LSE Human Rights Visiting Fellowship Scheme


Our Visiting Fellowship programme enables human rights academics, researchers and practitioners to spend a period of time conducting research at LSE Human Rights within the Department of Sociology. Academic visitors (Visiting Fellows, Senior Fellows and Professors) may be on sabbatical leave from their normal employment, or sponsored directly by other organisations. They may be embarking on post-doctoral research, undertaking a mid-career break, or pursuing an opportunity for late-career reflection and writing.

Academic visitors are expected to play an active part in the intellectual life of LSE Human Rights through giving guest seminars and allowing doctoral and MSc students engaged in work of relevance to consult them.

Prospective applicants should present a clear and realizable plan in relation to the research objectives to be met during their fellowship. Applicants who are interested in engaging in an established project at LSE Human Rights must make a clear case regarding how their presence and work will complement the project. 

Applications will first be considered by the Sociology Department Research Committee.  Applications accepted at this stage will then be nominated to a central LSE committee, who make the final decision regarding LSE Visiting Fellowships. For more information about the Department's application procedure, and to apply, please see Academic Visitors.

See details of current visitors affiliated to LSE Human Rights: People.

Practical arrangements

Timing: Academic visitors may start at any time during the year, subject to agreement between the visitor and LSE Human Rights.The application process can take several months, so applicants should keep this in mind when considering the start date for their proposed fellowship. 

Duration: Fellowships will normally run for between three and twelve months, but longer visits may be approved. Fellowships should usually be at least three months in duration, with at least two of the months being in term-time.

Status in the School: Academic visitors have access to the facilities of LSE Human Rights within the Department of Sociology, and will also be able to enjoy access to many of the facilities of LSE as a whole.

Funding: Applications can only be considered from those who already have (or expect to have) adequate financial support.

Computer facilities and desk space: Academic vistors will be provided with an LSE login and email address, and access to hot-desk space.

Accommodation: the School is not able to make any arrangements for the accommodation of visitors. The accommodation for students website, however, provides useful guidance on finding private rented housing.