SOAS University of London

Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice

Research Associates Scheme

The primary aim of our Research Associates scheme is to provide scholars and practitioners with the opportunity to undertake a period of study at the Centre for the International Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice. 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 will play an active part in the intellectual life of the Centre, especially through giving guest seminars, leading discussion groups and allowing research students working on areas of relevance to their interests to consult them. The Centre is able to grant a maximum of six Research Associates per year. Applications submitted to the scheme will be considered by the Co-directors and will need formal approval from the Department of Politics and International Studies and the Faculty of the Law and Social Sciences at SOAS.

Practical arrangements

  • Timing:  Research Associates may start at any time during the year, subject to agreement between each individual fellow and the Centre.
  • Duration: Fellowships will normally run for between three and twelve months, but longer visits may, by exception, be approved.
  • Status in the School: The title of Research Associate is given to individuals from outside the School associated with School departments, institutes and Centres. Research Associates have access to the facilities of SOAS.
  • Funding: The Centre hopes, in future, to be able to offer fully funded fellowships to human rights and humanitarian practitioners and researchers who might otherwise be unable to come to SOAS. At present, however, applications can only be considered from those who already have (or expect to have) adequate financial support.
  • Computers and desk space: 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 Centre cannot guarantee desk space for Research Associates.
  • Accommodation: the School is not able to make any arrangements for living accommodation for visitors.

How to apply

Research Associates require a review and selection process and applications are considered for approval several times a year. The deadlines are as follows:

  • 1st September
  • 1st January
  • 1st March
  • 1st June
Application materials

Applications should be sent electronically to both Dr Stephen Hopgood ( and Dr Leslie Vinjamuri ( Your application should include the following:

1. A summary curriculum vitae

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

2. 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 CCRJ to benefit from the collaboration.

3. Academic/employment references

You are asked to arrange for two references in support of your application. References should be sent directly to the Centre 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.

Timetable for considering applications.

You will be advised, in writing, of the outcome of your application within eight weeks of the deadline for each round.