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Visiting Fellowship Programme


The Centre’s Visiting Fellowship programme enables mid-career researchers, activists, practitioners and scholars to spend a period of time conducting research in the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security.

Visiting Fellows may be on sabbatical leave from their normal employment, or sponsored directly by other organisations. They may be embarking on a particular piece of research, or pursuing an opportunity for career reflection and writing.

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Visiting Fellows are expected to play an active part in the intellectual life of the Centre. Prospective applicants should present a clear and realisable plan in relation to the objectives to be met during their fellowship.  

Applicants’ work must fit directly into the themes of Women, Peace and Security or PSVI, and they must make a clear case regarding how their presence will complement the Centre’s work.  

Applications will first be considered by a committee within the Centre for Women, Peace and Security. Applications accepted at this stage will then be nominated to a central LSE committee, which makes 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 the Centre

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

Funding: The Centre aims to put in place a funded programme to enable those with a genuine and active commitment to women, peace and security from around the world to spend time at LSE and actively engage with the Centre’s initiatives, irrespective of their financial means. Currently, however, we can only consider applications 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 in the Institute of Global Affairs.

Accommodation: the School is not able to make any arrangements for living 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 intervals throughout the academic year.

The next application deadline: 

  • Noon, Thursday 3 December 2020
  • Noon, Wednesday 17 February 2021
  • Noon, Thursday 15 April 2021
  • Noon, Thursday 17 June 2021

How to apply

Your application should include the following:

  1. A curriculum vitae
    This should include information about your practice experience and/or your research experience and interests in the field of Women, Peace and Security.
  2. An application form
    The application form asks for information about your planned research programme, the benefits the fellowship will bring to your work on Women, Peace and Security; and the ways in which you expect the Centre to benefit from the collaboration.
  3. Academic/employment reference
    You are asked to arrange for a reference in support of your application. The reference may be sent directly to the Centre and must arrive by the deadline in order for your application to be considered. It is your responsibility to ensure that the reference reaches us in good time.

Timetable for considering applications
The two-stage assessment process takes approximately 8 weeks. Applicants should keep this in mind when considering the start date for their proposed fellowship.

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