SOAS University of London

School of Law

Honorary Appointments

The School of Law welcomes applications for honorary appointments. There are three different titles under the honorary appointment scheme:

All SOAS Honorary Appointments are made on the basis of academic merit involving a process of nomination and approval, and are non-commercial in nature. Prospective visitors are encouraged to look through the School of Law web pages to get a sense of the department and its research.

Academic visitors are entitled to use the Library, Staff Common Room, and attend open lectures and seminars. Unfortunately, due to the School’s central London location, we are unable to provide office space for visitors.

Successful applicants are expected to:

  • Submit at least one paper for the SOAS Law Working Paper Series;
  • Make a presentation in one of the seminar series organised by the School of Law or its research centres;
  • Contribute to additional departmental activities and research centres as appropriate;
  • Acknowledge any publications published during their period of association with the School of Law at SOAS;
  • Write a report at the end of their appointment outlining what they have achieved during their stay.

Honorary appointment - application form (msword; 30kb)  

Applicants should use the following application form: Honorary Appointment Application Form.

  • Prospective Visiting Scholars should note that they do not need to provide a statement of support from a staff member but they must pay the relevant bench fee. The title of Visiting Scholar is granted for a period of a maximum of 1 year.
  • Prospective Research Associates should note that they need to contact a member of academic staff before filing their application. All applications must include a statement of support from a member of staff. The title of Research Associate is granted for a maximum period of 2 years.
  • Prospective applicants who are PhD candidates registered at other universities should note that they are welcome to visit the School of Law, but need to apply to become a Visiting Research Student. Please visit Visiting Research Students for the full application procedure.

If you would like to apply, please read the relevant guidelines and submit your completed application form to

Renewal: Research Associates wishing to extend their status will be required to report on what they have achieved during their stay.

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For further information, please see the Honorary Appointments procedure on the Research and Enterprise Office webpages.