Visiting Scholars Information

Lancaster University Law School is keen to establish links with both early-career and experienced scholars through our Visiting Scholars programme.

Visiting scholars will normally be a member of staff at another institution, and will be visiting Lancaster to carry out their own research, to teach, or to co-operate with colleagues at Lancaster on joint projects.

We encourage visiting scholars to participate as much as possible in the life of the Law School and the University by engaging in discussion with other colleagues, teaching, and presenting their research at departmental seminars.

The Law School will seek to support you in the following ways:

For further information please contact Rachel Smirk.

Read details of Lancaster University’s policy on visiting and honorary staff

Please note that a bench fee is charged to visiting scholars to cover the costs to the Law School associated with your visit.

Application process

An application to join us as a visiting scholar can be made at any time of the year. Informal enquiries should be made to Rachel Smirk. View details of term start and end dates.

Your application should include the following:

Information about you:

  • Name, address, telephone, and your institutional email address
  • Current post, with details of your employment, education, and publications history
  • Date of birth
  • Citizenship, and place of birth
  • Links to colleagues, if any, at Lancaster University Law School, The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Lancaster University, or at Lancaster University.
  • Where you are not a native English speaker, an indication of your English language proficiency

Information about your proposed research visit

  • An outline of the work to be carried out including, purpose, methodology, possible publications or other research outcomes, funding sources and any ethical considerations
  • Proposed start and end dates for your visit
  • Facilities you are likely to require

Letter of reference and supporting documentation

  • We require a letter of reference from your current Head of Department or employer. This should either be attached to your application, or posted to the Law School at the following address

    FAO: Ms Rachel Smirk
    Visiting Scholars Programme
    Bowland North
    The Law School
    Lancaster University
    LA1 4YN