Working with the Sussex Humanities Lab

We cultivate an inclusive, collaborative, generative and supportive research environment to help nurture the next generation of researchers, while also supporting colleagues to gain new digital skills and engage with cutting edge research.


SHL membership
Researchers from across the university with interest in SHL research remit can apply to be an active member of the research programme. Membership is open to current Sussex staff at all levels of seniority regardless of contract type (fixed term, open ended, permanent), and PGR students.
SHL members are expected to be actively involved in the programme. As a member you will be expected to contribute to SHL's annual programme of events including participating and/or leading seminars, workshops and SHL working groups, and actively take part in our research bid development activity. In return you will be welcomed into a nurturing and supportive interdisciplinary research environment, and will have access to SHL expert support, space, and technology to help develop your research in DH++.
Apply to be a SHL member:
SHL Membership application form PGR Member 
Short research visits
We welcome short visits to collaborate with our team. Visits may be anything from a few days, up to a maximum of two weeks. A member of the Lab must sponsor your visit, and a clear plan for joint activity must be identified in advance. Although normally self-funded, in exceptional circumstances we may be able to contribute towards the cost. Bench fees are not applicable to short visits.
Contact for further information.

Research Visiting Fellows

SHL is open to national and international visitors working broadly within SHL’s remit, to engage with our core research activities and the intellectual life of our interdisciplinary research community. Visiting Fellows participate in core lab activities, sharing knowledge and ideas in an interdisciplinary space.Visitors must be sponsored by an existing member of SHL. This relationship should be developed before making an application. Visitor and Sponsor should agree a programme of activities and outputs in advance of the visit. These may include giving seminars or guest lectures, production of a working paper, and/or writing a research proposal. 
Visitors generally fall into one of the following broad categories:
  • Senior Academics: to engage with the intellectual life of the Lab, usually through a substantial research engagement that they bring with them.
  • Researchers: to engage with developing projects within the context of SHL’s research remit. These visits may also be linked to specific research proposals currently under development within SHL.
  • Practitioner/Artist: to share specialist skills and practice that connect or align with our emerging programmes of research.
Research Visiting Fellow applications incur bench fees as per host school rules. The lab may be able to offer some funding that will reflect the individual circumstances of the visitor. It may cover travel, some accommodation and/or joint research expenses. Kindly note that we prioritise self-funded visits.
Applications are reviewed by SHL programme management team and approved by the Dean/Head of the relevant host School.If you have any questions, please contact in the first instance.
Doctoral Research
We welcome applications for doctoral study aligned to the Sussex Humanities Lab interests. Formal applications are made through the postgraduate application system. Prospective doctoral students are advised to start with informal enquiries. You can explore our Directory of Members for more information on potential supervisors, and drop us a line at
SHL Network
An important part of our mission is to develop links with researchers, research centres, and non-academic partners working in similar areas across the world.SHL is known worldwide and has been instrumental in many successful international consortia projects. We are uniquely placed to participate in international consortium bids and projects. We are always open to collaboration with partners across academia, industry, policy, non-profit organisations, grassroots communities, and others.
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Sussex Humanities Lab, SILVERSTONE SB211, Arts Road, Falmer, East Sussex, BN1 9RG