In order to attract overseas researchers to the nation, the UK has announced a fund of 100 million pounds even as it prepares to exit from the EU. Jo Johnson the UK Universities Minister has announced the Ernest Rutherford Fund that will offer fellowships to overseas researchers. The fellowships will be available for senior researchers who are highly skilled from emerging powerhouses for research like India, Brazil, China, and Mexico.
Jo Johnson said that the fund aims to attract the best and brightest overseas researchers to the UK even as the country leaves the EU. This initiative will assist the UK to keep up its global position as a leader in research and science, added Johnson, as quoted by the Times Higher Education.
The UK Universities Minister said that the Nobel laureate and nuclear physicist Ernest Rutherford had arrived at the UK as an overseas immigrant. Thus the fund is named after him that exemplifies the vision of the UK to remain open to best ideas and minds in the world. This initiative is the flagship universal program to appeal to overseas researchers and the make the world a better place to live in, elaborated Johnson.
The Ernest Rutherford Fund will give out a strong message that in spite of the exit from the EU, the UK will welcome overseas talents. This reinstates the goal to make the UK the lead nation for discovery and innovation, explained the Universities Minister Jo Johnson.
The initiative to attract overseas researchers by the UK comes even as the global race to retain and attract overseas talents is accentuated by France. Emmanuel Macron the President of France launched a website welcoming overseas scientists to apply for French funding for research. He offered lucrative grants each worth 1.3 million pounds over spread over a period of 4 years.
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