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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. 

Please note that the Visiting Appointments programme is at full capacity for the academic year 2016-17. Applications for appointments for periods from August 2017 are welcome.


Visiting Fellow

This category applies to post-doctoral researchers or professionals at a broadly comparable level in the early stages of their career. Academic candidates should have completed a PhD at the time of application.

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

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.

Application Procedure

Applications should include a CV and a completed Visiting Appointment Application Form.

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.

Applications are welcome at any time and nominations are considered once a term, in September, January and May. 

Please also note that the MEC receives a high number of applications and is only able to support a very small proportion of these.

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