Visiting Study Fellows
Visiting Research Fellow and Study Fellow appointments are intended to help development professionals, practitioners and academics to advance their research, while strengthening links with partner institutions globally.
Visiting Study Fellows are typically government officials, development practitioners or academics in the early stages of their career, who wish 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.
Students are not eligible to apply for Visiting Study Fellow status. If you have not yet completed your PhD, please refer to the Visiting Research Students scheme.
We can only accept a few among many applications each year. Preference is given to applicants who are working in areas that have strong overlaps with current IDS research. This maximises the benefits for all parties, so strengthening the basis for future collaboration.
You’ll have formally recognised status as a member of IDS. You’ll have access to all IDS facilities (library, seminars, etc.) and are encouraged to take an active part in the life of the Institute. You may be asked to give an occasional seminar or to contribute to the teaching programme.
Office space at IDS is limited. Where space permits, a hot-desk system in an open-plan office is available (£55 a month). Computers with Microsoft Office and internet access are included in this cost. Wifi is available throughout most of the building.
Secretarial assistance is not provided. You’ll be responsible for covering the costs of all external telephone calls. Photocopying/printing credits can be purchased if required.
Fees and funding
A fee is 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 Visiting Study Fellows during their stay at IDS.
Visa and related formalities
We’ll provide a letter of invitation and appointment to help you make visa arrangements. However, we are unable to provide special advice and assistance in this area. We recommend that you seek advice from the office of the British Council in your home country.
You’re responsible for finding accommodation for your stay (apart from the first week when accommodation will be arranged, if required, either in IDS accommodation if available or in a guest house in Brighton). You’re responsible for the cost of all accommodation.
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 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. We strongly recommend that you organise travel insurance prior to your departure to the UK.
How to Apply
Contact Gemma Males to discuss your requirements.
By applying to the Visiting Fellows scheme you agree to abide by the IDS_Code_of_Conduct..
Queries about the Visiting Fellows scheme should be directed to Gemma Males.