Junior Fellows are early career researchers- experienced postdoctoral researchers or academic staff in their first permanent role as a lecturer/assistant professor;
  • Senior Fellows are established researchers, normally associate or full professors with a strong track record of independent research.

We also welcome applications from potential fellows in a research and development role in industry or other external organisation.

Applicants are required to submit a CV and complete a short application form indicating their planned research activity while visiting LIFD and the expected benefits and potential future collaboration following their visit. Applicants should also provide a letter of support from their academic host within LIFD. Fellows are offered assistance with expenses to a maximum of £3,000. Please send all queries and applications to

  • For applicants wishing to visit between 1st April 2024 and 31st July 2024, the deadline is 29th February 2024 and decisions will be made early March 2024.

LIFD Ukrainian mobility fund

There is an opportunity for the LIFD to support Ukrainian scholars and students affected by the war. Visiting academics, industrialists and students are an important part of the LIFD research and education strategies as they bring collaborations, funding and increased reputation.

The LIFD is therefore launching the Ukrainian mobility fund.

Visitors will have full library access and IT support, office space in one of our Schools and will be able to access suitable Laboratories and High Performance Computing to support their research.

The LIFD is therefore launching the Ukrainian mobility fund. This document sets out the LIFD approaches for bringing researchers from Ukraine to the institute, and School/Faculty/University processes which need to be followed. The document also gives some information on costs and visa considerations.

If you have any questions, email

Please share this opportunity with your international fluid dynamics community. More details are also available on the #ScienceForUkraine website.

Visiting Scholars

Our visiting scholars scheme is a flexible programme open to academics, postdoctoral researchers and PhD students from anywhere in the world. A visit can be from 2 weeks up to 12 months and we encourage applications from established and early career scholars. Our visiting scholars participate in our academic life as much as possible, for example, engaging in discussions or joint projects. We would normally expect visitors to present their research within LIFD or school seminar programmes.

All visiting scholar applications are made in conjunction with an appropriate academic host at the University of Leeds, and approval is given by their host school. Application normally requires a CV and completion of a visiting scholar form. However, this requirement may vary by School. Applicants who are PhD students may also need to provide evidence of English language ability.

Visiting scholars are unfunded positions, and visitors are expected to show that they have sufficient funds to cover their visit and the research they wish to carry out. This may be arranged in collaboration with your host at Leeds if appropriate.

Why come to Leeds

LIFD is a cross-disciplinary research institute bringing together the expertise of over 200 members of staff, postdoctoral researchers and PhD students with teaching and research interests in fluid dynamics. We provide a hub to facilitate world-leading research and education in fluid dynamics and to bring interdisciplinary perspectives to complex flow challenges. LIFD offers world-leading expertise and facilities across 12 Schools in 4 Faculties, covering the breadth of Fluid Dynamics from fundamental physics to real-world application. We have excellent High Performance Computing facilities and laboratories ranging from microfluidics to large scale medical imaging and environmental flow measurement.

Leeds is one of the largest Universities in the UK with over 38,000 students and 8,700 staff. Our students and staff come from more than 170 countries, and we have a global network of alumni. We have a global reputation for our teaching and research, and are currently ranked in the top 100 in the QS World University Rankings 2020. We are a member of the Russell Group of Research Intensive Universities in the UK and we are a member of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN). The University of Leeds campus is only a 10 minute walk from Leeds city centre, offering a diverse range of cultural and social activities.

Find out more

For all enquiries about visiting researcher opportunities please contact