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Visiting Opportunities

                                               VISITING FELLOWSHIP SCHEME

The Hellenic Observatory (HO) welcomes applications for Visiting Fellows, Visiting Senior Fellows & Visiting Professors by academics or policy practitioners who may want to spend a period of between 6-12 months at the LSE to conduct independent research on a topic relevant to the work of the Hellenic Observatory. It is anticipated that Visiting Fellows, Visiting Senior Fellows & Visiting Professors will play an active part in the intellectual life of the Hellenic Observatory during their fellowship.

Applications submitted to the scheme will first be considered by the Hellenic Observatory. Applications accepted at this stage will then be nominated to a central LSE committee, who make the final decision regarding visiting fellowships.   

HO Visiting Fellowship

Visiting Fellowships target researchers at an early stage of their career (pre-major review) who already hold a tenure-track university affiliation and wish to conduct a specific piece of research on a topic relevant to the research of the Hellenic Observatory.


Applications by practitioners and researchers outside the academia may also be considered, but normally applicants should hold at least a PhD degree or have equivalent professional experience.  

HO Visiting Senior Fellowship

The Visiting Senior Fellowship category is aimed at academics that are of the Lecturer (post major review), Senior Lecturer or Reader level, and practitioners or professionals at a broadly comparable level in their profession.


The title of Visiting Senior Fellow is given to individuals from outside the School associated with School Departments/Institutes/Centres. The status is intended to apply to scholars who have already published work of distinction, as well as recognising the contribution from those in government service, in professional practice, in the private sector, or in other appropriate fields, to research and other Departmental/Institute/Centre activities.

HO Visiting Professor Appointments

The School may confer the title of Visiting Professor for a defined but renewable period on persons of appropriate distinction whose connections with the School are appropriate to the visiting title. It includes individuals with a non-academic background who may have achieved prominence in public life, or who have attained distinction in their profession.

Practical Arrangements

Timing: There will be a Visiting Appointment start date announced  for each round of applications For the current (fifth) round of applications, the Visiting appointment start date is from 1 October 2017. Please note that for this round we only accept applications for Visiting Fellows and Visiting Senior Fellows. Both Visiting Fellows and Visiting Senior Fellows can start at any time after the appointment start date, subject to agreement between each individual fellow and the Hellenic Observatory. However, we do prefer Visitors to be with us during term time and for a period of 6-12 months.


Duration: Fellowships will normally run for 6-12 months, but longer visits may, by exception, be approved. Shorter visits (minimum 10 weeks) may also be considered but this is not the School’s preference.

Status in the School: The title of Visiting Fellow, Visiting Senior Fellow & Visiting Professor is given to individuals from outside the School associated with School departments, institutes and Centres. Visiting Fellows have access to the facilities of the Hellenic Observatory, and will also be able to enjoy access to the facilities of LSE as a whole.

Funding: Visiting fellowships do not carry an emolument and the Hellenic Observatory does not normally offer a stipend. It is advisable that all interested applicants should firstly research the likely costs associated with living in London as these costs are high before proceeding with an application.

Computer facilities and desk space: Visiting Fellows, Visiting Senior Fellows & Visiting Professors will be provided with an LSE login and email address, enabling them to use computer facilities at the School (for example, in the LSE library). The Hellenic Observatory may be able to provide Visiting Fellows , Visiting Senior Fellows & Visiting Professors with desk space, but this cannot be guaranteed.

Accommodation: the School is not able to make any arrangements for living accommodation for visitors. The LSE’s accommodation website, however, provides useful guidance on finding private rented housing. 

How to Apply

Visiting Fellowships require a review and selection process and applications are considered for approval several times a year.


Application Materials

Your application should include the following:

  • Cover letter outlining the rationale for why you wish to spend time at the Hellenic Observatory, LSE. This should include information about your planned research programme, the benefits the fellowship will bring to your on-going research; and the ways in which you expect the Hellenic Observatory to benefit from the collaboration.
  • Research Proposal normally not to exceed 8 pages. The research proposal should specify clearly the research question of the proposed research and give details about the analytical framework, literature and methodological approach to be followed. It should also explain how the proposed research relates to the applicant's past research and publications.
  • Up-to-date Curriculum Vitae.
  • Period that you are interested in. Please note that we prefer Visitors to be with us during term time.
  • Statement of Living Costs providing an outline on how the applicant proposes to meet their living costs during their stay in London. 

    Term dates:

    Michaelmas Term 2017/18:
    Thursday 21 September – Friday 8 December 2017
    Lent Term 2017/18:           
    Monday 8 January – Friday 23 March 2018
    Summer Term 2017/18:       
    Monday 23 April – Friday 8 June 2018

Timetable for Considering Applications

You will be advised, in writing, of the outcome of your application within seven weeks of the deadline for each round.


Call for applications: The deadline for submitting applications is Friday 11 August 2017, 5pm (UK time). The Visiting appointment start date for this round of applications is from 1 October 2017. Please note that for this round we only accept applications for Visiting Fellows and Visiting Senior Fellows.

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