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Visiting Appointments

The Middle East Centre welcomes applications for Visiting Appointments. Visiting appointments can be given to individuals from outside the School to associate them with the Middle East Centre. 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 classification includes enabling individuals who are not part of the School's full-time academic staff to apply for external research funding in their own name and using the School's name. The status of Visiting Fellow is in itself non-contractual and unremunerated. Persons who are granted the status are entitled to use the LSE Library.


Visiting PhD Student

This category applies to current PhD students at other instituitions who would like to spend some time at the Middle East Centre while continuing their degree.

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 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.

Resident Visiting Appointments

Visiting Fellows and Professors who require office facilities and research support are required to pay bench fees of £4,150 (+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.


Visiting appointments run for between three months and one year and can be renewed for up to three years in total.

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 who propose to contribute to the work of the MEC in other ways should specify these. Applicants who wish to use MEC facilities and research support resources should specify the preferred period of affiliation. Resident appointments are subject to availability. Applications are welcome at any time and should be submitted to the MEC Manager Robert Lowe. 

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 MEC research strategy;
  • 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 two academic references. The Director will then formally nominate candidates to the Vice-Chair of the Appointments Committee. Nominations are considered once a term.

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