UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Academic Visitors Scheme

Opportunities for short and longer-term research visits to UCL SSEES.

SSEES is pleased to offer a small number of funded opportunities for short and longer-term research visits at the School.  The purpose of the Visiting Fellow (three months) and Visiting Scholar (2-4 weeks) Schemes is to further enhance the vibrant research culture of the school, develop and promote links with other universities and scholars, provide the staff and research students at SSEES the opportunity to learn from and work with scholars outside SSEES, and offer external academics the opportunity to carry out research at SSEES as well as initiate and continue collaborations with our staff.

We welcome applications from post-doctoral researchers and senior academics from a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, critical studies, economics, film studies, history, literature, political science, sociology, and Slavonic studies. We expect the visiting fellows and scholars to be working on the SSEES region, i.e. East and Central Europe, and Russia.

Types of Visitor

Visiting Fellows (three months) may spend either Term 1 (September-December) or Term 2 (January-March) at SSEES. There is only one application deadline for this scheme: 15 February.

Visiting Scholars (2-4 weeks) may start at any time during the academic year. There are two deadlines: 15 February for visits taking place September-December the following academic year, and 15 August for visits taking place January-June.

Funding and Support

To support the living and travel expenses of visitors, SSEES provides Visiting Fellows £1000 per month for the duration of their stay, up to 3 months; and Visiting Scholars £250 per week for visits of 2 to 4 weeks. We aim to host two Visiting Fellows and 3-6 Visiting Scholars each academic year. 

Fellows and Scholars will receive a desk space, access to printing facilities, SSEES and UCL library and electronic holdings access, a visa invitation (if needed), and a SSEES mentor/host. Visiting Fellows will also receive a staff card.

Contributing to the SSEES Community

Depending on the length of tenure, the school expects that during the visit period scholars are willing to:

  • deliver a staff seminar about their work or deliver a guest lecture on a module to students
  • attend staff seminars and use the desk space provided
  • write a research blog post (Visiting Scholars and Visiting Fellows)
  • write an end of visit report (Visiting Fellows)

How to apply

Please submit 1) an academic CV, including a list of relevant publications, and 2) a two-page statement of purpose. The statement of purpose should provide clear research objectives, reasons for coming to SSEES and details of the member(s) of staff that the applicant wishes to work with.

We will prioritise academic excellence, the quality of the research plan, and fit of the applicant’s work within SSEES. We aim to ensure a spread across disciplines and geographic areas, as well as gender and seniority of the visiting fellows and scholars.

Applications should be submitted to Michelle Buckman (m.buckman@ucl.ac.uk) by 15:00 on the day of the deadline (London GMT) Late applications will not be considered.

You will be advised, in writing, of the outcome of your application within four weeks of the deadline.

For informal inquiries contact Riitta Valijarvi, Head of Mobility (r.valijarvi@ucl.ac.uk).


The selection committee will consist of the Director, Head of Research, Head of Mobility and a member of academic staff from a different discipline than the Head of Research.  


Other visiting opportunities

UCL has a Special Collections Visiting Fellowship programme. The application deadline is in February each year. The duration of the fellowship is up to six weeks and includes grant to cover some of the cost of travel and accommodation.

You could apply to the UCL Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS) as a non-stipendiary Visiting Research Fellow. You would be able spend between three months and one year at UCL in this scheme and attend seminars at SSEES in addition to the IAS programme. IAS will provide desk space, membership in the IAS community and Common Ground, access to UCL resources including the library, full participation in IAS events (e.g. seminars, workshops and conferences) and a framework in which you can present your research and participate in a research community.  In return, you are asked make a case as to why being at UCL will be beneficial for you and how, in turn, you will contribute to the IAS. The next application deadline is 31 March 2019.

You can come to SSEES through an existing Erasmus+ exchange agreement for 2-5 days to teach parts of a course, deliver lectures or run a seminar. Contact either the Head of Mobility or an academic member of staff at SSEES in the relevant subject field to agree on a teaching programme.

If you would like to collaborate with a member of staff please see their research interests on our People pages.

If you have any questions or queries please get in touch with Dr Riitta Valijarvi, Head of Mobility: r.valijarvi@ucl.ac.uk