Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

Visiting scholars

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Our visiting scholar programme

If you are a professional or an academic, and you have a scheme of academic research that you can appropriately conduct at the School of Law, then our visiting scholar programme may be a perfect opportunity for you.

Generally, our visiting scholars are full-time members of another university. We encourage applications from experienced and younger scholars. We normally limit visits to a maximum of one semester but you can also arrange a visit for a period of weeks.

Our visiting scholars participate in our academic life as much as possible, for example, engaging in discussions or joint projects with School members and presenting papers about their own research within the School or Centre seminar programme.


  • Office space: desk space is available in the School of Law.
  • Computing: facilities are available in the School of Law and through open clusters across the University campus.
  • Library: Leeds University Library is one of the UK's largest university libraries with a stock of over 2.3 million volumes. You can find the main collections in relation to the School of Law in the Brotherton Library, which also houses Governmental Papers, a "European Documentation Centre" and the Law Library.
  • Class attendance: you may attend a class on a non-credit, unregistered basis subject to the consent of the Centre member teaching the course. Those wishing to obtain credits may be able to register for our Certificate or Diploma programmes, subject to their meeting the usual admissions requirements and subject to the payment of the normal fee.
  • Accommodation: the University may be able to assist visiting scholars with university housing during the summer months.

As a Visiting Scholar, you will become part of a close academic community. We recognise you will wish to concentrate on your own specialist research, but we also assure you that you won't be left in academic or social isolation.

Above all, the School is a cooperative and friendly unit. We also offer the usual facilities of a staff common room with access to food, retail and leisure facilities just minutes from its front door.

Application procedures

You can make an application at any time of the year. Note that teaching terms are between October to December, February to March, and April to May.

Applications should include the following information.

  • Name, address, telephone, email
  • Citizenship, date of birth, place of birth
  • English language ability
  • Current post, with details of your education, employment, and publication record.
  • Details of proposed visit and any facilities likely to be required
  • Links and contacts, if any, with Leeds faculty members  
  • A summary of your proposed research
  • A full explanation (more than 500 words), including purpose, methodology, and likely publications

Letter of reference

We require a letter of reference from your current head of department or employer. Please submit your letter of reference along with this application. If that is not possible, please ask your referee to post it directly to us at the address below.

Applicants should supply evidence of degree qualifications and, if appropriate, English Language ability.

Fees are normally payable to cover the cost of facilities but are subject to negotiation.

Please send any applications to lawmso@leeds.ac.uk

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