Overseas Institutional Visits

The purpose of the Overseas Institutional Visits (OIV) scheme is to support international academic networking and engagement by ESRC funded doctoral students. It offers the opportunity to establish research networks, to disseminate early research findings, to participate in seminars and other academic activities that are directly relevant to their research, or to undertake specialist research training that is not available within the UK.

The DTP would normally have set deadlines throughout the year by which you would need to apply which are published on the DTP website. However the process has been temporarily suspended due to the uncertainties related to the pandemic. For 2021-22, applications will be dealt with on an ad-hoc basis as opportunities arise until further notice.

We recommend you apply to the DTP Office at your home institution approximately 3 months before the proposed activity to ensure time for consideration and to give yourself plenty of planning time (if you have concerns about meeting this timeframe, please contact your local DTP office). Applications received within 3 months of the intended activity will be reviewed in exceptional circumstances and for applications we receive within 1 month we may not be able review or provide support for the activity. 

Please ensure you read the guidelines for further details on the scheme and applying for support.

As per ESRC guidelines, the DTP is not permitted to fund any travel (or associated costs) to areas or countries the UK Government or Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against visiting. For the purposes of Covid-19 travel guidance, non-essential travel includes OIVs, placements, training and conferences.


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