School of Law, Politics and Sociology

Senior School Fellowships

Who can propose Senior School Fellowships?

Visiting Fellows may be proposed by a member of faculty in the School, or by the applicant themselves.

These 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.

Decisions on appointment to the Senior School Fellowships rest with a Senior School Fellow appointing committee. Decisions will be based on the following criteria:

  • The applicant's profile and track record
  • 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 are the expectations of Senior Visiting Fellows?

The purpose of appointing Senior School Fellowships 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 Senior School 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 limited postal facilities. Depending on individual requirement and School availability, they may also include use of a shared 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 Senior School Fellows?

These Fellowships are awarded competitively and require no fees for successful applicants. The School will normally support 3 or 4 of these Fellowships at any one time.

These Fellowships will run for any length of time between 2 weeks and 3 years. Applicants are required to write (before the appropriate deadline) a covering letter and submit a full CV to to:

LPS School Office
School of Law, Politics & Sociology
Freeman Building
University of Sussex,
Brighton BN1 9QE

T +44 (0) 1273 873744 F +44 (0) 1273 873162 E

What happens after an appointment has been offered?

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

  • Successful applicants will be appointed a sponsor
  • 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 bench fee in accordance with instructions received from the School.