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Department of Development Studies

Academic Hospitality

Each year the Department of Development studies receives visiting scholars who wish to associate their work with the department, contribute to the academic life of the department, and be located at SOAS to take advantage of its existing research culture and its excellent library holdings.  

There are three different titles for individuals in receipt of Academic Hospitality: Visiting Academic; Research Associate (or Professorial Research Associate); and Post Doctoral Associate. 

Successful applicants will: 

  • Be assigned to a mentor within the department as the first point of contact;
  • Contribute to seminar series and/or research cluster activities;
  • Contribute to additional departmental activities as appropriate;
  • Acknowledge on any publications which are published during the period of Research Associateship their professional link with the Department of Development Studies at SOAS;
  • Write a report at the end of their associateship outlining what they have achieved during their stay.

If you would like to apply for Academic Hospitality with the department, please review the guidelines below and submit your application to Anna Seecharan (as104@soas.ac.uk).

1. ACADEMIC HOSPITALITY

1.1 Academic Hospitality is granted by the School to a recognised scholar from a non-British university, known to the Department, wishing to avail him or herself of the School's Library and public seminars for a stated period of no more than 12 months in the first instance.

1.2 The title for individuals in receipt of Academic Hospitality is 'Visiting Academic'.

1.3 Privileges: Library membership (excluding off-campus use of electronic resources); Use of Staff Common Room; Attendance at lectures and seminars.

1.4 An application for Academic Hospitality should consist of:

  • A written request from an overseas academic including: proposed dates and duration of requested visit; 
  • Letter of intent stating how the applicant will contribute to departmental activities and benefit from association with the department;
  • Research proposal detailing the scope of the research to be carried out during the period of association with the department;
  • A curriculum vitae including list of publications. 

1.5 A bench fee is payable. The bench fee is currently £264 per month or £2640 for 12 months (including VAT).

1.6 Visiting Academics will be approved by the Head of Department in consultation with the Department Research Committee.

2. RESEARCH ASSOCIATES

2.1 The title of Research Associate designates an honorary status for a two year period, offered by the Department to individuals known to a recommending unit wishing to affiliate his or her work with the Department.  Such persons will be available to participate in the academic life of the School and will enjoy the privileges of an individual in receipt of Academic Hospitality, ie: Library membership (excluding off-campus use of electronic resources); Use of Staff Common Room; Attendance at lectures and seminars.

2.2 Professorial Research Associate:  individuals accorded the status of Professorial Research Associate for a two year period by the School should be distinguished scholars with professorial status known to the Department. Such individuals will enjoy the same privileges, viz: Library membership; Use of Staff Common Room; Attendance at lectures and seminars.

2.3 An application for Research Associateship should consist of:

  • A written request from an overseas academic including: proposed dates and duration of requested visit; 
  • Letter of intent stating how the applicant will contribute to departmental activities and benefit from association with the department;
  • Research proposal detailing the scope of the research to be carried out during the period of association with the department;
  • A curriculum vitae including list of publications. 

2.4 Applications approved by Departments will be sent to the Dean of Faculty.  If the Dean approves the application, the papers should be presented to Faculty Board for final approval.

2.5 In applying for  Research Associate or Professorial Research Associate status it is expected that applicants will identify the benefit anticipated from the appointment in terms of research collaboration, graduate teaching, etc and clarify the time to be spent in London. 

2.6 Research Associates and Professorial Research Associates should not be from other institutions in the University of London since collaboration with them is covered by normal intercollegiate collaboration.
 
2.7 Appointments for Research Associateships and Professorial Research Associates will normally be for up to two years, but with provision for extension. Research Associates wishing to extend their status will be required to report on what they have achieved during their stay. 

3. POST DOCTORAL ASSOCIATES

3.1 The title of Post Doctoral Associate designates an honorary status for a maximum of two years.  It is offered to individuals who have successfully completed a PhD within the previous year, particularly those with PhDs obtained at SOAS, and who wish to affiliate their work with the Department.

3.2 In applying for Post Doctoral Associate status, it is expected that applicants will identify the benefit to the Department and to the individual that is anticipated from the appointment.  

3.3 An application for Post Doctoral Associateship should consist of:

  • A written request including: proposed dates and duration of requested visit; 
  • Letter of intent stating how the applicant will contribute to departmental activities and benefit from association with the department;
  • Research proposal detailing the scope of the research to be carried out during the period of association with the department;
  • A curriculum vitae including list of publications. 

3.4 Applications are subject to approval by the Department and the Faculty.  

3.5 Those appointed as a Post Doctoral Associates do not receive the privileges associated with Academic Hospitality or Research Associateships. Requests for assistance with library fees should be submitted in writing along with your application. 

3.6 Appointments for Post Doctoral Associateships will normally be for up to two years.  They are not extendable.