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Visiting Scholars Programme

The School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast welcomes applications to its Visiting Scholars Programme. The School is a globally recognised law school with acknowledged international excellence in public law; constitutional law; corporate governance; commercial law; environmental law; human rights; criminology and criminal justice; and common law and private law. The School of Law's Visiting Scholars Programme seeks to bring a diverse range of exceptional visiting scholars to Queen’s University Belfast from around the world. The School is keen to support and welcomes applications in particular from scholars from central or Eastern Europe, Africa, India or China.

There are three categories of visiting researcher recognised by the University:

Visiting Research Professor – for those who have a professorial standing in terms of research experience

Visiting Research Fellow – for those who hold a doctorate or equivalent qualification or who have more than five years’ research experience.

Visiting Research Associate – for those who do not hold a doctorate or who have less than five years’ research experience.

In all cases, the candidate is required to be working in collaboration with, or under the supervision of, a member of University academic staff for a fixed period of time.

Application Process

All applicants who wish to be considered for a Visiting Research position must be nominated by a member of academic staff in the School. The nominating staff member must complete the ‘Nomination Form for Visiting Research Titles’ for recommendation by the Head of School and onward approval by Academic Affairs. The Nomination Form is available here:

Once your Application is accepted, you will be offered desk space and library access. All visitors are welcome to attend the many public events at the School of Law, including the visiting speaker series, public lectures, and other events. Details of which are available here

The School may be in a position to assist with travel and accommodation expenses in exceptional cases. Applications from self-funded scholars are welcomed.

Please note that the School does not provide assistance on immigration and work visas. Scholars are responsible for ensuring that they have the correct travel documentation to visit the UK, including visas.