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.
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 Wellcome 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:
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 12 months:
There is a two-stage application process.
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:
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.
Wellcome is a recognised endorsed funder.
You can apply via this route if you are named, or are appointed to a named role on a Wellcome research award that has a:
You will need to:
The endorsed funder route is administered by UKRI. You should contact UKRI for more information on the application criteria and how to apply.
The changed criteria are:
The application process remains unchanged. See the UKRI website for more information.
A Global Talent visa offers you more flexibility than other UK immigration routes. You:
You may be able to switch to a Global Talent visa if you’re already in the UK on a different type of visa.