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Visiting Fellowship Scheme

The Centre’s Visiting Fellowship programme enables human rights academics, researchers and practitioners to spend a period of time conducting research in the Centre for the Study of Human Rights.

Visiting Fellows may be on sabbatical leave from their normal employment, or sponsored directly by other organisations. They may be embarking on post-doctoral research, undertaking a mid-career break; or pursuing an opportunity for late-career reflection and writing.

Visiting Fellows are expected to play an active part in the intellectual life of the Centre through giving guest seminars and allowing doctoral and MSc students engaged in work of relevance to consult them.

Prospective applicants should present a clear and realizable plan in relation to the research objectives to be met during their fellowship. Applicants who are interested in engaging in an established project in the Centre must make a clear case regarding how their presence and work will complement the project.  

Applications will first be considered by a committee of the Centre's academic staff. Applications accepted at this stage will then be nominated to a central LSE committee, who make the final decision regarding LSE Visiting Fellowships.

Practical arrangements

Timing: Visiting Fellows may start at any time during the year, subject to agreement between each individual fellow and the Centre (and bearing in mind term dates, if applying for a relatively short visit) 

Duration: Fellowships will normally run for between three and twelve months, but longer visits may be approved. Fellowships must be at least three months in duration, with at least two of the months being in term-time.

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 have access to the facilities of the Centre, and will also be able to enjoy access to the facilities of LSE as a whole.

Funding: Applications can only be considered from those who already have (or expect to have) adequate financial support.

Computer facilities and desk space: Visiting Fellows will be provided with a LSE login and email address, and access to hot-desk space in the Centre.

Accommodation: the School is not able to make any arrangements for living accommodation for visitors. The accommodation for students 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 at regular intervals throughout the academic year. Forthcoming deadlines are as follows:

  • 26 May, 2017 (for fellowships beginning in Michaelmas term 2017)

Applications should not normally be submitted more than one year, and not less than three months, in advance of the proposed start date.

Application materials

Your application should include the following:

  1. A summary curriculum vitae

    This should include information about your human rights experience and your research experience and interests, together with a list of relevant publications.
  2. An application form

    The application form asks for information about your planned research programme, the benefits the fellowship will bring to your ongoing human rights work; and the ways in which you expect the Centre to benefit from the collaboration. You are also asked to provide confirmation of financial support for the study period.
  3. Academic/employment references

    You are asked to arrange for two references in support of your application. References should be sent directly to the Centre and must arrive by the deadline in order for your application to be considered. 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 at the Centre, 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 Centre
  • The capacity in which they know you

Timetable for considering applications

The two-stage assessment process takes approximately two months, and sometimes longer. Applicants should keep this in mind when considering the start date for their proposed fellowship.

The relevant timeline will be confirmed by email on receipt of a completed application.

See details of current and previous Visiting Fellows affiliated to the Centre