Visiting Appointments Scheme

The Department of Media and Communications Visiting Appointments Scheme provides a way for academics and practitioners from other institutions to conduct research, or be involved in other academic-related activities in collaboration with the Department of Media and Communications. Visiting academics/practitioners are given full access to the LSE Library and other LSE resources. No fee is payable to LSE and likewise no salary is paid by the School for these appointments.

The following types of visiting appointments are available at the School:

Queries can be directed to

Important information about the scheme

  • Proposals will be circulated to the Department of Media and Communications academic staff and are then considered at School level four times each year, the deadline dates for submitting a proposal are shown below. Applicants should receive a final response within eight weeks of each of these dates: 2nd October,  2nd January,  2nd April,  2nd July
  • You will need to be sponsored by a member of academic staff during your visit. There is a limit to the number of visitors we can accommodate each year and we can only confer the title of Visiting Appointment if we have academic staff who are both researching in your area and available to mentor during the dates of your proposed visit.
  • Please refer to the LSE term dates and note that most scheduled teaching takes place in Michaelmas and Lent Term, and that most public events take place in the Michaelmas, Lent and Summer Terms.
  • While we are not able to provide you with an office, visiting academics/practitioners can use our open plan office area. You would have access to the LSE Library, with full borrowing rights and access to the computers and printers in the Library and elsewhere around the School.
  • LSE has limited residential accommodation which may be available to visiting academics/practitioners, further information is available from the LSE Accommodation Office. You may also like to refer to Sabbatical Homes, but please note that this is only a suggestion and not an endorsement of the website.
  • Visiting academics/practitioners from many countries outside the UK who receive financial support of any kind from a formal source of funding such as government, university, research council, charitable organisation etc., to carry out research, will be required to have a Sponsored Research Work Permit to work at the School. You must ensure that you obtain the correct work permit or visa before you commence your visit.
  • If you have not yet completed your PhD, please refer to the Department's Visiting Research Students scheme.
  • Conditions of acceptance are that you will: 
    • EITHER submit a working paper (6,000-10,000 words) to the Department's Electronic Working Paper SeriesOR a blog post (500-700 words) to one of the Department's blogs, to be published (subject to acceptance) before the completion of your visit or within one month of your departure;
    • AND be available to deliver a research seminar to our staff and PhD students (subject to term dates and other factors) if requested.

How to apply

Step 1

Complete the Visiting Appointments Proposal Form, so that your application can be considered formally by the Department.

  • Please note that only Assistant Professors, Associate Professors and Professors can sponsor visitors under the Visiting Appointments Scheme.
  • Please note that appointments are a minimum of twelve weeks and a maximum of three years.
Visiting Appointments Proposal Form

Your details

  • Visiting Appointments Proposal Form
  • Personal details
  • Name
  • Details of your proposal
    Please note the following: 1. Appointments will normally be for a minimum of twelve weeks and a maximum of 3 years, as per the relevant scheme. 2. Proposed start dates cannot be before the date outcomes are due to be communicated by Human Resources.
  • Summary of proposed contribution to the Department
    Please summarise your research as it might apply to this Department
  • Conditions of acceptance
  • Documents


Step 2

Your application will be considered by the Department and, if successful, will be submitted formally to our Human Resources Division to be approved by the Vice-Chair of the Appointments Committee. You should hear from the School within 8 weeks of your application if it has been successful.

Step 3

If your application is successful, you will be contacted by the Department to notify you, and you will be required to complete a Visitor Details Form. 

Step 4

On completion of the Visitor Details Form, a formal letter will be issued from Human Resources.