Every year we welcome a number of visiting scholars who wish to pursue their own research projects and join in the academic life at the School of Law for a minimum of one month, and a maximum of one year.
The visiting scholars scheme is for established scholars (including academics, practitioners and judges) who wish to join the School of Law during a period of sabbatical leave from their usual place of work or home institution. Visiting scholars are provided with IT facilities, library access and, where possible, hot-desk or office space.
Fees for Visiting Scholars
These are non-stipendiary positions. Depending on the length of stay, a fee may be charged. For 2020-21, Visiting Scholars may be charged:
- Up to one month - £360
- Up to three months (one semester)- £1440
- Up to six months - £2880
- Full year (12 months) - £4310
Please note fees quoted are excluding VAT.
How to apply
All applications should be sent to email@example.com and should include:
- A detailed research proposal – please include an indication of date and length of your proposed visit, the name(s) of your preferred Academic Contact(s), and your reason for wishing to visit the School of Law
- Passport (Photo page) or Travel Document
- A Job description for your current role - must be detailed enough for a research Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code to be assigned to it by the UKVI.
We also require a letter from your home institution or funding body confirming:
- Project Name
- That they will continue to employ them
- The date funding will start and end, amount of funds and allowances
- Names of individuals the applicant will be collaborating with at Queen Mary School of Law
- That they do not intend to stay in the UK beyond your visa
Applications for visiting scholars are considered for approval three times per year. The year on year deadlines for applications are:
|Between May to August||31 January|
|Between September to December||31 May|
|Between January to April||30 September|
It can take on average six to eight weeks to process applications so you must ensure that your visit will not start until at least three months after the deadline.
What you can expect as a visiting scholar
Successful applicants will be appointed an academic contact within the School of Law. The contact person will usually be an academic in the same area of research. Depending on the length of a visit, a visiting scholar will typically meet their contact a few times during their stay.
As a visiting scholar to the School of Law, you will be welcome to attend staff and doctoral seminars or presentations, as well as other research events. These events may take place on either or both campuses – Mile End (Department of Law) and Lincoln’s Inn Fields (CCLS).
You will have access to the same range of facilities as standard members of staff including:
- School of Law resources and activities, including attendance at School of law programmes and research seminars
- Queen Mary library (Mile End)
- IALS library (Russell Square)
- IP Archive (IALS)
- Electronic resources
- Computer facilities, including wireless
- Hot-desk space (at Mile End or Lincoln's Inn Fields).
Visiting Scholars are not entitled to apply for funding for travel grants and conferences or funding of any kind.