Programme components and current availability
Essex International Visiting Fellow
This fellowship enables researchers to spend between two and ten weeks at Essex. There are two calls for applications:
1st call for 2023/24
For visiting fellowships between 1 October 2023 and 15 February 2024
- Open from 22 May 2023 and close by midnight 11 August 2023 (UK Time)
2nd call for 2023/24
For visiting fellowships between 16 February 2024 and 31 July 2024
- Open from 11 Sep 2023 and close by midnight 15 December 2023 (UK Time)
Essex International Visiting Fellowships are for researchers based outside the United Kingdom with an excellent track record commensurate with career stage to undertake research at the University of Essex.
The Essex International Visiting Fellowship scheme is open to candidates wishing to develop collaborations with Essex researchers active within the same discipline, or wishing to collaborate in a cross- or inter-disciplinary way with Essex researchers in other areas or disciplines.
Students (e.g. undergraduate students, Master’s students, PhD students, and post-doctoral students) are not eligible for the scheme.
International Visiting Fellows applications must be supported by a senior Essex academic and during their visit, it is expected that a Visiting Fellow will contribute to the wider activity at the University, engaging with a wide cross-section of our research community.
We cannot accept applications for fellowships at our Southend or Loughton Campuses. Should you wish to visit one of these campuses, please see our staff mobility information for other funding opportunities.
Successful applicants who were International Visiting Fellows in the past at Essex are not eligible to apply for another Essex International Visiting Fellowship.
Note: Fellowships which were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic are welcome to reapply.
Please keep in mind that the International Visiting Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis.
An Essex International Visiting Fellowship includes:
- Status of a University International Visiting Fellow
- Economy airfare from the Visiting Fellow’s nominated home airport to a London-based airport and return
- Accommodation in one of the University owned properties off campus in Colchester
- Weekly stipend of £100 per week
Fellows will also meet, to discuss their research and plans for future activities with Essex, with university research leadership - Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research); Dean for Partnerships (Research); Faculty Dean Research.
We also encourage our visiting fellows to connect with some of our early career researchers through the Take a Fellow to lunch programme. This programme enable a group of 4 to 5 PhD students to take a fellow to lunch at the Wivenhoe House Hotel Brasserie to discuss research and careers in research and academia.
How to apply
During your stay, it is anticipated that you will contribute to a number of activities. Fellows are required to:
- Be hosted by a either research group or centre or; a department or School or; one of the Universitiy’s Institutes.
- Have a work plan in place prior to arrival – agreed by host researchers
- Hold at least one research seminar or workshop for PGR students in the host department /centre – per month of stay
- Be available for the “Take a Fellow to lunch” programme
When you apply, you should therefore identify events and activities to which you will contribute to during your stay. The programme of events should aim to incorporate some of the following:
- Presentation of your core research to a targeted audience
- Research and/or training event targeted at PhD students and early career scholars
- Exploration of further collaborative opportunities with groups/individuals
- Interdisciplinary activity aimed at an audience beyond your immediate field of specialism, eg lecture, performance, exhibition, seminar, workshop