Visiting scholars programme
We welcome visiting scholars to join our diverse team of established academics and industry leaders.
Our Visiting Scholars Programme provides a way for academics and practitioners from other institutions to conduct research, or be involved in other academic-related activities, in collaboration with the school.
These are typically leading and experienced academics or practitioners, on sabbatical or research leave from their home institutions. Visiting academics and practitioners can visit for any period between 1 and 6 months, although longer visits may be possible under exceptional circumstances. Visits can start on either 1 September or 1 January each year.
What we offer
As a visiting scholar, you will be expected to pursue a specific research project during your time with the school, and to deliver and participate in our research activities.
You will have:
- an academic colleague who will act as a host, providing you with support and opportunities for discussion
- access to school events – you will be encouraged to participate in any relevant seminars
- the opportunity to present a research paper
- opportunities to audit modules (including lectures and seminars) relating to your research area
- opportunities to attend doctoral seminars and our seminar series
- access to all University Library facilities, including borrowing rights
- access to the University IT network and open-access work stations
- assistance with IT needs
- opportunities to attend conferences or summer schools offered by Cardiff University during your visit (you will be required to pay the full registration fee for these events)
- opportunities to attend specific undergraduate or postgraduate taught (master’s) modules offered by the school.
Please note that we are unable to provide financial support for travel, accommodation or subsistence.
How to apply
In order to gain a place on the programme, please provide:
- a covering letter introducing yourself, your fit with our research interests, any existing connections with research or staff in the school, and the proposed timeline for your visit
- the name of an academic member of staff in the school who will act as a host during your visit
- a brief proposal of your plan for research to be carried out during your visit (up to 1,000 words in length)
- English language requirements – copies of IELTS certificate score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in each part or other equivalent English language qualifications
- a curriculum vitae
- a completed application form.
Applications are reviewed by the Director of Research and approved by our senior management team twice a year, with deadlines of 31 July for a start on 1 October and 30 November for a start on 1 February. You will receive a response within a month of application.
In accepting visiting scholars, we will need to be confident that you will:
- be able to fulfil your objectives as identified in the research plan
- make a positive contribution to our overall research culture through
- creative discussions and exchange of ideas with members of staff and postgraduate researchers in various public fora (e.g. research seminars)
- individual, strictly pre-planned arrangements
- contribute to our research seminar programmes by giving a presentation of your research where possible and desirable
- provide feedback and consultation to individuals or groups on research projects ongoing within the school, where appropriate and by invitation from staff
- prepare a short report on your experience and achievements during your time with us.
Applications should demonstrate:
- a convincing track record of sustained academic work
- the relevance of their intended work to the profile of the school
- a well-formulated, realistic research plan for the proposed time of the visit.
Please note that this programme is not available to PhD researchers. If you are currently a postgraduate researcher, please contact email@example.com.
Visiting Scholars Application Form
School of Journalism, Media and Culture Visiting Scholars Programme application form
Please return your completed application form and requested documents by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our research groups and centres intervene across a range of key journalism and communication issues.