Visiting Research Fellowship

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Keele has a longstanding history of research excellence. Its diverse community of ambitious and inspiring researchers contributes to its rich and exciting research culture generates outstanding research at international, national and local levels.

The Faculty’s researchers – in our four Schools – cover a wide range of disciplines across the humanities and social sciences. Our research contributes to advancing knowledge, benefiting culture and society, fostering equality and social justice, critical thinking and creativity, and addressing the most pressing social and global challenges.

Hosted in The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Keele Institute for Social Inclusion is an interdisciplinary (and cross-faculties) hub for knowledge exchange and thriving research collaborations at international and national levels, providing a focus for both research and practice.

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences welcomes applications from researchers at other institutions or independent scholars wishing to undertake research within the Faculty. Visiting Research Fellows would take part in the academic life of Keele University and contribute to developing research which aligns with the Faculty’s research strategy and priorities. Our Faculty awards Honorary/Visiting fellowships to individuals of notable academic standing who will be associated with our Faculty (not as staff members) and will contribute to its exciting research culture.

We welcome requests from individual scholars who wish to spend periods of up to one year (in the first instance) pursuing research (this does not include registering for a formal academic qualification). Applications can be made to visit and be affiliated to any of the Schools within the Faculty detailed below:

Visiting Research Fellowships are designed for scholars who wish to focus on a specific research area; the scheme is not suitable for those wishing to gain general experience of the UK education system.

We value the contribution that Visiting Research Fellows make to Keele’s research community.

A fee of £150 per month is payable to Keele University for the duration of your visit. Visits of periods shorter than one month are considered and charged at £150. The fee is payable, for the whole period of your visit, prior to your visit commencing.

The fee entitles the Scholar to:

  • A Keele Card, which enables access to University staff and student facilities such as the library;
  • A hot-desk in our dedicated Visiting / Honorary Research Fellows Office; alternatively, Fellows are entitled to use space within the University library;
  • A Keele University email address;
  • Contact with your Keele University Sponsor, who will be a member of the HUMSS Faculty Academic staff;
  • Opportunities to host a seminar within the Faculty and present research findings to staff and students before the visit ends

Please complete the following Visiting Research Fellowship application form.

Please also send a copy of your CV to complete your application.

Applications will be considered by the School Director for Research, Head of School, and Faculty Research Dean.  

The outcome of your application will be communicated via email.

If your application is successful, you may be required to apply for an Academic or Business Visitor Visa.

You may find useful the information for visiting staff from our Human Resources team - available on the Human Resources web pages.

Details of eligibility requirements and the application process can be found on the Home Office website.

University living accommodation is limited, particularly for periods of less than one semester. The accommodation office at Keele University may be able to provide advice on where to find appropriate private accommodation or reasonable bed-and-breakfast hotels, however responsibility for arranging accommodation will lie with the Visiting Research Fellow.

Accommodation Office contact details

Keele University is committed to looking after your data.

Keele University will process your data for the purposes of reviewing your Visiting Research Fellow application.

Types of categories of personal data to be processed:

  • Name
  • Title
  • Postal address
  • Email address
  • Telephone number
  • Nationality
  • Passport Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Qualifications
  • Job title and place of work

You have a number of rights with respect to your personal data, including the right to object and to complain

Please see for more details, or contact the Faculty Research Office at