Visiting researchers and postgraduate students

Researchers

The department welcomes applications from academic staff members at other universities or tertiary institutions who wish to spend a period of up to 12 months at Lancaster to engage in language-related research.

In-person visiting scholar scheme

If you come to LAEL Department via the in-person visiting scholar scheme you will be charged a weekly fee, which will cover the following:

  • Monthly consultative meetings with the member of staff that serves as your departmental contact (typically, one hour per month);
  • Attendance of up to two on-campus modules that are part of the Department’s postgraduate degree schemes (depending on availability of space);
  • Attendance of regular talks or workshops organized by the Department’s research groups;
  • Use of other University facilities available to staff, including use of the University Library.

The fees will apply regardless of whether you chose to hold your visit with us in term time or during Summer Term, when there are no classes. Summer Term runs from mid-end April to mid-end June. To benefit to the fullest from our academic resources and technical facilities we recommend that you come during teaching terms which run from beginning October till mid-December (Michaelmas Term) and from mid-January till mid-end March (Lent Term). Please also note that should you choose to spend any period of time outside Lancaster during your visitor stay with us (for example, to travel around the UK or Europe), the fees will not be reduced to accommodate for this arrangement. Finally, for reasons of space and availability of staff members, we are able to accept only a limited number of in-person visiting scholar applications per year.

Virtual visiting scholar scheme

If you come to LAEL Department via the virtual visiting scholar scheme you will be charged a reduced weekly fee, which will cover the following:

  • Monthly online consultative meetings with the member of staff that serves as your departmental contact (typically, one hour per month);
  • Attendance of online talks or workshops organized by the Department’s research groups, where available;
  • Use of online University facilities available to staff, including use of the University Library.

Please note that for reasons of availability of staff members, we are able to accept only a limited number of virtual visiting scholar applications per year.

Note

If you come to Lancaster, virtually or in-person, as part of an established academic link scheme or are appointed by the University as a visiting fellow, you will be exempt from paying a fee. We expect applicants to hold a PhD or a senior academic position and to teach at postgraduate level. Publications in peer-reviewed international journals are desirable.

Postgraduate Students (Masters and Doctorate)

In-person visiting MA and PhD student schemes

Students who have a first degree from another university and are pursuing a postgraduate degree at Masters or Doctorate level, can apply to be visiting postgraduate students. As a visiting postgraduate student you are treated just the same as the Department's own students. For example, you can attend on-campus PGT or PGR courses and Departmental research groups, have your work supervised and assessed by a member of academic staff, make use of student accommodation and welfare facilities, etc. However, you will not be registered for a degree at Lancaster University.

  • All visiting postgraduate students are charged a registration levy of £500
  • no additional charge is made for visits of up to three months’ duration
  • For visits of more than three months, students will additionally become liable for 25% of the relevant published fee for each subsequent quarter or part thereof
  • Students studying at Lancaster for the full academic year will be charged 100% of the standard fee.

Virtual visiting PhD student scheme

If you visit us virtually, in addition to being virtually supervised by a member of academic staff and having online access to the university’s student facilities (e.g., library), you will also be able to register for online PGR courses offered by the Department and Faculty (1 course per term, up to 3 courses per year), subject to courses running during your stay and availability of spaces on them. You will also be able to join online talks and workshops organised by the Department, when they are offered via this medium. The fees for this visitor scheme are the same as for in-person visiting PG student schemes detailed above.

Note

A virtual postgraduate visitor scheme is not available to postgraduate taught (Masters) students.
Attendance of courses offered by the Department’s MA by Distance Learning Programmes is not available via any visiting scholar/ visiting student schemes.

How to apply

If you wish to apply as a visiting researcher or postgraduate student please contact Tara Noon.

Do NOT send multiple copies of identical emails to several members of staff. We will reply to your email with details of how to apply as a visitor.