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Our International Visiting Research Fellowship scheme has created the opportunity for positive collaborations between our visiting fellows and CHASM members. Here are some reflections from the 2022 fellows.

Applications for the 2024 round are encouraged from international academics with interests aligned with the core CHASM research themes:

  • Wealth, Assets and Inequality
  • Poverty, Precarity, Saving and Debt
  • Risk and Financial Wellbeing in Later Life

The successful applicant(s) will be expected to spend at least 2 weeks at CHASM, University of Birmingham, UK, before the end of September 2024. However, subsequent joint research activity may continue beyond this point.

Access to IT and office space will be provided to Fellows during their stay (if required).

Successful applicants will be expected to:

  1. Undertake research with one (or more) of CHASM’s core members. This work should lead to at least one high quality academic output within 12 months of the completion of the visit, and other outputs that may be applicable to create significant impact from the results of the joint research.
  2. Present a research seminar on a relevant area of their current work during their visit to the Centre as part of the regular CHASM research series or participate as a speaker in one of CHASM’s regularly organised events.
  3. Write a policy relevant blog on a (CHASM-relevant) area of your expertise for publication under the CHASM banner on the CHASM Blog page (see our Blog page for examples of previous blogs).

The successful applicant (or applicants) will receive up to £5000 to cover (economy) airfare, accommodation and research related costs that are included in their proposal. Please note that funding does not cover subsistence costs (i.e. food/drink/local travel) during the duration of the visit to Birmingham.

Selection is based on the applicant's CV and research proposal and on their ability to contribute to CHASM’s current key areas of interest and activity.

For 2024 we welcome applications with a particular focus on financial inclusion, wealth inequality (including gender and wealth inequality) and later life financial security and wellbeing.

To apply, applicants must send by email:

  1. A letter of application, indicating the area you wish to research under the Fellowship and anticipated publication(s), who and how you will collaborate with CHASM academic(s), and their agreed timing to undertake the Fellowship. (Applicants may wish to contact CHASM membersthey would like to work with in advance of applying to seek their support).
  2. A current curriculum vitae that includes at least your full name, current position, institution and full research/publications record.
  3. A brief research proposal detailing work to be undertaken and target outputs (academic and other if applicable) and practical impacts that could be expected from the work (one page maximum will be sufficient).
  4. Outline budget for the trip proposed (confirmation of the proposed budget will be sought before award is confirmed).


Deadline for applications is 31 January 2024.

We expect to notify successful applicants no later than 15 February 2024.

All applications should be made by email to Helen Harris (h.m.a.harris@bham.ac.uk).

For any further details please contact CHASM Director, Louise Overton (l.e.overton@bham.ac.uk).