Academic visitors

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

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.

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 Visitors to make during their visit. This may include giving lectures or seminars to our students; participating in our research seminar series; giving a public lecture; or providing a brief report for the News section of our website.

Visitors are 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. 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. Each visitor will be assigned a Departmental Sponsor who will introduce them to colleagues and keep them updated about events in the Department and the LSE.

Please note that the Department does not reimburse visitors’ travel or accommodation expenses, nor does it provide secretarial assistance. Visiting appointments are unpaid.

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

To find out about our current visitors please see our Fellows, Researchers and Visitors page.

Application procedure

If you are interested in visiting LSE Sociology you are advised to contact a member of faculty in the first instance, who might be willing to act as the Sponsor for the duration of your visit. Otherwise, please email the Research Impact Manager at All applications – whether or not they have been discussed with a member of faculty in the first instance – must be formally submitted to the Research Impact Manager and must be accompanied by a completed Visitors Application Form and an up-to date CV.

Applications will be assessed by the Departmental Research Committee along the following criteria:

  • The applicant’s fit with departmental research clusters and the research interests of colleagues;
  • 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.

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