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Visiting Scholars Programme

We welcome applications to our Visiting Scholars Programme. We are widely-acknowledged to be one of the leading Education Departments in the UK and in the world, and over the years we have hosted a great number of visiting scholars.

You will be based at Durham for a period from a month to a year. We give preference to applications from scholars who will engage in research with academics working in related fields, and we therefore strongly advise you to review our academic staff page and make contact with a potential academic mentor.  You will be expected to pursue a specific research project with us and both to deliver and participate in research seminars. Shared office space, a computer terminal and access to our library facilities may be available depending on resource constraints.

During teaching periods you may also attend courses taught within the School. The attendance of courses will not be credit bearing.

We do not provide financial support for travel, accommodation or subsistence and you will be responsible for ensuring that you have the correct travel documentation, including visas.

Admissions Criteria

Because of the large number of applications we receive each year, we are unable to accommodate all those who express interest in visiting for research purposes. In selecting applicants for Visiting Scholar status, our Research Committee considers the nature of the applicant's proposal (including the anticipated research output(s)), the expected duration of their research, prior academic experience and the contribution that the visit will make to the research environment of the School of Education. You are also expected to be affiliated with a university, research institute or governmental programme in your home country. This scheme is not available to PhD researchers, and if you are currently a postgraduate research student, please visit our information to Visiting Research Students.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Every attempt will be made to provide a decision within six to eight weeks of submission of the application. We strongly recommend you apply well in advance of your proposed visit dates.

Please see the Visiting scholars policy and application procedure for details on how to apply and complete the Visiting scholars application form


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