School of History, Art History and Philosophy

Visiting Fellows

The School of History, Arts History and Philosophy encourages all Departments and Research Centres to offer ‘Visiting’ appointments to researchers who will contribute to the intellectual life of the School.

Visiting Fellowships are open to all scholars who wish to spend time in the School, or establish stronger links with its members. There is no deadline for applications for these Fellowships. A number of titles can be conferred under this scheme:

  • Visiting Senior Research Fellow
  • Visiting Research Fellow
  • Visiting Lecturers

These Fellowships can run for any length of time between two weeks and three years. Applicants should contact a member of faculty or Head of Department, who will then liaise with you on the completion of the HAHP Visiting Fellows application form: Honorary title request HAHP - April 2017 [DOCX 25.06KB]

Sponsors are asked to discuss prospective Visiting Fellowships with the Head of Department and, if office space is requested, with the School Administrator, prior to submitting an application.  

Who can propose Visiting Fellows?

Visiting Fellows must be proposed by a member of faculty in the School, who should agree to act as their sponsor for the period of their visit. Fellows can be associated either with a Department, or with one of the School's interdisciplinary Research Centres or with the HAHP School as a whole.

Visiting Fellowship - sponsor duties

Faculty who become a sponsor for a Senior School Fellow or a Visiting Fellow will be expected to act as a point of contact for the VF, and to make reasonable attempts to integrate them into the life of the School where appropriate.

The sponsor's role may include:

  • Supporting the applicant through the VF application process
  • Introducing them to other members of the School
  • Guiding applicants to relevant areas of the US campus and facilities e.g. Housing Office website in advance of visit
  • Meeting with the Fellow from time to time to answer any questions they may have or direct them to someone who can help them

What are the expectations of Visiting Fellows?

The purpose of appointing Visiting Fellows is to contribute to the intellectual life of the School. With this in mind, those proposing the appointment of a Visiting Fellow should agree with the Fellow in advance what outputs are expected from the Fellowship. These would normally include one or more of the following:

  • Giving seminars to faculty and students or Guest Lectures within an undergraduate or postgraduate course
  • Production of a working paper or equivalent
  • Giving advice to, or engaging in knowledge exchange with students, faculty and research staff (e.g. on dissertations, careers, data sources, analytical strategies, policy frameworks etc.)
  • Production of a collaborative research proposal with a member of faculty

What can the School offer Visiting Fellows?

The School can offer the Fellows a vibrant, interdisciplinary context within which to undertake their planned programme of study or activities. In each term, the School hosts a variety of stimulating research events including open papers and lectures by external and internal academics, workshops and lunchtime seminars. Fellows will be appointed to a sponsor who can facilitate their integration into the life of the School.  These Fellowships will include use of the library, email, stationery and postal facilities. Depending on individual requirement and School availability, they may also include access to office space and PC. The School and University's infrastructure and environment can support the Fellow's research activity.

What are the fees associated with Visiting Fellowships?

A bench fee of £350 per month is usually charged to cover costs of administration, office space, and access to library and sporting facilities, although this is subject to variation depending on funding available to the applicant, and the perceived contribution the applicant can make to the School's academic life. 

How do I request a Visiting appointment?

  • To request a Visiting Fellow appointment, applicants should confer first with the faculty member they are interested in working with, or the Head of the Department or Research Centre that they wish to work within. The faculty member or Head should then:
  • Complete a HAHP Visiting Fellows application form, (including statement of the purpose of the appointment) together with a cv to:
  • Ahmed Koyes, Head of School Coordinator,
    School of History, Art History & Philosophy,
    Arts A Room A112 
    University of Sussex 
    Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9SH 
    Email: Ahmed.Koyes@sussex.ac.uk Phone: (01273) 873726 Internal: 3726

Decisions on appointment to the general Visiting Fellow positions rest with the Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange and/or the Head of School. All decisions will be based on the following criteria:

  • The anticipated contribution the applicant will make to the School's academic life
  • The quality of the proposed project or activity
  • The fit between the applicant's interests, and those of the proposer and host centre or Department
  • The appropriateness of the proposed outputs

Once the appointment has been approved by the Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange and/or the Head of School, the following steps will take place:

  • The appointment will be confirmed to the member of faculty who proposed the appointment
  • The School Finance Manager will be notified
  • The form will then be forwarded to Human Resources
  • Human Resources will issue a letter of appointment
  • Where appropriate, the School Finance Manager will invoice for the fee in accordance with instructions received from the School.

What about honorary and emeritus appointments?

It is also possible to request appointments to Honorary positions (e.g. Honorary Professor, Honorary Research Fellow, etc.) and Emeritus positions (e.g. Emeritus Professor) to those contributing to teaching and/or research in the School on an agreed and regular basis, and/or contributing advice or support, and whose contribution would be facilitated by the granting of this status. Appointments to Honorary status are particularly appropriate for senior figures in the public or private sector with whom the School has, or wishes to develop, strong research links. Honorary and Emeritus positions do not normally involve payment of a fee; Honorary positions are not normally expected to involve the provision of University facilities, and must be approved by the Academic Promotions and Advancements Committee.