Visiting Scholars Programme

We welcome applications to our Visiting Scholars Programme, which offers a friendly environment in which to engage with existing staff and students, free of charge.

We are an interdisciplinary centre of excellence, and one of the largest and most dynamic Schools of our type in the UK. We enjoy an international reputation in research, specialising in a variety of areas, from literature and translation studies, to international relations, political philosophy and area studies, supported by our research centres, groups and units.


Our programme is suitable for:

  • postgraduate research students currently registered for an MPhil or PhD at universities outside the UK
  • postdoctoral/experienced scholars who wish to conduct research at Cardiff University and participate in our research culture
  • students who wish to prepare themselves for PhD study (please contact us with your proposal)

Current students should normally have completed one or two years doctoral study, and must have the full support of their home institution.

Visiting Scholars from outside the EU are responsible for applying for the correct visa.

Length of study

Visiting Scholars are based here for at least a month, with access to excellent facilities, including the University library services and specialist research seminars. The length of your stay will depend on the depth of research which you wish to carry out and which can be facilitated by the School. You can be invited on a month-by-month basis or by academic terms.

We can provide accommodation for the duration of your stay in University residences, and can also advise on private sector accommodation.

How to apply

You will need to provide the following documents with your application:

  • A research proposal for the intended period of study, including a realistic and detailed research plan for the proposed time of the visit
  • A justification for choosing us for your visit, clarifying the relevance of the intended work to our profile
  • An academic CV (references optional)

All proposed visits are subject to the written approval of the Head of School. In accepting Visiting Scholars, we will consider the following:

  • Your ability to fulfil your research/study objectives
  • Your potential to make a positive contribution to the overall research culture of the School through participation in events and interaction with members of staff and our postgraduate community
  • Our capacity to integrate visitors into the research environment