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The School of Law is committed to pursuing scholarship which has an international and collaborative focus, and which broadens our links with scholars and institutions across the world. Please find below some information that will be helpful if you are contemplating coming to work with us as either a visiting scholar or as a postdoctoral fellow. In addition, we are also always keen to attract postgraduate research students to these opportunities.

Visiting Scholars

Every year, we welcome visiting scholars from across the world to the School of Law. Visiting scholars usually come for a period of between three and twelve months (visits for a shorter period of time are possible) and receive the following benefits:

  • Office space and computer access;
  • The use of the University of Reading's library and electronic study resources;
  • Dedicated mentoring from a member of the School of Law's academic staff;
  • Membership of the School of Law and access to a full programme of events and other research activities.

We are not able to offer either financial support, or accommodation or other support, as part of this arrangement (but advice and help in making practical arrangements can be provided). Please be aware that we have introduced a bench fee of £300 per academic term, or £1000 for a full academic year, to cover the costs of these arrangements. This does not extend to those seeking shorter periods of less than a month (for instance, via the Erasmus programme), and it can, in exceptional circumstances, be set aside (please contact Professor James Green to discuss such arrangements).

Due to the high number of applications we receive, we prioritise applications according to the strength of the candidate and their proposed programme of research. As such, our standard process for applying involves submitting electronic copies of the following documents to the School Deputy Director of Research, Professor James Green, along with a brief covering statement:

  • An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (3 pages maximum);
  • An outline of the candidate's proposed research project or programme to be completed during the period of visitation (2 pages maximum).

It can often be very helpful to discuss your ideas with a member of academic staff working in the relevant areas of study (this person may then as your academic mentor during the visit period). Please see our staff pages and research themes for more details of individual staff members' research interests.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

We are very open to receiving applications and expressions of interest from candidates seeking to undertake an externally-funded Postdoctoral Fellowship or similar programme of funded work. A wide range of external funding bodies offer opportunities of this sort, and it is the responsibility of individual candidates to identify a suitable funding stream in plenty of time to apply. At this point, you should make direct and informal contact with a relevant member of staff (please see our staff pages and research themes for more details of individual staff members' research interests) to seek support for your ongoing funding application, and then submit electronic copies of the following documents to the School Deputy Director of Research, Professor James Green as a single PDF document:

  • A covering letter specifying which member of staff has agreed to support your Postdoctoral Fellowship application, and why the University of Reading is the most suitable institution to support your project;
  • An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (3 pages maximum);
  • An outline of the candidate's proposed research project or programme to be completed during the period of visitation (2 pages maximum).

If you are successful in securing institutional support for your outline proposal, we will then be able to offer academic and practical support with the preparation of the final application to the funding body in question.

We are currently interested in hearing from potential Postdoctoral Fellowship applicants in relation to the following schemes and opportunities, which are all open to early-career applicants seeking a hosting institution, as well as others:

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