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Visiting Appointments


The deadline for Visiting Appointment applications for summer term 2018 has now closed.  

The LSE Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre (SEAC) welcomes applications for our Visiting Appointments Scheme from individuals from outside LSE. The scheme is available to academics and advanced research students who wish to conduct research in London and draw on the expertise of SEAC, or who wish to spend a period of time at LSE in order to assist with research hosted elsewhere. Applications may also be submitted by other professionals with relevant expertise on Southeast Asia.

My time at SEAC proved to be a rich experience and the perfect environment in which to analyse data I had recently collected through field research — Dr Chris Chaplin

Visiting Appointments are non-contractual and unremunerated and applicants are expected to have arranged their own source of funding prior to applying. Successful applicants are also responsible for organising their own accommodation. However, applicants may request limited research funding of up to £500 from SEAC.

All Visiting Appointments are normally for three months, with a minimum duration of six weeks. Please note that LSE SEAC does not host Visiting Appointments over the summer period from mid-June to end of August.


Visiting Research Student

The Visiting Research Student (VRS) category allows research students at other universities to undertake part of their research at LSE SEAC, benefiting from its facilities and community. PhD students working on social science issues relevant to Southeast Asia are eligible to apply.

Please note that LSE SEAC does not provide supervision for PhD students. Applicants interested in studying at the LSE should contact the relevant Department.

Visiting Fellow / Professional

This category applies to post-doctoral researchers or non-academic 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 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 Professor/Visiting Professor in Practice

LSE may confer the title of Visiting Professor on persons of appropriate distinction whose connections with the School are appropriate to the visiting title. This includes individuals with a non-academic background who may have achieved prominence in public life, or who have attained distinction in their profession.

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

Entitlements and conditions

All approved Visiting Fellows at LSE SEAC are entitled to the following:

  • Access to all LSE facilities and public events
  • LSE IT Account with access to all electronic resources and databases provided by the LSE
  • LSE Library card with borrowing rights
  • Auditing of LSE lectures and seminars, subject to approval of the Teacher Responsible
  • Shared desk space in LSE SEAC office subject to availability

As part of their visiting appointment, Visiting Fellows must play a part in the intellectual life of the School. They are expected to offer a seminar paper or public lecture, and to interact with LSE faculty and students. 

How to apply

LSE SEAC will consider applications according to the following criteria:

  • Strength of the application (and references if applicable)
  • Experience or potential of the candidate
  • Contribution to LSE SEAC
  • Availability of space and resources

Applicants should email the following items to seac.admin@lse.ac.uk by the application deadline:

  • The completed Visiting Appointment Application Form
  • Their CV – including details of their educational and professional background, and a list of relevant publications (max. 3 pages)
  • If applying for the Visiting Research Student status, two academic references, one of which must be from their thesis supervisor

The outcome of applications will be communicated to candidates around 8 weeks after the application deadline.