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Visiting scholars programme

We accept a small number of visiting fellows working in areas closely aligned with the school’s research interests.

These are typically leading and experienced academics on sabbatical or research leave from their home institutions. Visiting fellows can visit for any period between 1 and 6 months, although longer visits may be possible under exceptional circumstances.

What we offer

  • An opportunity to present a research paper at a seminar
  • 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.

How to apply

Applications are reviewed by the Director of Research and approved by the our senior management team three times a year, with deadlines on 30 April, 31 August and 30 November. You will receive a response within a month of application.

In order to apply for a place on the programme applicants must email the following to us:

  • 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;
  • A brief proposal of your plan for research to be carried out during your visit (up to 1,000 words in length);
  • A curriculum vitae.

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 (eg research seminars), or by individual, strictly pre-planned arrangements;
  • Contribute, where possible and desirable, to our research seminar programmes by giving a presentation of your research;
  • Provide, where appropriate and by invitation from staff, feedback and consultation to individuals or groups on research projects ongoing within the School;
  • Prepare a short report on your experience and achievements during your time with us.
  • If you intend to fund your stay through ERASMUS, an existing agreement must be in place between us and your home department before your arrival.

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.

Contact us

Ms Sarah Bruford

School Secretary