Visiting Appointments

The LSE United States Centre welcomes applications for Visiting Appointments from individuals from outside LSE. 

Visiting Appointments will normally be given to academics and students who wish to conduct research in London and draw on the expertise of the US Centre, or who wish to spend a period of time at LSE in order to assist with research hosted elsewhere. Fellowships may also be given to recognise or enable contributions to the US Centre from those in academia, journalism, government service, in professional practice, or in other appropriate fields. 

Visiting positions are non-contractual and unremunerated and applicants are expected to have arranged their own source of funding and accommodation prior to applying. 


Visiting Research Student

Visiting Research Student (VRS) status at LSE allows research students at other universities to spend up to one academic session at the School at the discretion of the department concerned. VRS need to find an appropriate supervisor at LSE who will work along side of them and advise them.

Visiting Fellow

This category applies to post-doctoral researchers or non-academic professionals at a broadly comparable level in the early stages of their career. Fellowships typically last from 3 months to a year. Academic candidates should have completed a PhD at the time of application.  

Visiting Professor

The School may confer the title of Visiting Professor on persons of appropriate distinction whose connections with the School are appropriate to the visiting title. It includes individuals with a non-academic background who may have achieved prominence in public life, or who have attained distinction in their profession. 

All approved visitors at the US Centre are entitled to the following:

  • Access to all LSE facilities and public events;
  • LSE IT account with access to all electronic resources and databases provided by the LSE;
  • LSE Library card with borrowing rights;
  • Shared office and desk space subject to availability.

Visiting Fellows and Professors who require office facilities or research support are required to pay bench fees of £5,000 (+VAT) per academic year (pro-rata for shorter terms). The US Centre has limited availability of desk space and research support and so neither be guaranteed. Please note that the US Centre does not provide supervision for PhD students. Students interested in joining LSE should contact the relevant Department.


Applications should include a CV and a completed Visiting Appointment Application Form [Word file] emailed to

The US Centre will consider applications according to the following criteria:

  • Experience or potential of the candidate;
  • Contribution to the work of the US Centre;
  • Value of applicant's expertise and fit with the existing expertise within the US Centre;
  • Funding and resources.




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