Study Fellows at IDS

Study Fellows are typically government officials, academics in the early stages of their career, or research students who come to IDS to pursue guided, non-degree study, research or writing in their area of special interest. A flexible programme of work is agreed between the Study Fellow and the member of IDS who will supervise them.

In addition to these arrangements for individual Study Fellows, specially designed Short Courses and Training for groups from particular organisations or countries can be arranged.

Research students who are currently registered as a postgraduate degree student at another institution are not eligible to apply for Study Fellow status, but can instead apply to be a Visiting Student.

The basic arrangements

The normal minimum length of a visit is one month, and the maximum is three months. Shorter or longer visits will be considered.

Visits may start at any time that is consistent with achieving effective interaction with the supervising Fellow at IDS.

Study Fellows have a formally recognised status as members of the Institute. They have full access to all IDS facilities (library, seminars, etc.) and are encouraged to take an active part in the life of the Institute.

The Study Fellowship Co-ordinator will explain IDS administrative procedures and offer advice on practical aspects of living in the Brighton/Lewes area.

Fees and Funding

A fee will be payable to cover the cost of supervision by IDS academic staff. This will vary according to the agreed programme of study. Unfortunately, IDS cannot provide funds to help support Study Fellows during their stay at IDS.

Visa and related formalities

IDS will provide a letter of invitation and appointment to help Study Fellows make visa arrangements. However, we are unable to provide special advice and assistance in this area. We recommend that the visitors seek advice from the office of the British Council in their home country.


It is the responsibility of the visitor to find accommodation for their stay and cover all associated costs.

See the Accommodation web page for more details.


All visitors have access to the IDS Library.

Office space at IDS is very limited. Where space permits, a hot-desk system in an open-plan office is available (£55 a month). Computers are included in the cost. IDS computers are IBM compatible and include Microsoft Office and internet access. For those Visiting Fellows who have personal laptops, wifi is available throughout most of the building.

Secretarial assistance is not provided. All external telephone calls are to be paid for by the Study Fellow and photocopying/printing credits can be purchased if required.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is essential and must cover medical expenses. Guidance on NHS charges for NHS hospital care can be found on the UK Department of Health website. Please refer to their website or seek advice from the IDS Study Fellowship Coordinator, Gemma Males.

We strongly recommend that you organise this prior to your departure to the UK.

How to Apply

Applicants should in the first instance contact the Study Fellowship Co-ordinator, Liz O'Brien, to discuss their requirements. Contact details are given below.


All enquiries about the Study Fellowship programme should be sent to the Study Fellowship Co-ordinator, Gemma Males.