School of Law, Politics and Sociology

LPS Visiting Research Fellowships

The School of Law, Politics and Sociology will award a number of Visiting Fellowships each year. These 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
  • Practitioner Fellows
  • Visiting Lecturers

These Fellowships can run for any length of time between two weeks and three years. 

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 LPS School as a whole.

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?

Visiting Fellowships in this category normally incur a fee to cover costs of administration and allocated resources, 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. Visiting Lecturers are exempt from fees.

How do I request a Visting 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. To apply, please send in a covering letter including a brief description of the research activities you wish to undertake including the name of your proposed sponsor and a CV to

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

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.