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Reproductive Sociology Research Group
As part of the Department of Sociology, ReproSoc regularly hosts visitors. If you are interested in joining the Department as a formal visitor, please contact .

Visiting Scholars to the Department of Sociology

The Department of Sociology’s policy on inviting and accepting Visiting Scholars is as follows:

  • The applicant should demonstrate a genuine scholarly link to the Department, such as through a research collaboration or need to use particular resources at the University of Cambridge.
  • The applicant should ordinarily have a PhD and hold an academic post, or equivalent.
  • In order to be admitted as a visiting scholar, the applicant must be sponsored by one member of staff who should preferably be a permanent member of academic staff.
  • The applicant and sponsor must complete an application form detailing the proposed research and rationale for the visit.
  • At the end of their visit, the Visiting Scholar is required to write a short (500 word) report on what they achieved during their residency.
  • The length of stay should be limited to one year.
  • The fee for Visiting Scholars is £200 per month, £600 per full term or £2000 per year (plus VAT). Any costs associated with a Certificate of Sponsorship application will also be added to the fee.
  • Visiting Scholars will be asked to provide payment in advance of their residency.

There are 3 deadlines per year for applications to be considered: 1st October, 1st February and 1st July. 

Visiting Scholars are given access to Cambridge Libraries and computer facilities; they are able to attend departmental seminars and lectures. In some cases they might be invited to supervise undergraduate students, or give a seminar. Unfortunately, due to space constraints the Department is unable to provide fixed desk space for Visiting Scholars.


Visiting PhD Students to the Department of Sociology

 If you are a PhD student at another university and wish to come to Cambridge to use the University's and Department’s facilities, there are two possible routes.

1.    Those wishing to come for a complete academic year should apply through Graduate Admissions using the on-line application system (see their website). You will pay full fees for the year, be allocated a supervisor and a college place and have full access to University facilities (libraries, computing, lectures etc).

2.    It is also possible to come to Cambridge for one or two terms as the guest of the Department. If accepted you would be allowed to: access computing facilities; attend seminars and lectures; and work in and use the SPS Library (Sociology, Land Economy) and the University Library. You would not have a supervisor to oversee your work but you would have a mentor who would advise you how best to make use of your time in Cambridge, and may give you feedback on the work you do whilst in Cambridge. You will not be registered for a qualification at the University of Cambridge. You would have to arrange your own accommodation, but the University Accommodation Service may be able to help. The visiting student fee is £1200 per term, payable in advance. 

If you are interested in this option you should identify a preferred mentor from the list of Academic Staff and ask whether they would be available to mentor you during the term(s) of your proposed visit. If they can consider your application, you should send them your CV, a reference from your PhD supervisor at your home University, an indication of what you will be working on while you are in Cambridge, a scan of your passport and a sample of your work (in English).  If you receive a provisional acceptance, this will then be passed to the Head of Department for final approval, and you will receive confirmation by email.