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Visiting Scholars

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.

We also offer a Visiting Research Student Scheme for current doctoral research students who are pursuing studies at another institution, but want to be based in the School of Law during their research degree in order to undertake research.

Visiting Scholars

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 and should include a CV, a detailed research proposal and 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.

Applications for visiting scholars are considered for approval three times per year. The deadlines for 2022-23 are:

Visiting periodDeadline
Between May to August 2022 31 January 2022
Between September to December 2022 31 May 2022
Between January to April 2023 30 September 2022
Between May to August 2023 31 January 2023
Between September to December 2023 31 May 2023
Between January to April 2024 30 September 2023

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 two 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.

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