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Visiting fellowships

The Birkbeck Institute for Social Research welcomes applications from established researchers based outside the UK whose focus is relevant to the BISR and who wish to visit Birkbeck in order to collaborate with colleagues here. 

CURRENT VISITING RESEARCH FELLOWS

The BISR Visiting Research Fellow programme for the academic year 2021-22 is under review while we await UK government guidelines on COVID-19 and social distancing. However, expressions of interest and enquiries are welcomed.

BISR APPROACH AND THEMES

  • 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.
  • 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 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 Fellows are given the opportunity to connect with leading academics in social research at Birkbeck. Working closely with the BISR manager, fellows will be supported in the organisation of lectures, seminars, and workshops designed specifically to promote and disseminate their research to BISR's academic community and beyond. 
  • Fellows will be given dedicated office space, with a computer and printer, and library access for the duration of their stay.
  • Fellowships can last from a minimum of 10 weeks up to a maximum of one year. 
  • Birkbeck Institute for Social Research Visiting Research Fellowships are not funded.
  • We are able to host one Visiting Fellow at any given time.
  • If you have any questions about the BISR Visiting Fellowship scheme, please .

HOW TO APPLY

  • 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 support 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  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 .
  • Applications must be submitted by your supporting Birkbeck member of staff from one of our three funding schools (Arts, Law and Social Sciences, History and Philosophy).
  • Confirmation of receipt will be provided for all applications. If you do not receive this, please email to make sure your application has been received.

PAST VISITING RESEARCH FELLOWS

2017-18

2016-17

2015-16

2014-15

2013-14

2012-13

2011-12

2009-10

2008-09

2007-08

BRITISH PSYCHOANALYTICAL SOCIETY/BIRKBECK FELLOWSHIP SCHEME

This scheme, which has now ended, allowed a distinguished psychoanalyst, nominated jointly by Birkbeck, University of London and the British Psychoanalytical Society, to hold a fractional appointment as a Visiting Fellow at the College.

2012-13

  • Dr David Bell

2011-12

2010-11

  • Gregorio Kohon

2009-10

  • Ignes Sodre