Visiting Scholars (Postdoctoral and PhD)

The York Management School annually receives a considerable number of applications for very limited space from students and academic colleagues from overseas who wish to spend a period varying from a few weeks up to a year working or studying with researchers in the School. Prospective applicants should be aware that:

  • these places are limited and extremely competitive
  • the University will charge a modest fee for hosting the applicant, providing space, library access, email etc.

To increase the likelihood of success, applicant should prepare themselves thoroughly and address the following questions:

Post-doctoral

  1. Why TYMS? Do you have any connection with or are already known to the School? Were you referred to us by someone with whom we have a connection?
  2. Does your work have a significant intellectual connection to the work of any individual member of the School? If so, what is that connection, and how do you intend to develop it in collaboration with that member of the School? [You should thoroughly familiarise yourself with the work of relevant members of the School, and be able to identify commonalities between specific publications of that member of the School with your own research – and suggest how this person might benefit from working with you on these issues].
  3. Is there anyone else in the School with whom you might have interests in common?
  4. Have you had preliminary discussions about this application with either of these members of the School?
  5. Include a proposal for the specific activities you wish to undertake during your time in the school with a full and considered timeline.
  6. What outputs would you hope to achieve? How would evaluate the success of your period at York?

Please remember that we receive many such requests. If you are interested in working with any scholar in the UK you should have a clear specification of the work you wish to do, and how it relates to the particular research interests of the person you hope to work with. You need to read their work, identify common intellectual ground between you, and propose some mutually beneficial collaborative activity.

PhD student

  1. Why TYMS? Do you have any connection with or are known to the School? Were you referred to us by someone we have a connection with?
  2. At what stage is your doctoral research? Why is it appropriate for you to study at York at this time? What do you hope to achieve by visiting us?
  3. How does your PhD research connect to the work of any individual member of the School? If so, what is that connection, and how do you feel that it would be of benefit to you to be supervised by them during your stay? [You should thoroughly familiarise yourself with the work of relevant members of the School, and be able to point to the influence of at least one of them on your own research. Why might they want to devote some of their valuable research time to supervising you – rather than someone else?].
  4. Is there anyone else in the School with whom you might have interests in common?
  5. Have you had preliminary discussions about this application with either of these members of the School?
  6. Include a proposal for the specific activities you wish to undertake during your time in the school with a full and considered timeline.
  7. What outputs would you hope to achieve? How would evaluate the success of your period at York?
  8. What is your supervisor’s advice, and how would they co-ordinate with your TYMS advisor?

Both

References and a full CV will also be necessary.

Final formal applications should be made via the University research website not direct to individual academics in the School.