The Department of Science and Technology Studies, UCL is an interdisciplinary centre for the integrated study of science's history, philosophy, sociology, communication and policy, located in the heart of London. Founded in 1921. Award winning for teaching and research, plus for our public engagement programme. Rated as outstanding by students at every level.

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Fellowship opportunities

This page provides definitions for the various unpaid fellowship roles available to scholars. Application procedures are at the bottom of this page.

Types of appointments

Honorary Research Associates

Honorary Research Associates (HRA) contribute to the intellectual life of the department in less formal ways. Normally HRAs are academic researchers seeking simple research courtesies of an academic institution in London. Applicants must contribute to the intellectual life of the Department and must have a sponsor from among the academic staff. HRAs are expected to be self-sufficient and to require no departmental resource. These appointments tend to be fixed-term, lasting one or more years, and renewal is subject to Departmental approval.

A directory of current HRAs is here.

Appointments of Honorary Senior Research Associate are made on the same basis to those holding appointments equivalent to UCL's Professor rank.

Honorary facilities

If we do accept you as an Honorary Research Asociate, you can expect that normally we will provide you with:

· Full access to UCL library resources including e-resources.

· Full access to UCL ICT facilities (using a dedicated login and password), including access to ICT clusters (shared computer rooms) and Eduroam wifi.

· Access to the vibrant UCL STS research community, for example via participation in research seminars and reading groups.

· Access to Graduate School or Staff training courses offered within UCL.

Honorary expectations

 In turn we will expect you to:

· Abide by UCL policies, especially those to do with ethical research conduct, copyright and the appropriate use of UCL facilities.

· Acknowledge UCL STS appropriately in any publications which arise from the period of your appointment.

· Contribute positively to the research culture and life of STS and any research cluster to which you are attached during your visit. 

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Academic affiliates or visitors

Academic affiliates or visitors are appointments for academics from overseas who wish to spend a period at UCL, normally of not less than four weeks and not more than one calendar year, pursuing their own research either individually or in association with members of staff of UCL in related fields of interest. 

Fees normally are charged (details). As space is limited we are unable to accept all those wishing to visit and work with us; our priority is focused on applicants whose research interests fit most closely with those of our academic staff. We encourage the visiting researchers we do accept to work with their hosts in advance to develop an agreed research work plan for their visit, which brings clear benefits to both parties.

Visitor facilities

If we do accept you as a visitor to UCL STS, you can expect that normally we will provide you with:

· Full access to UCL library resources including e-resources.

· Full access to UCL ICT facilities (using a dedicated login and password), including access to ICT clusters (shared computer rooms) and Eduroam wifi.

· A research mentor or supervisor (‘host’) from the permanent academic staff in STS, who will act as your main point of contact for planning your visit and throughout your time with us. You can expect to see your host on a weekly basis for a supervision meeting or discussion (or as otherwise agreed between you on a mutually convenient basis).

· Some working space within STS, usually in the form of access to shared desks (‘hotdesking’) in the Teaching Fellows’ Room.

· Induction and orientation when you arrive in STS, including health and safety.

· Access to the vibrant UCL STS research community, for example via participation in research seminars and reading groups.

· Access to Graduate School or Staff training courses offered within UCL.

Visitor expectations

 In turn we will expect you to:

· Abide by UCL procedures, especially those to do with ethical research conduct, copyright and the appropriate use of UCL facilities.

· Acknowledge UCL STS appropriately in any publications which arise from the period of your visit to us.

· Contribute positively to the research culture and life of STS and any research cluster to which you are attached during your visit.

· Make at least one research seminar presentation to the staff and students of STS (dependent upon the duration and timing of your stay).

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Visiting research students (PhD)

You must be registered as a doctoral student in another university. Please contact the STS PhD programme tutor (sts-phd@ucl.ac.uk).

Students currently enrolled on a PhD overseas can apply to study at UCL as a ‘visiting research student’ to conduct research here towards your PhD overseas. You can apply to spend 3 to 12 months at UCL undertaking research which is complementary to the doctoral/PhD project at your 'home' university. The relevant procedures in this case are provided on UCL’s webpages here. Fees normally are charged.

Note that if you wish to apply for doctoral study in STS you should not apply as a visiting student, but you must apply through the normal graduate research routes: see here.

Research fellows

Research Fellows normally reside in the Department in long-term collaborative projects with academic staff and provide funds to cover full economic costs. Applicants must contribute to the intellectual life of the Department and must have a sponsor from among the academic staff. These appointments tend to be fixed-term, lasting one or more years, and renewal is subject to Departmental approval.

Application processes

To apply for Honorary Research Associate status please download and complete the application form (link) and return it to Alasdair Tatam (a.tatam@ucl.ac.uk) along with an up to date CV.

Please note that the form can only be processed if all sections are completed. It is required that all applicants have support from a member of academic staff, please ensure the staff member concerned has agreed to this before putting them down.

If you are interested in academic affiliate or research fellow status please contact Dr Simon Werrett (s.werrett@ucl.ac.uk) in the first instance. Space is very limited and prior to any application it is necessary to establish if your request is feasible.
If we choose to take your application forward, we will help you make a formal application through UCL’s procedures, and it is only after the formal application has been considered that you will receive a formal decision about whether we can offer you a place. A formal offer can only be made through formal department channels. These processes can take several weeks, so please allow enough time. 

If you are a non-EU resident you will also need to make a visa application and this too can take time.

Page last modified on 05 sep 14 09:57 by Alasdair Tatam


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