How to Apply
The Department of Global Health & Social Medicine (formerly the Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine) has an active international visitor programme, hosting visiting research fellows from key regions of interest. We make strategic appointments of visiting professors in our priority research areas, who commit to time in residence and work in our research community. These department-wide activities ensure continuous exchange of ideas and facilitate development of novel and transdisciplinary conceptual and methodological approaches to research amongst all members of the Department in collaboration with leading researchers worldwide.
Become a visitor at GHSM
The Department has limited opportunities for scholars of repute to visit the Department. In the Department we will consider all applications for Visiting Appointments of Fellows, and visiting research students, and can only recommend affiliation to the College. We can only consider requests from individuals who are working in one of the research priority areas of the Department (see Research) and who have a sponsor in the Department with whom they intend to work. Visitors to the Department will be self-funding, or funded by their home institution. Further, because of constraints on space and other resources, we are unable to meet many requests for visiting attachments to the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine.
Visiting academics are invited to participate in the teaching and research activities of the Department, in accordance with agreements to be made with the Head of Department (for examples of duties please see below). The appointments are without emolument and titles used within the Department include
- Visiting Professor
- Visiting Senior Lecturer
- Visiting Lecturer
- Visiting Senior Research Fellow
- Visiting Research Fellow
- Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow
If you are interested in becoming a Visiting Professor please contact the Department Manager, Sabrina Fernandez.
- Visiting Senior Lecturer / Visiting Senior Research Fellow applies to scholars who have already published work of distinction, as well as recognising the contribution from those in government service, in professional practice, in the private sector, or in other appropriate fields, to research and other Department activities.
- Visiting Lecturer / Visiting Research Fellow / Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow is aimed at scholars and researchers in the early stages of their career. It also recognises the contribution from those in government service, in professional practice, in the private sector, or in other appropriate fields, to research and other Department activities.
How to apply
If you wish to apply as a visitor, you must first contact a potential sponsor, supplying a full CV and an outline of the programme of work you wish to undertake while at the Department.
Once you have an agreement in principle from a member of staff to act as your sponsor, you should complete the following forms and email to your prospective sponsor who will then need to provide a supporting statement.
- Visitor Application Form
- Equal Opportunities Form
Your application will then be considered by the Department Research Committee. Please note that having an agreement in principle from a member of staff to sponsor you does not guarantee that you will be accepted by the Department Research Committee.
Please note that incomplete applications and additional documentation will not be considered.
When to apply
Applications will be reviewed by the Department Research Committee, three times a year. Please submit your application by
17 October 2016
18 January 2017
- 1 May 2017
Unfortunately we are not able to decide on visitors' applications in between Research Committee meetings. Decisions will normally be communicated to applicants within four weeks from the collection deadline.
Due to the Department moving location, we will have limited spaces in 2016/17. We thank applicants for their understanding.
In recognition of the resources used there will be a bench fee for all visitors in. This will provide ‘light’ supervision, desk space and access to the IT and library facilities at King’s, as well as being able to attend events organized by the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine.
2014-2015 Weekly bench fee: £150
Termly bench fee: £1,500
2015-2016 Weekly bench fee: £153
Termly bench fee: £1,533
Please note we are unable to provide assistance with any enquiries relating to visa arrangements. In the first instance please see UK Border Agency.
Living in the UK
If you are you an international researcher wishing to work in the UK, Euraxess UK has information on moving to the UK and on the following issues: Healthcare, Family, Accommodation, Entry Regulations, Daily Life, Finance, Society, Social Security, Legal Issues, Advice and information on legal issues, Language, Tax.
Preparing for your visit
In preparation for your stay at the Department please see the New to Kings webpages for information for new arrivals. This includes information on accommodation, schools and doctors.
During your stay you will be expected to attend Departmental events and participate fully in the teaching and research activities of the Department. For this reason, it is important that visitors be present during the entire term of their visit. While it is understood that there will be short absences for conferences and other commitments every now and then, the Department must be their primary and active intellectual base during the visit.
Whilst at the Department you could be asked to:
- Contribute to teaching a session on our Masters programmes on your area of expertise (by prior agreement with the Course Leaders)
- Present your work at a Research Seminar open to the wider Kings community and general public (by prior agreement with the Head of Department)
- Work collaboratively with faculty to produce journal articles, research proposals, etc.
All visitors will
- Present your work within the Department at our fortnightly roundtable sessions. Work in progress is discussed with faculty and research students in an informal setting. All faculty, including visiting staff and students are expected to attend roundtable sessions regularly to benefit the entire Department research community.
- Attend and contribute to fortnightly reading groups within the Department. All faculty, including visiting staff and students are expected to attend reading group sessions regularly to benefit the entire Department research community.
- Produce a paper on your research for the upcoming Department Working Paper Series.
 Exceptions will apply to Visiting Professors, those from KCL’s International partner institutions or other strategic initiatives of the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy. Bench fee vary annually; the fee at date of entry to the department will be applicable (which might not be the fee as quoted at time of application).