SPIRe Visiting Scholar Scheme

The School of Politics and International Relations at UCD operates a Visiting Scholar Scheme with periods up to 12 months' residency available, and accepts visiting academics from a variety of career stages. The aim of the scheme is to encourage collaboration between international academics and SPIRe researchers. 

Scheme structure

The scheme has two strands:

  • Visiting Scholars (late stage PhD and up to 3 years post-PhD)
  • Senior Visiting Scholar (more than 3 years post-PhD)

The typical stay will be one term, but visits can be up to one year.  

Terms and Conditions

  • Visitors will be supported by a 'host' member of SPIRe staff.
  • Visitors will be listed on SPIRe website as Visiting Scholar with biographical note. 
  • All Scholars will have IT and library access.
  • Office space may be provided, dependent on availability. 
  • All visitors will contribute to SPIRe working paper series.
  • All visitors can attend and will participate in the SPIRe seminar series (deliver one seminar).
  • Early career scholars can participate in PhD workshops.
  • Senior Visiting Scholars may be asked to offer informal mentorship to PhD students.

Optional features of scheme

  • Opportunity to deliver guest lectures in modules, if of interest.
  • Attend modules (early career)

Application requirements

  • The primary application criteria of the scheme is that applicants are supported by a member of SPIRe faculty (the 'host'). It is up to applicants to identify their host and request a letter or email of support.  
  • For starting in January 2022, the deadline is 31st October 2021.  
  • Please submit a short cover letter including brief description of work intended at SPIRe, CV, and letter or email of support as your application, to sinead.moriarty@ucd.ie 

** Please note that any applications for the 2021/22 academic year will be dependent on government and university guidelines in relation to Covid-19**

Shorter visits:

Note that shorter visits (e.g. of co-authors) will still be accommodated and take place “outside” this new scheme.