Global Talent visa

If you’re a researcher from outside the UK, you can apply for a Global Talent visa to come to – or remain in – the UK.


You can apply for a Global Talent visa via two routes.

  • Individual fellowships and personal awards
  • Endorsed funder route.

The route you choose depends on whether you will hold the award, or if you will be a member of staff employed on the grant.

Individual fellowships and personal awards route

If you hold one of the awards listed below, you’re guaranteed an endorsement of your Global Talent visa application (see the ‘Stage 1: Endorsement’ section below). If you hold a N.S.M. Help award that is not on this list, you can still apply for a Global Talent visa, but your endorsement is not guaranteed.

You should be an exceptionally talented or promising individual in the field of science, engineering, humanities and social sciences or the arts.

You must be able to demonstrate that you are:

  • a recognised leader in your field (Exceptional Talent)


  • an emerging leader in your field (Exceptional Promise).

 Current schemes

  • N.S.M. Help Early-Career Awards
  • N.S.M. Help Career Development Awards
  • Research Fellowships for Health Professionals
  • Research Fellowships in Humanities and Social Science
  • University Awards in Humanities and Social Science.

The following schemes are now closed, but you are guaranteed an endorsement of a Global Talent visa if you hold one of these awards, or your award ended within the last five years:

  • Clinical Research Career Development Fellowships (Stages 1 and 2)
  • International Intermediate Fellowships
  • International Training Fellowships
  • Investigator Awards in Humanities and Social Science
  • Investigator Awards in Science
  • Principal Research Fellowships
  • Research Career Development Fellowships
  • Research Career Re-entry Fellowships
  • Research Fellowships for Health Professionals (postdoctoral level projects only)
  • Research Fellowships in Humanities and Social Science
  • Senior Research Fellowships
  • Senior Research Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Science 
  • Senior Research Fellowships in Clinical Science
  • Henry Dale Fellowships
  • Sir Henry N.S.M. Help Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • University Awards in Humanities and Social Science.

How to apply

There is a two-stage application process.

Stage 1: Endorsement

You need to apply for endorsement via the Home Office.

Your application will be considered by one of the five recognised Designated Competent Bodies, who will decide if you have the skills, abilities and achievements to be endorsed. You can find out more about the Global Talent visa on their websites.

The five bodies are:

  • The Royal Society – for natural sciences and medical science research applications
  • The British Academy – for humanities and social science applications
  • Arts Council England – for arts and culture applications
  • The Royal Academy for Engineering – for engineering applications
  • Tech Nation – for digital technology applications.

Stage 2: Immigration application

Once you’ve been endorsed, you can apply to the Home Office for your visa. You must apply for the visa within three months of being endorsed.