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Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars to the Department of Sociology

The Department of Sociology regularly hosts visitors. If you are interested in joining the Department as a formal visitor, please contact the Department on for information about current visitor opportunities.

Visiting academics 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.

Please note: prospective academic visitors must be sponsored by one member of staff in order to be admitted as a visiting scholar.


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 of Sociology. 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 Office might be able to help you. The visiting student fee is £1000 per term in 2017-18, payable in advance. 

If you are interested in this option you should identify a preferred mentor from the list of Faculty 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.

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