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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.

      International researchers interested in applying for a fellowship should, in the first instance, identify which members of Birkbeck staff they would like to work with during their proposed fellowship and contact them to ascertain if they are willing to act as nominator for the application. Staff emails and research interests can be found on their individual departmental profiles. Each application requires at least one academic from Birkbeck to act as a nominator, and a written supporting statement from this individual.

      Once a nominator has been agreed, applicants should contact BISR Manager Lou Miller to request the relevant forms. The forms should be completed electronically and then passed on to the supporting Birkbeck staff member along with a one-page CV. The supporting staff member/s should add their statement/s before submitting it, along with the applicant's CV to the BISR Manager Lou Miller.

      Applications must be submitted by your supporting Birkbeck member of staff from one of our three funding schools (Arts, Law and SSHP).


      Confirmation of receipt will be provided for all applications. If you do not receive this, please contact the office on 0207 631 6612 to make sure your application has been received.

      If you have any questions about the BISR Visiting Fellowship scheme, please contact Lou Miller.