Visiting Fellowships


What is a Visiting Fellowship?

The Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) offers Visiting Fellowships to enable active researchers in the fields of criminology and criminal justice to visit SCCJR for the purposes of research and collaboration. Visiting Fellowships provide the opportunity for Fellows to engage in collaborative research and research-related activities with members of SCCJR, and participate in the wider intellectual life of SCCJR. The Visiting Fellowship Programme contributes to knowledge exchange and knowledge transfer and provides an opportunity for Fellows to gain important insights into specific issues, forge new research partnerships and expand research networks.

Fellowships can be held for variable lengths of time (normally between 1-3 months) and should be focused on a specific research project, issue or question of relevance to the work of SCCR.

Visiting Fellows agree, in advance, a set of outputs and/or activities from their period of study at SCCJR, which might include a briefing paper published as part of the SCCJR series, a collaborative research proposal with the SCCJR, a series of focused workshops, or a scholarly article which may be co-authored with an SCCJR colleague. Fellows will also be expected to present a seminar paper as part of SCCJR’s annual seminar series and, where appropriate, deliver a research seminar to a postgraduate class. All outputs are required to acknowledge the support of SCCJR and will appear on the SCCJR website.

Those interested in applying for a Visiting Fellowship are encouraged to contact one of the co-Directors of SCCJR: Gill McIvor, Michele Burman or Richard Sparks.

What costs are met by the Fellowship?

Funding is available to contribute to the cost of travel to and from SCCJR, accommodation costs (of up to £500 per month) and reasonable research expenses, such as photocopying and printing, inter-library loans, and fieldwork. Funding does not cover salaries, although SCCJR is willing to work with applicants to secure additional funds from other funding bodies.

How to apply and criteria for assessment

Applicants should submit their ideas for research activities to be carried out under this programme (maximum of two A4 pages) to one of the Co-Directors (Gill McIvor, Michele Burman or Richard Sparks), indicating the following:

  • Your objectives during the Fellowship, and how these resonate with the aims/objectives of SCCJR;
  • Your planned activities over the period of the Fellowship, and the key outputs from the Fellowship;
  • Background information including your name, your organisation, contact details, c.v., preferred start date and duration of Fellowship; SCCJR partner university (Glasgow , Stirling , Edinburgh, Glasgow Caledonian) and named academic partner(s)
  • An indication of the level of financial support sought.

Applications must also include a letter of support from your Head of Department or equivalent.

Applications will be assessed by SCCJR’s Executive Committee and endorsed by the Management Committee. Assessment of your application will be in terms of its potential to contribute to the key objectives of SCCJR and the wider intellectual life of the Centre.