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Academic visitor guidelines

Sociology Department Visitors Policy

This page sets out the policies related to visitors to the Sociology Department at the London School of Economics.

Visitor Titles

The Sociology Department welcomes applications from a wide range of individuals. Visitors to the Department come under three main categories, summarised below:

1. Visiting Fellows: academics at Assistant Professor level, early career researchers, or non-academic practitioners of equivalent standing.

2. Visiting Senior Fellows: academics at Associate Professor level, or non-academic practitioners of equivalent standing.

3. Visiting Professors: Full Professors, or non-academics who have achieved prominence in public life or attained distinction in their profession. 

If you are interested in being a Visiting Research Student in the Department of Sociology, please refer to the following page for further information: Research programmes 2014: Sociology

For general information about coming to work at LSE see the School's Human Resources website: Joining LSE.

Application procedure

Please note that places within the Department are very limited. If you are interested in visiting the Sociology Department you are advised to contact a member of faculty in the first instance, who might be willing to act as the Departmental Sponsor for the duration of your visit. Otherwise, please email the Secretary of the Departmental Research Committee at a.a.szanto@lse.ac.uk.
All applications – whether or not they have been informally discussed with a member of faculty in the first instance – must be formally submitted to the Secretary of the Departmental Research Committee and must be accompanied by a completed Visitors Application Form (Word doc) and an up-to date CV.

Applications will then be reviewed by the Departmental Research Committee. You will be kept informed about every step of the process.

Visitors who are not nationals of the European Economic Area and who receive financial support from a UK source to carry out their research are required to have eligibility to work in the UK.

The Departmental Research Committee will apply the following criteria when assessing the quality of an application: 

• The applicant’s fit with departmental research clusters and the research interests of individual academics
• The applicant’s international standing in the discipline
• The applicant’s contribution to teaching in the department, or to the departmental public lecture series
• The availability of a suitable Departmental Sponsor
• The availability of office space in the department

Your time in the LSE Sociology Department

All visitors are required to make a significant and substantial contribution to teaching, research and the intellectual life of the Department. The invitation letter will specify the contribution that we expect you to make during your visit. This may include one or several of the following: giving lectures or seminars to undergraduate, postgraduate or research students; giving a brown bag seminar to staff; giving a public lecture; providing a brief report for the News and Accolades section of our website.
Visitors will be provided with a shared office space, an LSE IT account and email address, as well as access to the LSE’s library, the British Library of Political and Economic Science. On arrival visitors will be given a visitors pack, containing information about the Department.

Each visitor will be assigned a Departmental Sponsor who will introduce them to members of the department and keep them updated about events in the Department and the LSE.

Visitors are very much part of the intellectual life of the Department and are able to meet all staff here and elsewhere in the LSE. Visitors are also welcome to join in the many talks, debates and public lectures held across the LSE.

The Department does not reimburse visitors’ travel and accommodation expenses, and visitors are expected to make their own arrangements regarding these.  In exceptional circumstances, the Department may contribute to visitors’ travel and accommodation expenses, subject to resources being available and in line with School procedures.

Please note that the Department does not provide secretarial assistance to visitors.
Visiting Fellow and Visiting Senior Fellow appointments are unpaid. Visiting Professor appointments will normally be unpaid. In exceptional circumstances, the Department may propose the payment of a salary, subject to resources being available and the approval of the Director of the School.

Visitors are required to use the exact visitor title when referring to their LSE affiliation in any written or electronic correspondence.