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Visiting researchers

The Department of Global Health & Social Medicine has an active international visitor programme.

Visiting researchers and postdoctoral students

The Department of Global Health & Social Medicine hosts 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.

We receive a high volume of applications each year for postdoctoral fellowships.

Competition for schemes is exceptionally fierce and you are strongly recommended to contact us well in advance of funding bodies deadlines.

Please note there are usually internal deadlines to meet in advance of deadlines listed on funding bodies’ websites.

The Department can only support an applicant where there is a good chance of success. We ask to see a statement of the applicant’s eligibility to apply, a project proposal, an account of their previous research and a brief CV before making our decision.

Funding bodies with postdoctoral opportunities include: The Wellcome Trust, British Academy, Leverhulme Trust and EU Marie Curie.

For further information please contact Lyanne Wylde.

Visiting Doctoral students

If a student is currently registered for a doctoral degree at another university, and wishes to attend lectures and receive tuition, they may apply as a Visiting Research Student.

Please note we have limited space and will usually only accept visiting students on an exceptional basis.

How to apply

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 postgraduate research visitors could be asked to: 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 postgraduate research visitors will:
1) 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.
2) 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.
3) Produce a paper on your research for the upcoming Department Working Paper Series.

How to apply

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 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.

Please note: 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.

If you are interested in becoming a Visiting Professor please contact the Head of Department, Karen Glaser.

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 a Visiting Appointment nomination form and an equal opportunities form (your sponsor will retrieve these from our staff intranet pages) and email them to your prospective sponsor who will then need to provide a supporting statement.

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.

Applications will be reviewed by the Department Research Committee, three times a year. The next deadlines for applications are 1 October 2018, 28 January 2019 and 29 April 2019.

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.

In recognition of the resources used there will be a bench fee for all visitors. 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 organised by the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine.

2017-2018 Weekly bench fee: £150.
Termly bench fee: £1,500.

Please note: Exceptions will apply to Visiting Professors, those from King’s International partner institutions or other strategic initiatives of the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy.

Bench fees 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).

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