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Visiting Appointments

The Middle East Centre welcomes applications for Visiting Appointments from individuals from outside LSE. These will normally be given to academics who wish to host a specific research project in the Middle East Centre or who wish to spend a period of time at LSE in order to assist with research hosted elsewhere. Fellowships may also be given to recognise or enable contributions to the MEC from those in academia, journalism, government service, in professional practice, or in other appropriate fields. The status of Visiting Fellow is in itself non-contractual and unremunerated. 


Classifications

Visiting Fellow

This category applies to post-doctoral researchers or professionals at a broadly comparable level in the early stages of their career.

Visiting Senior Fellow

This category includes academics who are of the lecturer (post-major review equivalent), senior lecturer or reader level and professionals at a broadly comparable level in their profession.

Visiting Professor

The School may confer the title of Visiting Professor 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.


Resident Visiting Appointments

Visiting Fellows and Professors who require office facilities and research support are required to pay bench fees of £5,000 (+VAT) per academic year (pro-rata for shorter terms). The MEC has limited availability of desk space and research support and so neither be guaranteed.


Duration

Visiting appointments run for between three months and one year.


Application Procedure

Applications should include a CV, an outline of proposed research (no more than two pages) and details of any funding secured or identified to support the research. Applicants should also explain their proposed contribution to the work of the MEC. 

Applicants who wish to use MEC facilities and research support resources should specify the preferred period of affiliation. Resident appointments are subject to availability.

The MEC will consider applications according to the following criteria:

  • Experience or potential of the candidate;
  • Contribution to the work of the MEC;
  • Value of proposed research and fit with existing MEC research;
  • Value of applicant's expertise and fit with existing expertise within the MEC;
  • Funding and resources.

Should the MEC decide to support an application, applicants will be required to submit three examples of written work and details of academic referees. Candidates will then be nominated to the LSE Appointments Committee. Nominations are considered once a term, in November, February and July. Applications are welcome at any time but please note that the approval process can take up to four months. Please also note that the MEC receives a high number of applications and is only able to accept a very small proportion of these.

For further information or to apply, please contact Robert Lowe: r.lowe@lse.ac.uk |

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