Online International Visiting Research Fellowship Programme 2022-23

Please note - we are not currently taking applications for Online Fellowships.

As part of its commitment to nurturing international research partnerships, the School of Law and Social Justice is inviting applications for its incoming Online International Visiting Research Fellowships. The scheme aims to attract academics from non-UK countries to develop or extend collaborations with existing staff and/or research clusters within the School. In line with our Internationalisation Strategy, we are particularly interested in establishing and enhancing sustainable and inclusive collaborations with academics in the global south.

The scheme has been introduced in the context of Covid-19 to foster international collaboration regardless of current restrictions on international travel. Applicants can either apply for wholly online participation in the programme or participate online with first refusal to join the School of Law and Social Justice as an international visiting research fellow in-person, if and when circumstances allow for that scheme to be re-launched.

Current Visiting Fellows

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Read the profiles of some of our current and recent Visiting Fellows.

    About the School of Law and Social Justice

    The School of Law and Social Justice, comprising the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology (SSPC) 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 nine dynamic research clusters and housed within a newly refurbished state-of-the-art building, designed sensitively around our research and impact needs. We pride ourselves on our strong links with academics, practitioners, policy makers, intergovernmental organisations and civil society across the world, enabling us to produce research of the highest quality and relevance. The School is also renowned for fostering excellence, innovation and interdisciplinary dialogue in research methods through the engage@liverpool initiative. This offers year-round methods training events and enables people from very different disciplines to share and develop leading methodological approaches to a range of research issues.

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, our research community continues to thrive online. The Law School has hosted a wide-range of online lectures, seminars and discussions with prominent researchers, while research clusters maintain their strong ethos of research support through online staff seminars and feedback groups.


    Applicants should be of postdoctoral status or have equivalent experience and must have the support of an academic member of staff (Law / SSPC) based permanently in the School of Law and Social Justice. That academic member of staff will be responsible for virtually hosting the visiting fellow if successful.

    All applications are invited but we particularly welcome those that seek to build collaborations in anticipation of an application to the Global Challenges Research Fund.

    While there is no fixed period for the fellowships, applications for placements of under two weeks will not normally be considered.

    Benefits for Visiting Fellow

    Each Fellow will receive:

    - Funding of up to £250 to be used for additional resources to enhance participation in, and the benefit of, the online fellowship scheme e.g. physical or e-books related to the applicant’s project, additional access to the Internet, or software that would facilitate online participation in the Scheme

    Additional funding may be available for enhanced support for collaborators from institutions and regions with more limited resources. The final sum awarded will be at the discretion of the School of Law and Social Justice

    Full access to the Liverpool University library services and all other University services.

    - An opportunity to participate in all of the research activities of the School, including but not limited to:

    > Nominated SLSJ sponsor for one to one exchange of ideas in areas of mutual research interest

    > Online presentation of Visiting Fellow’s research to School of Law and Social Justice staff at staff seminar series with opportunities for feedback

    > Access to the wider staff seminar series to hear about and feed back on the research of others

    > Online presentation to relevant research cluster, with opportunities for feedback

    > Access to all other research cluster activity such as internal reading groups, external seminars

    > Opportunity to send pre-recorded presentations/slides/written papers for comment to research cluster members or SLSJ staff members more generally

    > Opportunity to provide comments on cluster members’ working papers/pre-recorded presentations

    > Online presentation at public seminar or lecture

    > Access to all SLSJ research-related events

    > Access to SLSJ live networking events with other Visiting Fellows, SLSJ staff and doctoral students

    > Access to discussion board events with other Visiting Fellows, SLSJ staff and doctoral students.

    Expected Contributions to the School of Law and Social Justice

    Fellows will be expected to develop new or extend existing research collaborations with staff or clusters in the School and their own Institution. This will include but is not limited to:

    > presenting a work-in-progress lecture or seminar

    > participating actively in the research events and activities of the School/research cluster, commensurate with their research

    > developing or extending collaborative links, via for example, joint publications and/or joint application/s for research funding e.g. the Global Challenges Research Fund

    > acknowledging School of Law and Social Justice support in any publications or other outputs resulting from their Fellowship

    > writing a short reflective blogpost on the virtual online fellowship for the School of Law and Social Justice blog.

    producing an ‘End of Fellowship’ report (of no more than 1,000 words) detailing their activities and achievements during the Fellowship.

How to apply

Applicants should submit a completed application form, addressing the following points:

  • A short summary of research expertise and reasons for the online fellowship
  • A detailed outline of proposed activities for the duration of the visit
  • How the online visiting fellowship will contribute to your own research plans
  • How your visiting fellowship will contribute to the research culture of the School of Law and Social Justice (e.g. additional opportunities for exchanges of ideas, contributions to staff or doctoral research training, development of collaborations)
  • Details of the envisaged outcomes arising from the fellowship (e.g. external funding, joint publications and potential long-term research partnerships)
  • A breakdown of projected costs (e.g. for additional online resources to facilitate participation)
  • Those applicants who would also like to participate in the in-person International Visiting Fellowship scheme if and when it recommences should indicate this in their application. Discretionary funding (approx. £2500) will be available under this Scheme if and when it is relaunched.
  • Applications should include a supporting statement from their collaborating partner based in the School of Law and Social Justice (see the  /  staff pages)

Applications (when open) and a summary CV should be e-mailed to by one of the given deadlines. Please note, however, we are not currently accepting applications for the Online Fellowships.

Applications (when open) will be assessed by a panel of senior academic staff from the School of Law and Social Justice and applicants will be notified of the outcome within approximately one month.



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Self-funded track

Find out more about applying for non-funded Visiting Fellowships.

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Funded track

Find out about how to apply for our funded Visiting Fellowships.

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Fellowships homepage

Head to the Visiting Fellowships homepage for general information about the scheme and to view all study options.