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Visiting Research Fellows

The Birkbeck Institute for Social Research (BISR) welcomes applications to join the Institute as Visiting Research Fellows from established academics from outside the UK whose research is relevant to BISR.

Our Approach to Social Research

Bringing together researchers from across disciplines, our distinctively critical and socially engaged approach to social research can broadly be organised into five themes:

  • social, psychosocial and feminist theory and methods
  • social movements, citizenship, policy and participation
  • subjectivity, intimacy, life-course and home
  • place, nation and environment
  • media, culture, communication and learning

Part of BISR’s remit is to foster interdisciplinary social research and we work within and across the disciplines of sociology, geography, politics, history, law, applied linguistics, communication and media studies, anthropology, education and social policy, and we have particularly strong commitments to the transdisciplinary fields of psychosocial studies, gender, sexuality and queer studies, development and post-colonial studies.

BISR also hosts Birkbeck: Gender and Sexuality (BiGS) and a number of Working Groups that bring together social researchers from across disciplines to explore a particular issue, question or perspective with a view to developing a relevant programme of research. We currently host six groups:

      We particularly welcome applications from social researchers who are conducting research in these areas and can connect directly with one or more of the working groups

      What we offer Visiting Research Fellows

      BISR Visiting Research Fellowships last from a minimum of ten weeks up to a maximum of one year.  We offer the opportunity to connect with leading academics in social research at Birkbeck, University of London and to disseminate your research to BISR’s academic community through a seminar at Birkbeck and a blog post on our pages. In addition we provide office space shared with another Visiting Fellow, and library access.

      We are able to host two Visiting Fellows at any one time.

      How to Apply

      Our annual call for applications is currently open. To apply please complete the BISR 2018-19 Visiting Fellowship application form and email it to the Manager Madisson Brown at  by Wednesday 28 February 2018.

      If you have any queries please get in touch at