Visiting Scholars

The University of Leeds has an international reputation for excellence in research and the School is often asked to host visiting academics from around the world wishing to pursue their interests in a dynamic academic environment.

Recent Visiting Academics have included:

  • Dr Yulong Guo, Chang’an University
  • Dr Tuomas Huttunen, University of Turku
  • Dr Yael Maurer, Tel Aviv University
  • Dr Lü Minhong, Shaanxi Normal University
  • Professor Jopi Nyman, University of Eastern Finland
  • Professor Krishna Sen (Leverhulme Visiting Professorship), University of Calcutta
  • Professor Herbert Tucker (Fulbright Distinguished Chair), University of Virginia
  • Dr Lily Wu, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Shaanxi

The School of English welcomes visiting scholars from other institutions who have a clearly defined research plan that can be appropriately conducted here, and values the intellectual exchange facilitated by their presence within, and contribution to, its academic community.

Many scholars from outside the UK benefit from access to the University’s library and from informal contact with our community of scholars. If we accept you as a visiting scholar, we will offer you a package of benefits in exchange for a standard fee to cover our costs.


The School expects visiting scholars to have full time posts at a university or similar institution. You should also normally have a doctoral degree, and should have at least one scholarly publication (we have other arrangements for visiting students). Applications are always rigorously assessed and should be appropriate to the particular research environment of the School of English at Leeds.

Please note: The School of English at Leeds is concerned with the study of English literature, including drama and film, and English Linguistic Studies. If your research concerns the teaching of English as a second language (TESOL) and you are still interested in pursuing a period of research at Leeds, you should contact the University’s School of Education.

Successful applicants to the School’s visiting scholar scheme can choose from one of two packages.

Option A

Charge: £1000 for a period of 15-52 weeks; £500 for a period less than 15 weeks.

1. Full access to the university’s computing service and library facilities.

2. Permission to attend any lectures in the School delivered to undergraduate audiences, and any research seminars which they feel are appropriate to their needs.

3. Permission to audit one MA module in each semester from the list of over 30 modules available in the School’s MA programme each year. Availability of modules varies from one year to another and cannot be guaranteed until September. The module coordinator must also agree to your attendance.

Option B

Charge: One half of the current international student fee for postgraduate students. This gives you all the benefits of Option A, plus:

4. The opportunity to take the MA Research Methods module.

5. An entitlement to a monthly meeting with an appropriate member of staff to discuss your research.

6. Access to a shared office space.

Please note that visiting scholars will not be able to:

  • Register as a student
  • Work towards a qualification 
  • Stay longer than 12 months

How to Apply

If you would like to apply to be a visiting scholar in the School of English, you should send us your CV; together with a covering letter indicating when you intend to be in Leeds, the activities you propose to undertake during your time here, and whether you are applying for Option A or Option B. You should also identify an academic contact in the School of English, whose research interests are compatible with your own: a list of current academic staff is available here.

Applications, and any other queries, should be directed to:

Tracy Ruddock

School of English
University of Leeds
United Kingdom