International Visiting Research Fellowships

The School of Law and Social Justice, comprising the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology and the Liverpool Law School, is an internationally renowned centre for innovative, multidisciplinary research with a distinct expertise in and commitment to social justice issues. Over 100 academics are engaged in this vibrant research environment which is supported by 10 dynamic research clusters and which maintains strong links with practitioners, NGOs and other local community groups.

The School is also renowned for fostering excellence, innovation and interdisciplinary dialogue in research methods through the engage@liverpool initiative. As well as offering year-round methods training events, engage@liverpool enables people from very different disciplines to share and develop leading methodological approaches to a range of research issues.

School of Law and Social Justice - International Visiting Research Fellowships

As part of its commitment to nurturing international research partnerships, the School of Law and Social Justice is funding up to 6 incoming International Visiting Research Fellowships up until July 2018.

The scheme aims to attract established academics from non-UK countries to undertake a period of research and develop collaborations with existing staff and/or research clusters within the School. Particular preference will be given to scholars with a strong international profile who will contribute in a distinctive way to the research environment of the School.

While there is no fixed period for the fellowships, applications for placements of less than 2 weeks’ duration will not normally be considered.

Applicants should be of postdoctoral status or have equivalent experience.

  • What the School offers to Fellows


    An International Visiting Research Fellowship within the School of Law and Social Justice provides scholars with the opportunity to develop their ideas in a thriving research community. Each Fellow will receive:

    • funding that may be used for travel, accommodation or subsistence up to a maximum of £2,500;
    • full access to the Liverpool University library services and all other University services, including the sports facilities;
    • office space within the School which is located on the south side of the University campus and only a short distance (10 minutes’ walk) from Liverpool city centre;
    • An opportunity to participate in all of the research activities of the School, including those of the cluster's relevant to his or her research.
  • What Fellows will be expected to contribute to the School


    Fellows will be expected to make a distinctive contribution to the research culture of the School. As a minimum this will include the following:

    • present a work-in-progress lecture or seminar;
    • participate actively in the research events and activities of the School/research cluster, commensurate with their research;
    • develop collaborative links through research, joint publications and/or joint application/s for research funding with School staff;
    • acknowledge School of Law and Social Justice support in any publications or other outputs resulting from their Fellowship;
    • produce an ‘End of Fellowship’ report (of no more than 1,000 words) detailing their activities and achievements;
    • Fellows will be expected to organise their own living accommodation.
  • Criteria for Awarding Fellowships


    Applications will be assessed by a panel of senior academic staff from the School of Law and Social Justice on the following basis:

    • intrinsic academic interest/importance of the proposed enquiry;
    • standing of the proposed visitor;
    • quality of the submitted proposal and its anticipated synergies with the research priorities of the School;
    • interest of the visit to a range of researchers and postgraduates;
    • interaction proposed in addition to the specialist research undertaken;
    • likelihood of significant outcomes such as external funding, joint publications and potential long-term research partnerships;
    • contribution to the University’s international research profile;
    • balance of Law and Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology applications spread across both departments.