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Professor William A. Callahan
Acting Director, Centre for International Studies
Department of International Relations
London School of Economics
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE

Phone: +44 (0)20 7107 5118

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Visiting Appointments

Visiting Appointments

The Centre was established to provide a home in London to visiting academics, and has hosted over 180 fellows since 1967. Applications are welcomed from academics and practitioners wishing to host a specific research project at the Centre or to spend time at LSE working on their own research. Around ten appointments are made each year. The visiting period is between 12 weeks and one year, renewable up to a maximum of three years, and normally starts on 1st September.

Applications are invited from any scholar whose research is innovative, interdisciplinary and has an international dimension. Applications are particularly welcomed from: female candidates, candidates from the global South and scholars whose interests complement the research of CIS Staff (see also list of research interests here). At least one place is usually reserved for post-doctoral candidates each year.

Applicants can apply for a Visiting Fellowship, a Visiting Senior Fellowship or a Visiting Professorship.

  • Visiting Fellow: this is our standard scheme for academic visitors or visiting non-academic professionals.
  • Visiting Senior Fellow:  this category is for academic visitors who have already published work of distinction, or visiting non-academic professionals at a broadly comparable level in their profession. In addition, academic candidates must be at least at the Lecturer (post-major review equivalent), Senior Lecturer, Reader or Associate Professor Level at their home institution.
  • Visiting Professorship: Academics holding the title of University Professor or equivalent are eligible to apply.
  • Visiting Professorship in Practice: Individuals with a non-academic background who have achieved prominence in public life or distinction in their profession are eligible to apply.

NB ‘Fellows’ is used on this website as a collective term for visiting appointees of all levels of seniority. Visiting Fellows, Senior Fellows, Professors and Professors in Practice are all subject to the conditions discussed below and entitled to the benefits listed.

CIS visiting appointments are non-contractual and unpaid, and applicants are expected to have arranged their own source of funding prior to applying. Fellows are also responsible for organising their own living accommodation. However, whilst at the Centre, Fellows may apply for small amounts of Research Funding. Applications made in conjunction with members of LSE faculty are particularly encouraged.

All CIS Fellows will have use of the Centre and relevant LSE facilities during their stay in London.

No formal obligations are imposed on Fellows but they are expected to play some part in the intellectual life of the School, for instance by organising conferences, workshops and events; attending and hosting seminars; contributing to blogs and other forms of public engagement; and interacting with LSE faculty and students. They are also expected to prepare work for publication in peer-reviewed outlets during their stay at the Centre.

Please note that the Centre for International Studies does not provide supervision for PhD students. Students interested in joining LSE should contact the relevant Department.

How to apply

Applicants should fill in the application form available here [Word doc]. The completed application form should be no longer than 7 pages. An electronic copy (.docx or .pdf) of your completed application should be sent by email only to addressed to Dr Kirsten Ainley, Director of the Centre for International Studies.

Please note: Fellows are entitled to apply for external funding in their own name and using the School’s name (subject to the support of the Director of the Centre, and with the approval of your own institution). If you intend to apply for external funding while a Fellow at the Centre, you need to discuss this with the LSE Research Division at least a month ahead of the funder's application deadline. If this applies in your case, please contact Dr Kirsten Ainley at least a month ahead of the next application deadline and she will put you in touch with the Research Division. See Research Fundingfor more details.

Application deadlines 2015-16

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but the CIS Management Committee considers applications in batches soon after each deadline, rather than as they arrive. The outcome of applications will therefore be available around 8 weeks after the earliest deadline after which your application is received. The 2015-16 deadlines, for appointments at the CIS are as follows:

  • 1 January 2016
  • 25 March 2016
  • 24 June 2016 

Applications procedure

The Management Committee of the Centre will review all valid applications received by the deadlines above, and recommend appointments to the Vice Chair of the LSE Appointments Committee, who takes the final decision on all appointments. The outcome of applications will be communicated to candidates around 8 weeks after the application deadline.


Visiting Fellows who are not nationals of the European Economic Area, and who receive financial support of any form from a formal source of funding such as a government, university, research council, charitable organisation etc, to carry out research, will be required to have a Tier 5 visa before they can work at the School.