Essex International Visiting Fellowships

Applications are now open for the third round of Short-stay International Visiting Fellows and the first round of Extended-stay International Visiting Fellows. The deadline is 31 March 2017.

Essex International Visiting Fellowships are prestigious, competitive awards for high performing, established academics and researchers. This flagship University programme, provides support for outstanding researchers to undertake a period of research at the University of Essex, that is of major importance in its field and of significant benefit to Essex's research.

The programme provides a platform to:

  • work with Essex academics on a research project or publication
  • champion Essex as a centre of scholarly excellence at an international level
  • raise the profile of the multi-disciplinary research community at Essex
  • enrich the research and training environment for early career postgraduate and postdoctoral scholars at Essex

Programme components

The Essex International Visiting Fellowship programme has two components:

  • Short-stay International Visiting Fellow – to enable scholars to spend a maximum of two weeks at Essex
  • Extended-stay International Visiting Fellow – to enable scholars to spend up to ten months at Essex

Applications are open for Short-stay International Visiting Fellows for visits starting September 2016. Applications for Extended-stay International Visiting Fellows open 31 March 2017 for visits starting September 2017.

Eligibility

Essex International Visiting Fellowships are open to researchers based outside the United Kingdom, who have a sustained track record of significant output, as demonstrated in peer-reviewed literature, and a strong commitment to quality research outputs. PhD students and post-doctoral students are not eligible for the scheme.

International Visiting Fellows applications must be supported by a senior Essex academic and during their visit it is expected that the Fellow(s) will contribute to the wider activity of the University, engaging with a wide cross-section of the research community.

We cannot accept applications to either our Southend or Loughton Campuses. Should you wish to visit one of these campuses, please see our staff mobility information for other funding opportunities.

Please keep in mind that the International Visiting Fellowship is awarded on a competitive basis. For academic year 2016-17 we have six fellowships available.

Benefits

An Essex International Visiting Fellowship includes:

  • economy travel for the Visiting Fellow (return journey)
  • self-catering accommodation, including the cost of utilities
  • a contribution to subsistence (£100 per week)

Award holders are given the title International Visiting Fellow for the period of their stay.

How to apply

During your stay, it is anticipated that you will contribute to a number of activities. When you apply, you should therefore identify events and activities you that will contribute to during your stay. The programme of events should aim to incorporate some of the following:

  • presentation of your core research to a targeted audience
  • research and/or training event targeted at PhD students and early career scholars
  • exploration of further collaborative opportunities with groups/individuals
  • a public event
  • interdisciplinary activity aimed at an audience beyond your immediate field of specialism, eg lecture, performance, exhibition, seminar, workshop

Applications are only accepted via the online application portal. In order to make the application process easier please note the following steps:

  • Step 1: Create an account

    To access our application form and you will need to create an account on our system.

    Once you've created an account you will receive an email from our system to activate your account, after which you can log in and start completing the form. When setting your password please make sure it is a minimum of ten characters and it includes at least one capital letter, one number and one special character.

  • Step 2: Complete the form

    The form has several sections which you are asked to mark section as complete (using the tick boxes). You must do this for each section, otherwise you will not be able to submit your application.

    In addition, sections marked with an asterisk (*) are compulsory. Your application will not progress without completing these sections. The form has information circles (marked 'I') that provide help when filling out the form.

  • Step 3: Upload documents

    Some sections of the form will ask you to upload documents to support your application. You must upload:

    • your abbreviated curriculum vitae (one to two A4 pages maximum)
    • proposal of your research activity (one to two A4 pages maximum)
    • letter of invite/support from a hosting department or centre at Essex – must be on official letter headed paper and signed by Head of Department or Centre / Institute Director

    Please ensure the documents are in PDF or JPEG format, otherwise the form will notify you of an upload error.

  • Step 4: Submit

    Applications are not currently being accepted for the Extended-stay International Visiting Fellow strand. The next application period with be in 2017.

    When you submit your application you will receive an email notifying you of your application being complete, and you will also have the ability to download a PDF version of your application.

    Amendments

    Once your application has been submitted no more changes can be made to it. If you submit your application and it contains errors or would like to change the content of any of the sections in your application, please email eagrants@essex.ac.uk with your request and we will be in contact as soon as possible to allow you access to your application. Please bear in mind that you can only change sections that have been completed with the wrong information.

    Contact us

    If you experience any issues with the form, please contact us at eagrants@essex.ac.uk and we help you with any issues you might have.

Applications are invited throughout the year and should be submitted by close of business on the day of the deadline:

Short-stay International Visiting Fellows

  • for visits from September to December, submit by 31 July
  • for visits from January to April, submit by 30 November
  • for visits from May to August, submit by 31 March

Extended-stay International Visiting Fellows

  • 31 March 2017 for visits from September 2017 to July 2018

Selection criteria

Applications to the Essex International Visiting Fellowship programme will be assessed on:

  • quality of your contribution to your field, as attested by your curriculum vitae
  • ability of the programme to advance collaborative research activities
  • breadth and/or depth of research constituency at Essex to which you will appeal, as demonstrated by the letter of support from a hosting department
  • ability of programme of events to enrich the research environment across a wide range of departments/audiences
  • value for money – potential impact of activity relative to the University’s contribution

Selection decisions are made by a panel, chaired by the PVC Research, and including the PVC Education and one nominee from each faculty.

Timelines

For Short-stay International Visiting Fellows decisions are made within two weeks of the deadline and for Extended-stay International Visiting Fellows decisions are made by the end of April proceeding the academic year of the visit.

You will be required to complete a report at the end of your visit.

Abel Escriba-Folch - Impact of security forces on civil wars

Abel Escriba-Folch

During his two weeks at the University of Essex, Professor Abel Escriba-Folch worked with a number academics from the Department of Government to carry out research for a joint project on the impact of security forces structure on the duration and outcome of civil wars. He also met with PhD students, contributed to a workshop with the Michael Nicholson Centre for Conflict and Cooperation and gave a presentation about his research on security force structure and civil wars. Talking about his successful visit, Professor Escribà said:

"My short stay at the University of Essex has allowed us to lay the groundwork for a collaborative paper. Combining our respective knowledge and expertise in different topics, we've been able to identify a relevant research question and develop some initial hypotheses. We have also merged data and run some initial tests. Tasks are now divided and we'll keep working."

Greg Wright - Health impact of trade embargo

Greg Wright

Hailing from Radboud University, Greg Wright focused on two different research projects during his trip to the University of Essex. His primary focus was to work with Matthias Parey to research the long-term health impact of a trade embargo, which he now feels is ready to be published in a journal.

He also worked with Tianxi Wang to explore the impact of new technologies on the income distributions within occupations, and left our University having also made significant progress in this field of research.

Jieling Xu - History of Anti-Schistosomiasis campaign in the Jiangxi Province

Professor Jieling Xu

The first International Visiting Fellow to be hosted by the Department of History, Professor Jieling Xu joined Professor Xun Zhou to curate an upcoming public exhibition on the history of Anti-Schistosomiasis Campaign in the Jiangxi Province. Professor Xu’s expertise came in useful when creating a narrative for the exhibition, and when identifying certain exhibit objects.

At her home institution, East China Jiaotong University, Professor Xu teaches the Modern History of China, and the Principles of Political Economy.

Julian Togelius - Video game artificial intelligence

Julian Togelius

Visiting from the New York University, Professor Julian Togelius worked with Professor Simon Lucas to develop research plans to exploit recent advances in video game artificial intelligence. Professor Togelius also presented a seminar to all first-year IGGI-PhD students and most second/third-year IGGI-PhD students to discuss developments in AI, and how games can be used as a benchmark to improve AI.

Professor Togelius and Professor Lucas share long-term plans of establishing general video game AI as the foundational basis for game-designers to tune and play-test their games.

Contact us

Please email sbryer@essex.ac.uk if you have any queries regarding Essex International Visiting Fellows.