Visiting researchers

 PhD students in study space

Academics and PhD students from any University within the UK and the rest of the world are welcome to visit.

The application process varies slightly depending on whether you are a visiting academic or a visiting PhD student. Please see the relevant tab below for more information.

Visiting academics

This role will involve no remuneration, but offers you formal attachment to the Department and access to research facilities such as the library to pursue your research. You will normally be expected to present a paper in one of the departmental seminars or events.

Application procedure

To apply, please send the following documents by email to Bob Brown (bob.brown@york.ac.uk):

  • A letter of application (no more than 1,500 words) which should outline: the title and aims of your research project; the proposed academic host at York; the reasons why you wish to spend time in the Department; and how you intend to pay for your stay here and the fees. The research project should ideally be linked to one of the departmental research clusters.
  • A 1-2 page CV;
  • A letter of recommendation from your Head of Department or other senior academic (e.g. current supervisor) who knows you and your work;

While there is no formal deadline, applications will typically be considered three times each year at the mid-point of each academic term: Autumn (end of October), Spring (end of January), and Summer (end of April).

Facilities

The following are provided for academic visitors:

  • University of York email address and limited use of University and Department computing facilities;
  • Use of the University Library;
  • Admission to most undergraduate lectures and workshops (note: visiting researchers are not normally admitted to Masters seminars);
  • Copies of course material;
  • Admission to research seminars and other public events;
  • Desk space will be provided within the Department where possible.

Duration of visit and cost

Visitors generally spend between three and a maximum of twelve months associated with the Department and pay a fee, currently £200 per teaching term, or £500 for a full year. A deposit of £100 is payable two months in advance of arrival, with the balance payable either in advance by post or on arrival. When you have been accepted, the University will send an invoice for the appropriate amount.

The academic year at York is divided into three terms. These begin with Autumn term from October to mid December. The Spring term runs from January to March. The Summer term begins in April and ends in June. Term dates are published on the University's website. It is worth noting that the University vacation begins in June and lasts until the beginning of October. Many people are away at this time and the Department provides no teaching or events. The libraries may also open for shorter hours and may close completely for short periods.

Visas

The Department cannot provide advice on visas. For more information on visa applications, please visit the UKVI website.

If you require a visa to enter the UK it is essential that you seek advice on how to obtain the correct visa to suit the purpose of your visit.

Accommodation

The Department is unable to help with accommodation. Please contact Accommodation Services for more information.

Visiting PhD students

As an internationally-leading research centre, the Department of Politics is keen to host PhD candidates of the highest calibre from across the world. You must be a registered PhD candidate at a recognised higher education institution in order to be eligible to apply. We aim to host a very limited number of excellent PhD candidates, who will both benefit from and contribute to the Department’s vibrant research environment.

Application procedure

In order to be considered for admission as a Visiting PhD Student, please send a brief (2 page) overview of your research project. This overview should also include an explanation of why you are keen to spend time in the department, information on the proposed dates of your visit, and a suggested member of staff to act as a mentor during the proposed visit. In addition, please send a brief (2 page) CV. These documents should be sent to poli-graduate-office@york.ac.uk

Facilities

The following are provided for visiting PhD students:

  • University of York email address and limited use of University and Department computing facilities;
  • Use of the University Library;
  • Admission to most undergraduate lectures and workshops (note: visiting PhD students are not normally admitted to Masters seminars);
  • Copies of course material;
  • Admission to research seminars and other public events;
  • Desk space will be provided within the Department where possible.

Duration of visit and cost

Visiting PhD students generally spend between three and a maximum of twelve months associated with the Department. The academic year at York is divided into three terms. These begin with autumn term from October to mid December. The spring term runs from January to March. Visiting PhD students are strongly encouraged to come during the autumn or spring terms. During the summer term and vacation many people are away and there is less teaching and fewer events. The libraries may also open for shorter hours and may close completely for short periods.

Find information about tuition fees and living costs for visiting students here

Visas

The Department cannot provide advice on visas. For more information on visa applications, please visit the UKVI website.

If you require a visa to enter the UK it is essential that you seek advice on how to obtain the correct visa to suit the purpose of your visit.

Accommodation

There is limited accommodation available for visiting PhD students - see the Accommodation webpages for further details. Having submitted your application to study through the University's online system you will become eligible to apply for accommodation if you receive an offer to study in the department.