LSE Visiting Fellows Scheme

The Law Departmentís Visiting Fellows scheme enables academics, researchers and practitioners to spend a period of time conducting research in the Department. Visiting fellows may be on sabbatical leave from their normal employment or sponsored directly by other organisations. (The scheme is not open to PhD students, for whom the Visiting Research Students scheme is more appropriate.)

Prospective applicants should note that the Law Department only accepts applicants who can demonstrate an established research record, who can present a clear case for being based specifically in the Department, who can make a compelling case regarding how their presence and work will complement our research environment and enhance the Departmentís research profile, who are able to provide a clear explanation for the proposed duration and timing of their visit, and who have properly worked-out, realizable research objectives to be pursued during their time here.

Practical arrangements


Visiting Fellows may start at any time during the year, subject to agreement between each individual fellow and the Law Department.


Fellowships will normally run for between three and twelve months, but longer visits may, by exception, be approved.  Visits for under three months are not possible.


Applicants will be of post-doctoral status or equivalent. The scheme is not open to PhD students, for whom the Visiting Research Students scheme is more appropriate.

Relationship with the Department:


We encourage Visiting Fellows to participate fully in the research life of the Department, for example through attending staff and PhD research seminars, seminars run by the different research groups and research projects and other events related to their research.  We also encourage Visiting Fellows to give a seminar paper on their research whilst they are visiting the Department, and depending on the length of the visit, to submit a paper to our Working Paper Series.

Status in the School:


The title of Visiting Fellow is given to individuals from outside the School associated with School departments, institutes and centres. Visiting Fellows will also be able to enjoy access to the facilities of LSE as a whole, for example the LSE Library.

At present applications can only be considered from those who already have (or expect to have) adequate financial support. The Department does not provide Visiting Fellows with a research allowance.

Computer facilities and desk space:

Visiting fellows will be provided with a LSE login and email address, enabling them to use computer facilities at the School (for example, in the LSE library). We regret that we are not normally able to provide visiting fellows with desk space.



The School is not able to make any arrangements for living accommodation for visitors. The accommodation for staff website, however, provides useful guidance on finding private rented housing.


End of visit report:


How to apply;


At the end of the fellowship, Visiting Fellows are asked to submit a brief written report summarising their contribution to the Department.  The report should be sent to

Visiting Fellowships require a review and selection process and applications are considered for approval four times a year, usually in November, February, May and July.

Applications should be submitted electronically by no later than 4pm on the day of the deadline for the round in which you apply. Late applications will not be considered. The deadlines for 2016/17 are as follows:

  • Monday 3 October 2016

  • Monday 2 January 2017

  • Monday 13 March 2017

  • Monday 5 June 2017

You will be advised, in writing, of the outcome of your application within six weeks of the deadline for each round. We regret that we are not able to accept resubmissions of proposals that have previously not been approved by the Department. Applications should not normally be submitted more than one year, and not less than three months, in advance of your proposed start date.

Application materials:

Applications must be submitted electronically.

Your application should include the following:

1. A summary curriculum vitae (of no more than two A4 sides in length). This should include a list of relevant publications.

2. An application form, which can be downloaded here [Word document] or sent to you via email.

3. Academic/employment references

4. A formal list of academic publications

Please do not include any supplementary information.

You are asked to arrange for two references in support of your application which must be on headed paper. References should be sent via email by your referee and must arrive by the deadline relevant to your application. It is your responsibility to ensure that the references reach us in good time.

You should ask each of your referees to address the following matters in their reference:

  • Your suitability to undertake a fellowship in the LSE Law Department, in the light of your particular interests and experience
  • The likely benefits to you, and to your future career, of undertaking such a fellowship
  • The likely benefits to the Department
  • The capacity in which they know you
Contact details:

Please direct any enquiries about the visiting fellows scheme to: