Visiting scholars

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The School of Education welcomes applications from academic colleagues worldwide to join us as a Visiting Scholar. We undertake interdisciplinary research and scholarship, and collaborate with universities and industry through short-, medium- and long-term partnerships.  

Our Visiting Scholars contribute knowledge and expertise from national and international perspectives, collaborating with staff on research projects, external funding applications, publications and/or through the delivery of workshops or seminars.

Visiting Scholars will work with a named mentor and / other University of Leeds colleagues on a clearly defined project that contributes to the School’s strategic aims and objectives. Regular meetings with the mentor are expected, to ensure timely completion of the project.

Applicants who are seeking agreement of School of Education staff member as a collaborator are advised to make contact via email, explaining the purpose of the proposed visit to Leeds, indicating how this may contribute to the School and research / scholarship interests of the particular member of staff. A list of staff is available here

Timescale, privileges and costs  

Visiting Scholars may stay for a minimum of one week to a maximum of one academic year, that is, from 1 October–30 September. A bench fee is payable, for which Visiting Scholars are granted these privileges for the duration of their visit only: full library membership; access to other university resources; the possibility of auditing modules, that is, attending teaching sessions; and, on request, a desk in a shared office in the School of Education building (currently 4–9 Hillary Place).  The bench fee is currently £3,600 for a full academic year, reduced pro rata. Visiting Scholars are responsible for meeting their own visa, accommodation, travel, subsistence, health and personal insurance costs, as well as any personal family requirements.  

How to apply  

This scheme applies to Visiting Scholar applicants who:

  • Are active academic staff members of another University 
  • Hold a Doctorate qualification (PhD / EdD / DEdPsych) in an education-related field 

Post-graduate researchers may apply via a separate university scheme. For further information, see Visiting Postgraduate Researchers

At the time of application, potential Visiting Scholars must provide:

  • A completed application form available from
  • A clearly defined plan for research / scholarship, deliverable in the timescale for the visit, that contributes to the School’s strategic aims and objectives 
  • Evidence of agreement with a named University of Leeds School of Education mentor / collaborator 
  • A full curriculum vitae 
  • A copy of their passport personal information page  
  • Copies of their degree certificates, in English 
  • A letter of recommendation from their Head of Department, confirming support for the visit  
  • Evidence of sufficient funding to pay the bench fee and support all living costs in Leeds

Applications comprising all the above documents should be submitted to The School’s Executive Management Team will make a final decision regarding acceptance of applications. The Head of School or a nominated deputy will notify applicants of the outcome within a few weeks of receipt.  

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