The School for Sociology Politics and International Studies (SPAIS) welcomes visiting researchers from other institutions at different career stages. Established scholars are welcomed as Visiting Fellows and recent doctoral graduates are welcomed as Visiting Postdoctoral Fellows.
Visiting Fellows are scholars resident in the School for a specified length of time (up to 12 months) who conduct their own research whilst benefiting from, and contributing to, the research culture within SPAIS.
Please note that we do not offer funding. The School charges an affiliation fee (or ‘bench fee’), the amount of which depends on the length of stay and the type of facilities made available to the Visiting Fellow. Please note that the affiliation/bench fee must be paid prior to the commencement of any visit.
Anyone holding a PhD qualification is eligible to apply for Visiting Fellow status.
Applicants who are citizens of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) should complete the application form below.
Applicants who are citizens of countries outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) should note the additional requirements of UK immigration procedures that need to be completed along with the standard application form below. Please see here for full details of the conditions which non-EEA citizens are required to satisfy in order to enter the UK as a ‘Tier 5 – Sponsored Researcher’.
Visiting Fellows who plan to be resident in Bristol are chosen on the basis of three criteria:
1.Research topic: Of most importance is the close intellectual fit of the proposed research to the School and to individual research interests of staff.
2.Space: In order to provide adequate facilities, we limit the total number of Visiting Fellows.
3.Duration of stay: We may at any one time not have the space to accept a longer stay, but can perhaps accommodate a shorter one.
We ask that all Visiting Fellows present at least one research seminar while they are visiting the School and submit one piece of research to the Working Papers series.
Please note that we will generally require two months to process applications. Applications by non-EEA citizens will require substantially more time and effort on the part of applicants due to immigration procedures – see details on eligibility and the FAQs above.
Dr Adrian Flint,
School of Sociology, Politics, and International Studies,
University of Bristol
4 Priory Road