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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. Visiting Fellows 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.

Visiting Fellows 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 a committee of LSE Human Rights’ academic staff. Applications accepted at this stage will then be nominated to a central LSE committee, who make the final decision regarding LSE Visiting Fellowships.

Practical arrangements

Timing: Visiting Fellows may start at any time during the year, subject to agreement between each individual fellow and LSE Human Rights

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

Status in the School: Visiting Fellows have access to the facilities of LSE Human Rights, and will also be able to enjoy access to 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: Visiting Fellows will be provided with a LSE login and email address, and access to hot-desk space.

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

How to apply

Visiting Fellowships require a review and selection process and applications are considered for approval at regular intervals throughout the academic year. The next deadline for fellowships beginning in October 2017 is 26 May 2017.

Your application should include the following:

A curriculum vitae, including information about your human rights experience and your research experience and interests, together with a list of relevant publications.

An application form (on the right of this page), containing information about your planned research, the benefits the fellowship will bring to your ongoing human rights work; and the ways in which you expect LSE Human Rights to benefit from the collaboration. You are also asked to provide confirmation of financial support for the study period.

Two academic/employment references, which should be sent directly to LSE Human Rights. Please ask each referee to address the following matters in their reference:

- Your suitability to undertake a fellowship at LSE Human Rights, in the light of your particular interests and experience
- The likely benefits to you, and to your future career, of undertaking such a fellowship
- The likely benefits to LSE Human Rights
- The capacity in which they know you

Timetable for considering applications

The two-stage assessment process takes approximately two months. Applicants should keep this in mind when considering the start date for their proposed fellowship. See details of current Visiting Fellows affiliated to LSE Human Rights.

Submit your application

Your details

  • Visiting Fellowship Application Form - LSE Human Rights
    Visiting Fellowship applications are considered four times a year. Current application deadlines are available on our website. The two-stage assessment process takes approximately two months, and sometimes longer. Applicants should keep this in mind when considering the start date for their proposed fellowship. The relevant timeline will be confirmed to applicants on receipt of a completed application.
  • 1) Personal details
  • Name
  • 2) Contact details
  • 3) Timing of proposed visiting fellowship
    (please refer to online guidance regarding timing)
  • 4) Associations within LSE Human Rights
  • 5) Planned research programme during the fellowship
  • 6) Financial support
  • Do you have adequate funding to cover all your travel, living and research costs?
  • 7) English language
  • Is English your first language?
  • 8) Other applications
  • Have you applied for a visiting fellowship in any other department/Centre/Institute in the School?
  • 9) Further information
  • 10) References
    References must arrive by the deadline in order to be considered. It is the responsibility of applicants to ensure that the references reach us by the deadline.