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STS 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 available.

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

Honorary facilities
Honorary expectations

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. 

Affiliate fees are normally charged. 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
Visitor expectations

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 Visiting Research Student webpages. Fees are normally 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.

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

If you are interested in academic affiliate or research fellow status please contact Susan Walsh (susan.walsh@ucl.ac.uk), STS Research and Finance Administrator.

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.

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.