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LSE Scholars At Risk 

Centre for the Study of Human Rights
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE


Manager - Zoe Gillard|
+44(0)20 7955 6428



Reconnect with Research

Reconnect with Research is an English language programme with an academic focus for displaced scholars.

The course is open to UK-based refugee or asylum-seeking scholars who would benefit from enhanced English language support and introduction to the UK Higher Education system. It provides access to LSE expertise and resources and aims to assist persecuted scholars in returning to academia.

The Reconnect with Research programme is run by the Language Centre| and the Scholars At Risk scheme from the Centre for the Study of Human Rights. It is supported by the LSE Annual Fund|.

The core of the Reconnect with Research Summer Programme is a five-day taught course at LSE in central London. This is preceded by one week of online preparation and followed by one week to complete and submit an assignment online. 

  • Online preparation: from Monday 16 June 2014
  • Daily classes at LSE: Monday 23 June – Friday 27 June 2014
  • Online assignment: until Friday 4 July 2014 

The course is open to UK-based refugee or asylum-seeking scholars who are preparing for, or currently undertaking, postgraduate study in the UK. The course provides a toolkit of skills training designed around the academic English language needs of displaced scholars. It provides access to LSE expertise and resources and aims to assist persecuted scholars in rebuilding their academic careers in the UK.

At the core of the course is a five day taught programme at LSE in central London. These classes, held over five days from Monday 23 June to Friday 27 June, will focus on academic language and research skills, critical thinking and UK academic culture. Participants will be coached in communication, presentation and discussion skills. LSE’s expert English language specialists will guide participants in learning how to make their work original and clearly argued, and train them in establishing an authoritative and distinctive voice. Guest speakers will contribute short addresses linked to research tasks, which will be supported with relevant language study.

Participants will have access to the full range of LSE facilities, including the Library, online journals and the School’s campus, for the duration of the course. Optional extra-curricular activities will complement the taught programme and provide participants with further opportunities to benefit from LSE’s vibrant culture and central London location.

The course is provided free of charge and, where needed, participants will be awarded a small travel grant (the equivalent of a standard advance return fare) in support of their travel costs. Up to five nights’ accommodation will be provided for participants coming from outside of the South East of England who would otherwise be unable to participate. Light lunch will be provided from Monday 23 June to Friday 27 June. The class size is strictly limited to ensure maximum participation and support for all.

The course will 

  • Include academic writing, analysis and discursive skills
  • Explore relevant current research and use this to reconnect with research topics
  • Focus on academic reading with a view to incorporating conventions and practice into writing style
  • Look at targeting journals and adapting writing styles to specific requirements

Who can apply?

  • Applicants must be based in the UK. They will either have refugee status (or equivalent) or be in the process of applying for asylum in the UK.
  • Applicants should have worked as a lecturer or researcher in a University or higher education institution in their country of origin.
  • Applicants should be enrolled on a postgraduate (taught or research) programme in a UK higher education institution or be in the process of applying.
  • Applicants must have a good level of English (between 5 and 7.5 IELTS). It is not necessary to take an IELTS test. The applicant's language level will be assessed via the written application and an informal interview.

How to apply

Applications (to be received by 12 Noon, Thursday 8 May 2014) must consist of the following:

  • A completed application form (Link to application form)
  • An up to date CV
  • A copy of Home Office documentation verifying the applicant’s legal status in the UK  


  • Applications must be received by 12 Noon, Thursday 8 May 2014
  • Short interviews will be held (via telephone or Skype) on Monday 19 May 2014
  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome no later than Friday 23 May 2014 

This information in PDF| 

The weekly Reconnect with Research programme is held by way of a two hour class on twelve Tuesday evenings, split over two terms. The course will next run from October 2014 - March 2015. More information will be posted here in Summer 2014.


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