SOAS University of London


Senior Fellows

The title of Senior Fellow is granted by the School to individuals who have achieved distinction in a practice or profession of relevance to the SOAS mission and who wish to actively work with the School in pursuit of a common goal. Senior Fellows may or may not be physically present in the School for the duration of their appointment but are expected to play an active part in the life of the School.

This status is granted by the School on the recommendation of a Head of Department or Centre/Institute.

Conferral of the title of Senior Fellow will normally be for a period of three years with provision for extension if requested, based on evidence of productive collaboration with the School.  


The benefits of a Senior Fellow include: 

  • Reference-only Library membership, including walk-in access to some electronic resources
  • Use of Staff Common Room and Library working space (we are unable to provide you with an office)
  • Use of the School’s affiliation in giving public lectures or submitting material for publication 

Application procedure

The process for conferring the status of Senior Fellow is initiated by the School.

Nominations originate from Heads of Departments or Centre/Institutes and include a brief statement of the nature of the Fellow’s proposed contribution to the School along with the individual’s curriculum vitae.

Library Membership

During your appointment, you will have on-site access to our library collections (including our special collections and archives). Photocopying facilities are available in the Library at additional cost. It is recommended that you bring a memory stick if you wish to save electronic information such as journal articles. Due to licensing restrictions, remote access to electronic resources is not included in Library membership.

Individuals can apply for Borrowing Membership at the SOAS Library at a cost of £200 per annum or £100 for 6 month. You can apply immediately on arrival at the Library.

If scholars subscribe to reciprocal access schemes (e.g., SCONUL or UoL) or are a retired member of SOAS staff, they can use the Library without charge on presentation of credentials from their home institution.


 Senior Fellows should ensure that they make appropriate visa arrangements if necessary. Please see the official government site, providing information and advice on UK visas:


Please note that SOAS does not have any residential accommodation of its own, and we ask you to make your own arrangements. You may find the University of London Accommodation Office helpful: