Visiting Scholars


Visiting Scholars Programme

The School of Law at Queen’s welcomes applications to its Visiting Scholars Programme. The School is a globally recognised law school with acknowledged international excellence in public law; constitutional law; corporate governance; commercial law; environmental law; human rights; criminology and criminal justice, as well as common law and private law. The School of Law's Visiting Scholars Programme seeks to bring a diverse range of exceptional visiting scholars to Queen’s University Belfast from around the world. We have two Visiting Research Chairs annually, and also offer support for non-professorial level Visiting Scholars as well as facilities for Self-funded Visiting Scholars. The School is keen to support and welcomes applications in particular from scholars from central or Eastern Europe, Africa, India or China.


Visiting Research Chairs

The School of Law at Queen’s has two Visiting Research Chairs annually. The School will cover the costs of travel and accommodation. Applications are open to those who already hold a Chair at another academic institution and are invited on a rolling basis.

Application is by way of a one page letter outlining research plans and a full academic CV to be sent to the Director of Research in the first instance, Dr Anne-Marie McAlinden: a.mcalinden@qub.ac.uk, for consideration by the School Research Committee.


Visiting Scholars

The School also invites applications from other Visiting Scholars who do not already hold an appointment at professorial level. This will include associate professors, assistant professors, and lecturers who have continuing appointments at other universities or academic institutions.

The School will cover the costs of travel and accommodation for successful applicants.

The application process is as above: a one page letter outlining research plans and a full academic CV to be sent to the Director of Research – Dr Anne-Marie McAlinden (a.mcalinden@qub.ac.uk).


Self-funded Visiting Scholars

The School of Law also welcomes self-funded visiting scholars for shorter appointments of normally between one and three months. This will include professors, associate professors, assistant professors, and lecturers who have continuing appointments at other universities or academic institutions. Visiting scholars will be offered office space and library borrowing privileges.

Visitors in this category provide a valuable opportunity for the exchange of ideas and research and the creation of new and ongoing national and international research collaborations. Invited visitors must identify a sponsor within the School of Law who is a full-time member of staff who will support the application.
Once you have secured a sponsor, please send the following supporting materials to the Director of Research (Dr Anne-Marie McAlinden: a.mcalinden@qub.ac.uk) for approval by the School Research Committee:

  • current curriculum vitae (including name, position, and contact information of 2 referees)
  • letter from Dean or Department Head on letterhead paper indicating continuing academic appointment
  • copy of e-mail from a School of Law staff member confirming their willingness to act as the sponsor and detailing the benefits of your visit to the School and the staff member's research and international collaborations
  • an outline research plan (250 words).

The School is unable to accommodate all those who express an interest in a visiting scholarship and applications are considered on a rolling basis.

Visiting PhD Students


The School Research Committee will consider applications from research students who are working towards a PhD degree at another institution who would like to visit the School for the purposes of working with a particular academic or research grouping for a brief period of time. In such cases, there must be a demonstrable research benefit to the School and a nominal fee will be payable for access to the University library and computer facilities.


Once your Application is accepted
All visitors are welcome to attend the many public events at the School of Law, including the visiting speaker series, public lectures, and other events. Please go to home page for a list of upcoming events.

Please note that the School does not provide assistance on immigration and work visas. Scholars are responsible for ensuring that they have the correct travel documentation, including visas.