Visiting scholars programme

We have a diverse and active international visiting scholars programme, hosting visiting researchers from around the world in key areas of academic interest.

This scheme is aimed at academics working in a higher education institution in their home country who wish to conduct an independent research project during their stay in Manchester.

Researchers in the School embrace theoretically-informed empirical research, from a platform of eight departments. Alongside the big three social sciences (Economics, Politics and Sociology), Social Statistics is a key element of our research and teaching strategy, giving us an international comparative advantage in quantitative research methods and techniques accompanying fundamental pedagogic research in “statistical literacy”. 

The School has an independent Social Anthropology department which privileges ethnographic techniques and the co-production of knowledge across the globe. The Philosophy Department explores inter alia, metaphysics, aesthetics and environmental justice. The department of Criminology has an international reputation for its research on domestic abuse, drugs and violence. Finally, the Law department investigates the areas of healthcare law and ethics, governance, and international law.

You can find much more detail on the work of the School on our Research webpages.

We make strategic appointments of visiting scholars which reflect our priority research areas to applicants who commit time in residence working in our research community. Working in collaboration with our own world-leading researchers, visiting scholars ensure a vibrant exchange of ideas and facilitate the development of innovative methodological approaches.

The School welcomes applications from leading researchers who will be working with our own research scholars on specific projects. There are limited places available and unfortunately, we do not have spaces available for those who simply wish to attach themselves to the School, or a particular department, without a clear research connection to School-based individual academic research projects.  


Visiting Scholars are expected to participate in the research life of the host department/institute during their stay, including:

  • attending most departmental research seminars;
  • presenting their work to the relevant research seminar;
  • working collaboratively with School-based researchers to produce journal articles, research proposals, grant applications, etc.

For these reasons, it is important that visiting scholars be present for the full duration of the visit (with some exceptions for occasional conference attendance).

Fees and benefits

Scholars may visit for one semester, one year, or for a few weeks. Scholars are expected to be fully self-funding. 

Fees are £2,500/full year, £1,000/Autumn and Spring semester only (12 weeks), or £100/week.

We welcome applications from researchers who do not have access to funding (from their own institutions or from research grants) to cover our standard bench fee. If this applies to you, please briefly explain on the application form; your application will be considered without regard to your ability to pay.

The School will offer a welcome pack, desk space, staff card, library access, some printing facilities and access to events organised by the School. If required, the School will provide a letter of acceptance to the visiting scholars programme to assist with visa arrangements. For all other visa enquiries, applicants need to contact the UK Border Agency, you will need to make your own arrangements for travel and accommodation.

We are strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity. Our programme aims to be as inclusive as possible, and we welcome applications from scholars from all backgrounds and career stages who will be able to pursue high-quality research and engage with existing researchers within the School. 

How to apply

  • If you wish to apply as a visiting scholar you must be nominated by a School-based researcher. Ideally, you will have a connection with a scholar already in place.
  • Once you have a connection this person will be your nominator, they will complete the application form which includes a brief description of the project (which it is expected you will assist with as well as providing your personal details). Particular attention needs to be paid to ATAS implications Export Control. The application will also include a statement of support from the nominator/co-researcher, a one page CV, two references and a scanned copy of your Passport/ National ID. The complete application will then be sent by your nominator to  
  • The application and supporting documents will then be considered by the School Research Director and the School Internationalisation Lead. Any queries will be raised with your nominator.
  • If approved by the School Research Director and School Internationalisation Lead, the application will be then sent to HR for approval.
  • Once HR have approved a formal invitation will be issued with a Visitor Agreement document
  • Once the Visitor Agreement form is completed and returned it will be forwarded to HR who will then set you up on the system ready for your visit.
  • If you need a visa for the visit, you can then make the necessary arrangements. See useful information.

Please submit your completed application form and supporting documents at least 3 months before your intended visit.