Visiting Scholars at the Department of POLIS
The Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) has a Visiting Scholars programme which welcomes a limited number of scholars and researchers to the Department each year. The programme is aimed at scholars in established posts in other Universities or similar academic institutions who are on study leave, who wish to spend short periods working in Cambridge. The Department will also consider applications from Visiting Students in the final stages of their PhD studies. Applicants should be working on topics closely related to the fields of interest and current research of our Academic Staff. Visitors are given a title from one of three categories depending on their status and experience:
- Visiting Students - in the latter stages of their PhD studies.*
- Visiting Scholars - hold a doctorate, and are usually in a teaching position in a university elsewhere with a proven track record of research.
- Visiting Fellows - senior academics with a major research and publications record.
Visiting Scholar and Visiting Fellow visits are usually between one and two months but can be up to a year depending on individual circumstances.
Visiting student status is given for one term in the first instance but students may apply to have this extended to a maximum of two terms. The academic year at Cambridge comprises of three terms: Michaelmas (October - December), Lent (January - March) and Easter (April - June).
Competition for places is tough and a high standard of applications is expected, therefore the Department prefers Visiting Students who wish to apply to have an average GPA of 3.85 or above.
* The Department will accept a maximum of two visiting students per academic year pro rata.
Applicants should submit applications at least two academic
terms before their proposed visit. Full
references must be received by these dates if they are to be considered:
20 May 2013 - for those wishing to visit in or after Lent term 2014
5 November 2013 - for those wishing to visit in or after Easter term 2014
30 January 2014 - for those wishing to visit in or after Michaelmas term 2014
The Department does not 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.
We are interested in welcoming visitors whose research areas overlap with the interests of our own staff, therefore applications will only be considered if they are supported by a current member of academic staff in the Department and it is felt that their research will tie in well with the research intereests and ethos of the Department. The research interests of the various academic staff are listed on the Staff section of the website.
We ask that applicants do not contact potential sponsors directly, but indicate their preference when submitting their application, the rearch proposal shoudl set our how the proposed research fits in with Departmental interests.
What we provide
Visiting Students/Scholars/Fellows are not provided with dedicated equipment or desk space, but are usually provided with a share of a desk in the visitor's room and may make use of the University libraries. They can, with the prior agreement of the Lecturer, follow some lectures and seminars, and are invited to join the life of the department.
The Department is not in a position to offer any direct academic supervision as the Department assumes that visitors come to Cambridge to pursue their own independent research. Administrative/ secretarial assistance is not provided and visitors are expected to meet the direct costs of photocopying, printing and other consumables and costs associated with their work.
There is a bench fee of £250 per month (plus VAT at 20%) in
order to cover
incidental and/or administrative expenses.
The Department does not cover any living or travel costs for visitors.
If you are not a person with settled status in the UK or a
of a country within the European Economic Area, Iceland, Liechtenstein,
Switzerland then you will probably need a visa - this would normally be
via the Academic Visitor route. There is more
information about this at
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 Acccommodation Service at http://www.accommodation.cam.ac.uk/ or contact them by email: email@example.com
How to apply
Please send the following documents to support your application:
- Curriculum Vitae
- A completed Departmental application form
- A research proposal. This should be a short outline of the proposed research you wish to carry out in Cambridge and how this fits in with the Department's research interests.
- Two academic references. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ask their referees to send the references directly to us.
- You must have a sponsor in the Department during your stay, to help us to nominate such a person please provide the name of a member of staff who you would most like to work with or whose interests have the greatest overlap with your own.
- Visiting Students should also provide transcripts.
Once complete applications ( including references) are received for Visiting Students/Scholars/Fellows, they then have to be considered by our Research Committee for approval. Completed paperwork is required a minimum of two terms before the proposed start date (Please see deadlines above). If the deadlines are not adhered to, it will not be possible for the Research Committee to consider your application.
All applications should be addressed to the Secretary to the Research Committee, Department of POLIS, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: + 44 (0)1223 767235).