SOAS University of London

Department of Linguistics, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Academic Visitors

The department welcomes academic visitors who wish to spend some time at SOAS to pursue an independent research project which fits the research interests of the department. Visitors are expected to contribute to the research environment in the department. Potential visitors are encouraged to look through the department’s web pages to get a sense of the department and its research.

Academic visitors are entitled to:

  • use of the SOAS library
  • use of the SOAS Staff Common Room
  • attend research-related lectures and seminars throughout the School

Academic visitors may be asked:

  • to present a lecture or seminar in the department on the topic of their research
  • to participate in other research activities of the department

Academic visitors are not entitled to:

  • supervision of their research
  • data collection at SOAS (unless arrangements are made by a member of staff)
  • audit classes (unless invited by the instructor)
  • office space
  • accommodation arranged through SOAS

There is no formal application form, and interested scholars are asked to write to the members of staff with whom they are planning to collaborate in the first instance. They should then write to the Head of Department and provide:

  • the proposed dates of the visit
  • a recent CV
  • a research proposal of the project to be undertaken during the visit explaining how the visit will contribute to the research environment of the department
  • the name of at least one member of staff with whom they will collaborate and who has agreed to serve as their academic host during their visit

A bench fee of £264.00 per month (or £2,640 per year) is normally charged. For short-term visits the minimum charge is £264.00.

Some recent academic visitors and their research topics:

Andrea Musumeci (Middlesex University): Interdisciplinary strategies for the linguistic support of Sicilian. An approach for the sustainable involvement of the community in Sicily.

Cynthia Schneider (School of Behavioural, Cognitive, and Social Sciences, University of New England, Australia): Vanuatu languages, literacy practices

Johanna Wulfert (University of Muenster, Germany): Mobile outer circle speakers' attitudes towards different varieties of English

Professor Shigeru Yamane (Kansai University, Japan): Second language acquisition of English phonology among Japanese speakers

Jochen Zeller (School of Arts College of Humanities University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa): The grammar of Bantu languages

Nobuko Yoneda (Osaka University): Modification in Bantu