Visiting Speakers to the UK - Scheme 2

Objectives: To provide partial support for a visitor to the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, who will give lectures in at least three separate institutions.

Please note that only one grant, per Scheme, per person, per LMS financial year (1 August - 31 July) is allowed.


  • The applicant is the host of the visit, who should be a mathematician based in the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands at the time of application and when the visit is planned. Please note that should a grant holder leave the UK before the planned visit then the grant will be withdrawn. 
  • Please note that PhD students are not eligible to apply for a Visiting Speakers to the UK grant but can apply to the LMS ECR Travel Grant Scheme to support collaborative research visits.
  • Non LMS members will need to ask an LMS member to counter-sign their application.


  • Applicants are responsible for making all the arrangements for the visit.
  • Normally, provisional bookings for the lectures should already have been made by the time of the application.
  • The grant is only intended as a partial contribution, and applicants are expected to approach the host institutions for funding to cover the remainder of the costs.

Value of award:  The maximum award is £1,500 towards actual expenses for:

  • Travel (international and within the UK)
  • Accommodation and subsistence (up to a maximum of £1,000 - with a limit of £120 per day).
  • In addition, the Society allows a further amount (of up to £200) to cover Caring Costs for those who have dependents.

The life of an LMS Grant is two financial years (1 August - 31 July). All awarded grants need to be claimed no later than the 31 July in the second year of the grant, i.e., if a grant is awarded in the 2023/24 financial year, the grant will need to be claimed by the 31 July 2026. Any grants that have not been claimed within the two-year period will be withdrawn.

Deadlines and decision timetable:

Applications should be submitted well in advance of the date of the visit.

Application Deadline

Decision Date

Earliest Start Date of Visit

15 September



22 January

February / March


15 May



  • Please note that applications will not be considered between mid-June and mid-October.
  • Grants will not be made retrospectively.

Queries regarding applications can be addressed to the Grants Administrator or the Chair of the Research Grants Committee (RGC), who will be pleased to discuss proposals informally with potential applicants and give advice on the submission of an application.

Grants Administrator:  Lucy Covington Email:

Chair of the Research Grants Commitee (RGC)Professor Amanda Turner

Application Form:

To submit an application, you must be logged into your user account or registered as a user.

Other sources of funding:

Information about other funding offered by other organisations can be found here.

LMS Caring Costs Policy 

The LMS wishes to enable carers and parents to take part in the activities that it supports. Applicants for grants across Schemes 1-9, for Early Career Research activities or who will run Society Meetings can request funding to help mathematicians with caring or parenting responsibilities to participate in their activities. In addition, individuals requiring support for caring to attend conferences, workshops, research schools and meetings or to make research visits - not necessarily organised by LMS - can apply for a Caring Supplementary Grant to contribute to such costs.   

The Policy is available here


“With the support of the LMS, we arranged a fruitful visit to Durham, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Our visitor gave three lectures and had research discussions with many colleagues. Three research projects have been initiated! this is a good scheme, and I applied many times, with only one application being turned down. Easy to apply, easy to communicate, easy to report.” Prof. Sergey Foss, Heriot-Watt

"Over the recent years, I have greatly benefited from the LMS research funding via Scheme 2 and Scheme 4 grants. In particular, visits to my collaborator (funded by Scheme 4 grants) made it possible to move forward in several joint research projects. Among them there is one we are particularly proud about, concerning the ongoing quest for super analog of cluster algebras. The general notion is still out of reach in spite of efforts by many experts; however, we have managed to make a substantial advance by constructing a super analog of the classical Pluecker map and putting forward a "super cluster" structure for super Grassmannians. This work has attracted attention and our joint paper was published in Selecta Math. in 2022. This achievement would not have been possible without the support from the LMS." – Dr Theodore Voronov, Manchester

“I am very grateful to the LMS for their support of my research through the award of Scheme 2 and 4 grants on several occasions. While the amounts may have been fairly modest, the impact these grants have had on my research has been substantial, as they have enabled me to invite or visit overseas collaborators to complete joint work and re-engage with my international research network following the pandemic. Furthermore, I have found that Scheme 2 provides an excellent opportunity to explore potential new collaborations by inviting suitable colleagues to visit the UK.

The application process is kept as simple as possible, clearly designed by mathematicians for mathematicians. I am therefore very happy to recommend the LMS research grant schemes to anyone with a possible project in mind”. – Professor Niels Laustsen, Lancaster