UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Academic Visitors Scheme

Opportunities for short and longer term research visits to SSEES.

Important notice

Due to the pandemic, we have temporarily suspended the scheme. We will be accepting applications for short and long-term visits for Spring term 2022. The next application deadline for both schemes is 15 August 2021. 

 SSEES offers a small number of funded opportunities for short and longer term research visits to the School.  

Our academic visitors scheme aims is to further enrich our research culture, develop and promote links with other universities and scholars, provide the staff and research students at SSEES with the opportunity to learn from and work with scholars outside SSEES, and offer external academics the opportunity to undertake research at SSEES as well as initiate and continue collaborations with our staff.

We welcome applications from early (including postdoctoral researchers), mid and senior career academics from a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, critical studies, economics, film studies, history, literature, political science, sociology, and Slavonic studies. We expect that all visiting fellows and scholars will be actively researching the 'SSEES region' (East and Central Europe, and Russia). We regret that PhD students are not eligible for this programme. 

Types of Visitor

We offer two visiting options:

Visiting Fellows (up to 3 months) may spend either Term 1 (September to December) or Term 2 (January to March) with us. There is only one application deadline for visiting fellowships per year and for visits in the 2020/21 academic year this is the 15th February 2020.

Visiting Scholars (between 2 to 4 weeks) may start at any time during the academic year and there are two application deadlines per year:

  •  15 February for visits taking place between September and December (Term 1) the following academic year; &
  •  15 August for visits taking place between January and June (Terms 2 and 3).

We also welcome queries from self-funded scholars who are interested in coming to SSEES outside the scheme.

Funding & Support

To support the living and travel expenses of visitors whilst at SSEES, we provide Visiting Fellows with an £1,000 per month expenses allowance for the duration of their stay and Visiting Scholars with an allowance of £250 per week.

Fellows and scholars are provided with workspace; IT and printing facilities; library access; and a SSEES mentor. Visiting Fellows will also receive a UCL campus card.


During their stay at SSEES it is anticipated that visiting fellows and scholars will:

  • deliver an internal seminar about their research or deliver a guest lecture on a module to students.
  • attend and participate in SSEES research seminars.
  • post an entry on the SSEES research blog post).
  • produce end of visit report (Visiting Fellows only).

How to Apply

To apply for either a visiting fellowship or visiting scholarship, applicants must submit the following:

  1. Two-page CV, encompassing list of relevant publications; &
  2. A two-page statement of purpose, which should detail the objectives of the visit, reasons for coming to SSEES and the details of the member(s) of SSEES staff that the applicant plans to collaborate with.

Applications must be submitted to Shevanese Anderson (Human Resources Officer) at shevanese.anderson@ucl.ac.uk by 3pm (GMT) on the day of the deadline. The next deadline is 15 February 2020 for Visiting Scholar applications.

An internal selection committee, consisting of the Director, Head of Research, Head of Mobility and a member of academic staff from a different discipline than that of the Head of Research, will review and decide applications received.

We will prioritise academic excellence, the quality of the research plan, and fit of the applicant’s rsearch to SSEES's expertise and interests. We aim to ensure a spread of visitors across disciplines and geographic areas, as well as gender and seniority.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application within four (4) weeks of the deadline.

Further Information

For further information about SSEES's academic visitors scheme please contact Dr Riitta Valijarvi (Head of Mobility) at r.valijarvi@ucl.ac.uk). 

Other Visiting Opportunities

Apart from the funded opportunities available at SSEES, the School can also accept individuals wishing to visit at their own expense, please see the Human Resources page for more information.

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 a 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 August 2019.

You can come to SSEES through an existing Erasmus+ exchange agreement for 2 to 5 days to teach parts of a module, 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) at r.valijarvi@ucl.ac.uk