Departments welcome academic visitors to spend some time at SOAS to pursue an independent research project. The title for individuals in receipt of Academic Hospitality is 'Visiting Scholar'.
Academic visitors are entitled to use the Library and the Staff Common Room, and to attend open lectures and seminars throughout the School. Unfortunately, due to the School’s central London location, we are unable to provide office space for visitors.
Potential visitors are encouraged to look through the department’s webpages to get a sense of the department and its research.
There is no formal application form, and interested scholars are asked to write to the Head of Department in the first instance, specifying the proposed dates of the visit and attaching a CV and a research proposal of the project to be undertaken during the visit.
A bench fee is normally charged and the rate is set by Executive Board from time to time. As of academic year 2019/20, a standard bench fee of £264.00 per month (or £2,640 per year) is charged (dependent on visitors’ funding arrangements), and visitors may be invited to present a seminar on the topic of their research.