Visiting from abroad
At any one time we have a number of visitors in our Department, whose
participation is greatly beneficial to our research culture. We welcome
applications from prospective postdoctoral Fellows and from potential visiting
scholars to join our Department.
Most of our visiting scholars work at overseas universities and wish to spend
a period of research leave in our Department.
Applying to visit our Department
Your application to visit our Department will depend on the support of a
member of our staff acting as 'host' or 'mentor'. If you are interested in
applying please contact a member of our Department in the first instance whose
research interests overlap with yours and who may be willing to act as your
host/mentor. This is the first step in the process for all applicants.
Once you have found a prospective host, please forward them your Curriculum
Vitae and a letter of request. This should indicate why you want to come to our
Department, what you wish to do while you are here, the benefits for you and for
us, and provide details of when you wish to come and for how long. Please note
that we have no financial resources for supporting visitors and can only
provide, if your application is successful, shared office space and access to
the internet and university library for a limited period of usually not more
than six months.
Your application will then be considered by the Research Committee, which
meets once a term, so please contact us well in advance of when you might want
Normally Postdoctoral fellows will have recently completed their PhD and wish
to pursue further study, financed by a formal funding body, whose support they
may already have secured. We welcome applications from Postdoctoral fellows who
have secured funding and wish to pursue their studies in our Department.
Please note that we have no departmental financial resources for supporting
non-funded post-doctoral study. Funding to support your study must therefore
come from an external source. We are unable to accept applications for a formal
position as visitor or fellow in our Department from pre-award postdoctoral
Applying to visit our Department
If you already have funding you will need the support of a member of staff,
acting as a 'mentor' in order for us to consider your application. Please
contact a member of our Department who has similar research interests as
yourself in the first instance and to discuss whether they'd be willing to
If you do not have funding but would like a member of our Department to be
your prospective mentor on your application for post-doctoral funding please
contact them directly.
Please make it clear at the outset (when you make initial contact with a
potential mentor) whether you are already in receipt of a fellowship or whether
you wish to apply for a Fellowship through the University of Essex.
In all cases you will need to prepare the following documentation:
- research proposal and plan;
- curriculum Vitae and the names of two referees;
- if you have already secured funding then you should include a copy of
the proposal you submitted.
These should be sent to your proposed mentor.
Applications for postdoctoral fellowships will then be considered by a
sub-committee of our Department's Research Committee which meets once a term. So
please contact us well in advance
of when you might want to come.