Information for visiting researchers

View of Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol 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 Researchers and recent doctoral graduates are welcomed as Visiting Postdoctoral Researchers.

Visiting Researchers 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.

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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.  Please note that the affiliation/bench fee must be paid prior to the commencement of any visit.

For an affiliation/bench fee of £1000 per term / £3000 per year (or pro rata) + VAT as applicable, we provide shared office space, library and email/network access, and access to all School events, workshops, and research seminars.  Visitors in this category are encouraged to bring laptop computers which can be used at wireless areas around the University.

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Who is eligible to apply for Visiting Researcher status?

Anyone holding a PhD qualification is eligible to apply for Visiting Researcher 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’.

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Visiting Researchers who plan to be resident in Bristol are chosen on the basis of the following criteria:


We ask that all Visiting Researchers  present at least one research seminar while they are visiting the School and submit one piece of research to the Working Papers series.

Frequently Asked Questions ( word.doc) (Office document, 35kB)

Application Form ( word.doc) (Office document, 45kB)

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.

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Keren Durant, School Manager
School of Sociology, Politics, and International Studies,
University of Bristol
11 Priory Road
United Kingdom