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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.

There are two categories of Visitors:

Visiting Fellows: 

*Please note that the earliest availability for Visiting Fellows is July 2018*

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. 

Visiting Fellow Application Form


Applicants for Visiting Fellowships should submit applications at least two academic terms before their proposed visit. 


For Easter 2018, the deadline is 23rd October 2017.

For Michaelmas 2018, the deadline is 22nd January 2018.

For Lent 2019, the deadline is 24th April 2018.


Visiting Scholars:

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 for one further year on application.  

Visiting Scholar Application Form

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. 


Visiting Students:

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



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 can be found here -

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 

The Department is unable to cover any living or travel costs for visitors.