School of Law, Politics and Sociology

School Visiting 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. Applicants should contact a member of faculty or Head of Department, who will then liaise with you on the completion of the LPS Visiting Fellows application [PDF 65.05KB] and Fee and workspace arrangements application form Fee and workspace arrangements application form [DOC 55.00KB] .

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 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 LPS Visiting Fellows application [PDF 65.05KB], and another form that sets out Fee and workspace arrangements application form [DOC 55.00KB]Send these forms, together with a cv, two letters of reference and a statement of the purpose of the appointment and agreed outputs to:
    Mrs Celia Williams
    LPS School Office, School of Law, Politics & Sociology
    Friston Building, The University of Sussex
    Brighton BN1 9SP, United Kingdom
    T +44 (0) 1273 873744 F +44 (0) 1273 873162 E C.F.Williams@sussex.ac.uk

    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.