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School of Law

SOAS School of Law Policy on Visiting Scholars and Research Associates

The SOAS School of Law welcomes visiting academics from other universities and higher education institutions, and also from legal practice, to share in and contribute to the research culture of the School.

Titles (and therefore categories) of visitors are determined by SOAS policy, i.e. limited to:

  • Academic Hospitality
  • Research Associates / Professorial Associates
  • Visiting Research Students
  • Externally Funded Research Fellows (administered by Research Office)
  • Other External Research Staff

Academic Hospitality

Criteria

Academic Hospitality is granted by SOAS to a recognised scholar from a non-British university, known to the recommending Department or Regional Centre, 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. This status is granted by the School on the recommendation of a Head of Department or Chair of a Regional Centre.

Entitlements/facilities
  • Library membership
  • Use of Staff Common Room
  • Attendance at lectures and seminars

A bench fee is charged if sponsorship is available or if the Head of Department thinks it appropriate to charge a fee. The normal rate is £2,640 a year, or £264 per month for periods of less than a year.

How to apply

Applications for Academic Hospitality require a review and selection process and applications are considered for approval throughout the year.

Applications should be sent electronically to Catherine Farinhas-Gray Academic Support Officer, School of Law, cf30@soas.ac.uk. The application should include the following:

A summary curriculum vitae

This should include information about your relevant work and research experience together with a list of relevant publications.

An application letter

The application letter should include a 500-word statement about your planned research programme, the benefits that academic hospitality in the SOAS School of Law will bring to your ongoing work.

Applications submitted to the scheme will be considered by the School of Law research committee and will need formal approval from the Head of Department in the School of Law.

Research Associates and Professorial Research Associates

Criteria

The primary aim of our Research Associates / Professorial Research Associates scheme is to provide scholars and practitioners with the opportunity to undertake a period of research in the School of Law. We expect research associates to engage in a sustained manner with scholarship in the School of Law.

  • Research Associates or Professorial Research Associates may be on sabbatical leave from their own organisations or sponsored directly by other organisations.
  • They may be at any stage of their career: embarking on immediate post-doctoral research, undertaking a mid-career break or pursuing an opportunity for late-career reflection and writing.
  • It is anticipated that Research Associates and Professorial Research Associates will play an active part in the intellectual life of the School of Law, especially through giving guest seminars, leading discussion groups and allowing research students working on areas of relevance to their interests to consult them.

Applications submitted to the scheme will be considered by the School of Law research committee and will need formal approval from the Head of Department in the School of Law.

Legal practitioners
  • In addition to the above, the criteria for appointing legal practitioners as 'Research Associates' in the School of Law are:
  • A minimum of 10 years practice as a qualified lawyer, and
  • Evidence of significant professional or academic contribution in an area of law relevant to the research interests of the SOAS School of Law."

The criteria for appointing legal practitioners as 'Professorial Associates' in the School of Law are:

  • A minimum of 20 years practice as a qualified lawyer, and
  • Evidence of very significant professional or academic contribution in an area of law relevant to the research interests of the SOAS School of Law."
Entitlements/facilities
  • Timing:  Research Associates or Professorial Research Associates may start at any time during the year, subject to agreement between each individual associate and the School of Law.
  • Duration: will normally run for between one and two years, with the possibility of renewal.
  • Status in SOAS: The title of Research Associate or Professorial Research Associates is given to individuals from outside the School associated with School departments, institutes and Centres. Research Associates or Professorial Research have access to the facilities of SOAS.
  • Funding: At present applications can only be considered from those who already have (or expect to have) adequate financial support or who have no need of financial support during their association with SOAS.
  • Computers and desk space: Research Associates or Professorial Research Associates will be provided with a SOAS login and email address, enabling them to use computer facilities at the School (for example, in the SOAS library). The School of Law cannot guarantee desk space for Research Associates or Professorial Research Associates.
  • Accommodation: the School is not able to make any arrangements for living accommodation for visitors.
How to apply

Research Associates/Professorial Research Associates require a review and selection process and applications are considered for approval throughout the year.

Application materials

Applications should be sent electronically to Catherine Farinhas-Gray Academic Support Officer, School of Law, cf30@soas.ac.uk. Your application should include the following:

A summary curriculum vitae

This should include information about your relevant work and research experience together with a list of relevant publications.

An application letter

The application letter should include information about your planned research programme, the benefits the fellowship will bring to your ongoing work, and the ways in which you expect the School of Law to benefit from the collaboration.

Academic/employment references

You are asked to arrange for one reference in support of your application. You are also required to consult in advance one current academic member of the School of Law, who has an interest in your research programme and is willing to support or ‘sponsor’ your application. Both references, including the one from the SOAS ‘sponsor’, should be sent directly to the School of Law and must arrive by the deadline in order for your application to be considered. It is your responsibility to ensure that the references reach us in good time.

November 2013.