The School welcomes applications from individual researchers based outside of the UK, who are interested in pursuing research and making links with the School, in any field of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences that corresponds with the School’s research interests.
Visiting Scholars may apply to join the School for a period of normally up to one year. During their stay they are attached to a research cluster / group that shares their research interests, but do not register for a formal academic qualification.
Visiting Scholars are encouraged to attend and participate in the academic activities of the School. All activities are conducted in English and prospective Scholars should therefore have a good command of written and spoken English.
Visiting Scholars are usually asked to present a paper about their research to the School during their time in Birmingham.
Fees & Entitlements
Visiting Scholars are expected to be self-funding, as the position offers no financial remuneration from the University. In addition, services will be normally charged for depending upon the length of stay of the Scholar and the purpose of their visit.
During their stay in Birmingham, Scholars are entitled to:
University ID card, allowing access to all University staff and student facilities
Full use of the University libraries and computing facilities
Desk space within the School and use of the School’s research facilities (please note that sole use of a desktop computer is not guaranteed)
Opportunities to discuss research with staff in the School
Advice on preparing papers for publication
Attendance at all open seminars and public lectures in the University
Residential accommodation on the University campus is limited and applicants for Visiting Scholar status should not rely on its availability. However, the School can provide help and advice in finding alternative local accommodation.
Visiting Scholars are expected to make their own arrangements regarding visas / work permits, travel, insurance and health / vaccinations.
Applications and Further Information
Applications, which can be submitted at any time of the year, should be made using the Visiting Scholar’s application form (Word Doc - 58KB) and should be accompanied by a full CV and a letter of reference from the applicant’s current head of department or employer. See our guidelines and further information (Word Doc - 31KB). Applicants are also encouraged to contact members of staff in the School to seek their support before making an application. This will help to ensure that the proposed research area concurs with current research interests and expertise within the School.
Completed applications should be sent to:
Professor Ian Fairchild
Director of Research
School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences
The University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2TT
Applicants will be advised as soon as possible of the outcome of their application.