Visiting fellows

Staff and students in the Law Department come from all over the world, and bring to the Department an unparalleled international and interdisciplinary outlook in teaching and research.

Please note:
The Visiting Fellow scheme has been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. We hope to run it again from 2021-22, and will be updating this page with the latest information.

The Law Department’s Visiting Fellows scheme enables scholars with an established research record (typically full-time academics in a tenure-track position) to spend a period of time conducting research in the Department. Visiting fellows may be on sabbatical leave from their normal employment or sponsored directly by other organisations.

Prospective applicants should note that they are expected to present a clear case for being based specifically in the Department, to explain convincingly how their presence and work will complement our research environment and enhance the Department’s research profile, and to provide a clear explanation for the proposed duration and timing of their visit. 

Applicants should provide a realisable, properly worked-out plan of the research project that they intend to pursue during their time at LSE.


Visiting Fellows may start at any time during the year, subject to agreement between each individual fellow and the Law Department.


Fellowships will normally run for between three and twelve months, but longer visits may, by exception, be approved.  Visits for under three months are not possible.


Applicants will be scholars with an established research record. The programme is not conceived for scholars looking for a post-doctoral position immediately after the completion of their PhD. Doctoral students, for whom there is a Visiting research students scheme, are not eligible.


Relationship with the department

We encourage Visiting Fellows to participate fully in the research life of the Department, for example through attending staff and PhD research seminars, seminars run by the different research groups and research projects and other events related to their research.  We also encourage Visiting Fellows to give a seminar paper on their research whilst they are visiting the Department, and depending on the length of the visit, to submit a paper to our Working Paper Series.

Status in the School

The title of Visiting Fellow is given to individuals from outside the School associated with School departments, institutes and centres. Visiting Fellows will also be able to enjoy access to the facilities of LSE as a whole, for example the LSE Library.


At present applications can only be considered from those who already have (or expect to have) adequate financial support. The Department does not provide Visiting Fellows with a research allowance.

Computer facilities and desk space

Visiting fellows will be provided with a LSE login and email address, enabling them to use computer facilities at the School.


The School is not able to make any arrangements for living accommodation for visitors.The accommodation for staff website, however, provides useful guidance on finding private rented housing.

End of visit report

At the end of the fellowship, Visiting Fellows are asked to submit a brief written report summarising their contribution to the Department.  The report should be sent to


Contact details

Please direct any enquiries about the visiting fellows scheme to