North America

Links with the United States of America

Since 2009, the University of Liverpool has had a strategic partnership with the University of Georgia, Athens (UGA) Over the years this has strenghthend considerably with a number of programmes in places to support staff and student mobility across the three Faculties.

Details of the programmes are listed below:

Staff Mobility Programmes



UoL-UGA Faculty Research Exchange

Faculty Research Exchange UGA UoL 18-19

The UGA-UoL Short-Term Faculty Exchange program was launched in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences in 2012 in order to further enhance the international research profiles of both universities. Due to the success of this program, it was expanded as a University- wide initiative by the UGA Office of International Education in 2017.

The purpose of the UGA-UoL Faculty Exchange is to facilitate collaborations between the institutions that will result in additional external fudning and the generation of high quality scholarly output. With UGA-UoL Exchange funds, academics  are encourgaged to share, apply, develop, or fine-tune  a joint research agenda while meeting with interested colleagues in the respective school or college to discuss longer term research collaborations. Faculty must also deliver lectures on their research at each institution.

Many notable projects have arisen from the new faculty research exchange program. Some of these projects include:

  • Jessica Kissinger (UGA) and Christiane Hertz-Fowler (UoL): Bioinformatics database development. This collaboration resulted in a $2.3M grant in 2015 from the Wellcome Trust.
  • David Okech (UGA) and Alex Balch (UoL): Human trafficking research. The team received a $4m state department grant.
  • Javad Velni (UGA) and PAolo Paoletti (UoL0: Swarm control robotics and intelligent algorithms. the team is now pursuing National Science Foundation and U.S Department of Energy grants.
  • Ben Elhers (UGA) and Stephen Kenny (UoL); Slavery and the 19th-century Atlantic economy. The team is currently constructing a historical databse of Atlantic shipping.

Franklin International Faculty Exchange (FIFE) 


Staff exchange for 1 week on a bilateral basis with a counterpart from UGA. 

UoL- UGA Research Pump Priming Programme 


The two institutions are offering pump-priming grants to incentivise and catalyse research colloborations between the two institutions and encourage joint applications 

Franklin Morris International Scholars Programme

A member of UoL academic staff spends 4 weeks at UGA and delivers a summer school class.  There is also the opportunity for 1 member of UoL staff to teach at UGA over summer. Past participants in this scheme have gained significantly from the experience.

Student Mobility Programme

1. To support a short term exchange of PGR students (3-5 PGR students on both sides participate each year).  

2. A small number of undergraduate students are exchange each year in an agreement managed by the Study Abroad Team; Discussions are taking place to develop further opportunities for Liverpool students to spend time at UGA (shorter placements/ summer opportunities etc.)

Student Exchange



UGA Franklin College-University of Liverpool

Doctoral Student Short-Term International Research Fellowship

UGA-UoL Application form for Doctoral Student Scheme 2019

UGA UoL doctoral student guidelines

The week-long Franklin College- University of Liverpool Doctoral Student Short-Term International Research Fellowship is open to Ph.D. students in any discipline in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.

Through this Fellowship program, students will have the opportunity to conduct research, offer a public lecture, amd meet with faculty and graduate students in order to develop an international network of research contacts.

 This is a one week exchange.

Useful links for collaboration with the US