Visitors at the Department of POLIS
The Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) has a Visitors Programme programme which welcomes a small number of researchers to the Department each term.
Visitors to POLIS can be categorised thus:
A distinguished scholar conducting research in Cambridge, or someone working with a permanent member of staff on a project. Applications are welcomed from academics in posts at other Universities. In return for a bench fee (currently £250 per month + VAT at 20%), they will have desk space allocated to them. They will also have access to the network and the library, and will be present in the Department for at least one term. It is expected that they will attend Departmental Seminars during their time here.
Please note that we are now at capacity, and Visiting Fellow application forms will now not be accepted until January 2017.
Someone engaged in research who is working on a topic of interest to POLIS. They will not have any Departmental resources available to them beyond library access, and must be working alongside a Department staff member. The minimum period for a Visiting Scholar is two weeks, and the maximum period is one year, renewable on application.
To apply you will need to complete the appropriate application form, provide a CV, a photograph of yourself, an outline of the proposed research to be undertaken at Cambridge and two references. You will also need to have written support or a formal invitation from a current member of staff.
Applicants should submit applications at least two academic terms before their proposed visit. Full applications including references must be received by these dates if they are to be considered:
15th April 2016 - for those wishing to visit in or after Lent term 2017
2nd October 2016 - for those wishing to visit in or after Easter term 2017
The Department cannot accept applications from undergraduate students. Undergraduates wishing to spend time at Cambridge must apply directly to a college to be an Affiliated Student. Each college has its own quota and fees for such students. This process must be managed entirely by the applicant and does not involve the Department of POLIS.
At present the CamPo scheme is the only mechanism for welcoming visiting PhD students to the Department. We are unable to accept any applications outside of this scheme.
Postdocs should consult our Postdoc opportunities page here.
The academic year at Cambridge comprises of three terms: Michaelmas (October - December), Lent (January - March) and Easter (April - June). Applications may also be made for the Long Vacation (July – September). Applications may be made for shorter periods than 3 months.
All applications should be addressed to the Visitor Coordinator, Miss Lydia Mizon (email@example.com).
If you are not a person with settled status in the UK or a national of a country within the European Economic Area, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland then you will probably need a visa - this would normally be via the Academic Visitor route. There is more information about this at http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/ . It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that compliance with UK immigration/visa requirements is met.
The Department does not provide accommodation, nor can it assist applicants with finding accommodation in Cambridge, but if you need help please log on to the University of Cambridge Accommodation Service or contact them by email.
The Department is unable to cover any living or travel costs for visitors.