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Visiting Scholar Scheme

SPIRe Visiting Scholar Scheme

The School of Politics and International Relations at UCD operates a Visiting Scholar Scheme with periods of 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 the SPIRe website as a 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.  
  • 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 dara.gannon@ucd.ie 

***For starting in January 2023 the deadline for applications is 30th Sept 2022***
For starting in September 2023 the deadline for applications is 31st May 2023***

Shorter visits:

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

UCD School of Politics and International Relations (SPIRe)

School Office: G301, Newman Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.